In the context of its Multi Annual Country Strategic Plan 2019-2022, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi requested SNV to co-create and co-design a coherent multi-year project around food and nutrition security called PADANE, the acronym for “Projet d’Appui au Développement Agricole pour la Nutrition et l’Entrepreneuriat”. This project will increase resilience of vulnerable rural populations, as well as improving incomes through market linkages and private sector agribusiness development.
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 patchouli for essential oils.
Growing urbanization causes the food demand to increase, offering opportunities for the development of domestic agri-food 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. Consequently, 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.
Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Burundi, PADANE builds upon the results of the SCAD and PAPAB projects, both funded by the later, which introduced the PIP (Plan Intégré du Paysan) approach to 77,000 rural smallholder farmers. PADANE is a multi-annual project that will last until March 2025, it enhances training modules of the PIP approach to scale up and to link to the other workstreams such as inclusive value chains, inclusive finance, food and nutrition security, opportunities for youth employment to ensure sustainability. Gender is cross cutting and has been introduced in all project approaches, which are also supported by a learning, dialogue and advocacy component.
The project is being executed by several implementing partners both national and international NGO’s (ADISCO, OAP, Réseau Burundi 2000+, ZOA, Agriterra, BBIN, GVC and Twitezimbere) coordinated by SNV. It covers seven provinces of Burundi and the selected value chains in which PADANE is active are white sorghum, sunflower, patchouli, milk, chicken and eggs, vegetables and fruits.
The PADANE project aims at improving the living conditions of agricultural households, women and young people and market actors, through increased incomes, job creation for youth and women, food and nutritional security and resilience to climate change
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).