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The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands provided funding to SNV for the implementation of the PADANE project. The project will contribute to improved food & nutrition security through commercial farming opportunities, resilient farming systems and employment creation in particular for youth and women.

Burundi has a diverse agro-ecological landscape that makes the country very suitable for high productive and specialised agriculture - particularly for domestic markets in horticulture, commercial crops such as sorghum, passion fruit and small niche types of crops such as essential oils. Growing urbanization causes the food demand to increase offering opportunities for the development of domestic agrifood chains. The country’s population is growing fast and competition for land resources is high. The hilly landscape however makes it very vulnerable to erosion and soil degradation in absence of sustainable farming and soil conservation practices. As a consequence, arable land is incredibly scarce. Burundi remains one of the poorest countries in the world with almost 65% of the population living below the poverty line. Food and nutrition insecurity is widespread, with Burundi ranking last on the 2013 Global Hunger Index

Road networks, processing facilities for quality products and market infrastructures are poorly developed and not well organised. Marketing and logistics, therefore, remain a challenge. Management of food safety and development of standards also need attention, especially for domestic processed foods.

Agriculture remains the backbone of Burundi’s economic growth employing between 80-90% of the population according to the World Bank. The country’s agriculture consists mostly of subsistence farming on small plots of land with low productivity due to, among others, inefficient agricultural practices, degraded land, high vulnerability to erosion and irregular rainfall. Agricultural input services and agricultural extension to farmers are scarce and of doubtful quality. Production for markets is very limited.  

The Approach

The PADANE project will contribute access to and availability of nutritious food through (i) improving awareness of people on nutritious food, (ii) working from their self-motivation to change their own behaviour (food production and consumption) and (iii) searching for the best options and solutions to improve their own food and nutrition security through food production, food marketing or increased purchasing power. Where possible, the project will make efforts to seek dialogue and interaction with other actors active in health.

Overall objective:  

The PADANE project aims to contribute to increased stability and security from improved food & nutrition security through commercial farming opportunities, resilient farming systems and employment creation.

Expected outcomes


Increasing incomes of farming households through cash-crop value chain development.


Increasing availability of nutritious food and diversification of production and income through increased productivity and farm and community planning.


Increasing income from (self-)employment in and around selected value chains.


Improved enabling environment for better quality of food, market regulation for competitiveness and farm succession planning.


Increasing access to nutritious food through increased awareness, home-production and consumption (women and household empowerment).

Our experts

Jeen Kootstra

Country Director - Kenya

John Masinde

Agriculture Sector Lead

Filippo Ghezzi

Project Manager

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