Developing Dreams in Burundi
Written by Plant With Purpose on September 19, 2013 in General
“Agriculture is now a very important revenue-generating activity. Unfortunately, as rural farmers, we face many obstacles to develop our farms and sustain food production,” share Elisha Kaganda from Kiremba, Burundi. However, after partnering with Plant With Purpose Burundi, she says, “We hope that gradually we can achieve this dream of developing our agricultural activities to meet our food needs and at the same time give us income.”
Elisha Kaganda’s dream is one that aligns with Humidtropics, a new initiative of the international organization, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Plant With Purpose Burundi has been selected to be the nonprofit representative on the planning committee and in so it is joining some of the most respected names in agriculture and development research around the world. Over the next 15 years, Humidtropics will be looking at innovative agricultural systems and working toward lifting 25 percent of poor households above the poverty line, increasing food yields by 60 percent, and increasing farm income by 50 percent, all while reducing the number of malnourished children by 30 percent and restoring sustainability to farms.
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