Burundi – Community savings groups help fight hunger
Burundi is one of the most challenging places to live in the world. In 2017, it was declared to be the most food insecure nation in the world by the United Nations. The World Bank estimates that 65 percent of its 11.2 million people live in poverty.
This extreme poverty is connected to a violent history of ethnic conflict. While Burundi’s civil war formally ended in 2005, many people still face the effects of displacement, uncertainty, and tension. It has one of the highest population densities in the world, but the average farm measures only one acre. Nine out of ten Burundians depend on agriculture for their livelihood, yet their limited farmland is devastated by deforestation, drought, war, and over-farming.
The challenges faced by smallholder farming families in Burundi are significant, but so is their determination. And as they come together to increase their crop production, they are also planting peace in their communities. People of all ethnic backgrounds work together, and in doing so, they create a more peaceful and prosperous future for their families and their country.
2008 Year Established
Floresta Burundi Local Partner
Noe Nizigama Country Director
5,966,265 Trees Planted
359 Savings Groups
$365,294 Savings Group Member Equity
148 Church Partnerships
8,839 Participating Families
127 Participating Communities