WFP's SAFE Initiative in Burundi

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

WFP's SAFE Initiative in Burundi


Technology field of reference: cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food security, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Schools , Host community

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Burundi is a developing, low-income and food deficit country, troubled by one and a half decades of conflict affecting over 9 million people. In Burundi, largely 96% of energy requirements are met through traditional biomass of which 70% is the usage of wood fuel, 18.35% agriculture residues, 5.82% charcoal, and the rest is made up of other resources, including plant residues. Inefficient firewood usage and high population density in Burundi makes firewood increasingly scarce and places reforestation efforts in competition with land for agricultural production. Between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover. In rural areas of Burundi, income-generating activities are limited, with agriculture as the main livelihood for most people. Since most profits from crops go to purchasing food, people often cannot afford to meet their basic needs such as cooking fuel, education and health. SAFE in Burundi is a collaborative effort between WFP and its partners. This programme implements institutional stoves through WFP’s School Meals programme and introduces energy- and livelihood-related activities in communities and households. 1. School Meals programme  Home-grown school meals in the western provinces (Bubanza, Cibitoke and Bujumbura)  Traditional school meals in three northern provinces (Kirundo, Muyinga and Ngozi)  Emergency school meals in the provinces with high concentrations of returnees and deportees (Bururi, Makamba, Rutana and Ruyigi) 2. Communities and households in Gitega  Production and training in fuel efficient stoves and briquettes  Livelihood support in community forestry and tree seedling planting  Environmental rehabilitation through agroforestry and natural resources management  Community capacity building through training and education programmes with beneficiaries on gender, health, nutrition, and fuel-efficient cooking practices


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From 01/01/2012

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