PVC Burundi, the Solution, to restore the degraded land in rural araes of Burundi!

2023 Restorative Movement´s Activities launched,

250,000 trees and species

Since july 2022 to april 2023, we will producing, distrubuting and planting these trees and species, to restore about 2500 hectares of degraded land in rural areas of Burundi.

Close-up of dried, cracked earth.

What’s the problem?

More than half of the land in Africa is degraded, the vast majority of the population in Africa lives from agriculture and livestock.
In Burundi, it is estimated that more than 95% of the population lives from agriculture and livestock, in the rural areas where our project is based, this percentage is slightly lower compared to families, who survive from unfair agricultural practices.

The use of chemical fertilizers, industrial phytosanitary products has become the management of farmers, the Governments and local companies, manage to distribute these products at a negotiated cost, but the increase in agricultural production remains a long way off.
The destruction of the biomass, the biodiversity, the natural resources is a reality in Burundi, the climatic changes are observed from one day to the next, more particular by periods of the floods which carry the terrestrial resources, the arable lands, ….

For years and years, Burundian farmers have exploited the cultivable land and its natural resources, in conditions that today no family in the rural environment, is able to produce agricultural production, with its suitable land to feed its family for the following month.

Poverty continues to increase from years to years, children die every day of hunger, in an survey organised in Burundi, in some provinces of Burundi in 2018, showed an acute malnutrition greater than 50% for children under 5 years old.

why PVC is running this project?

PVC Burundi as a social enterprise operates in the rural region of Burundi, our interventions continue from region to region, in order to reach other regions and the whole country in general in the upcoming years.

The Rural region, in which we are currently working exceeds the average of 95% of the population living by agriculture and livestock; the landscape is characterized by the loss of cultivable land that has taken hold over the years, by the practice of land exploitation, for a small space, with the duty to feed a family that is made up of several people, the Burundian demography is also very high compared to many other African countries.

The Community is trying to plant tree, but praticting the monoculture of eucalyptus.

Unfortunately, they were not planting these species for the purpose of land restoration nor for the restoration of forests, or biodiversity, rather they are planting, because the land has become unable to allow any kind of planting other than eucalyptus, the development of an agricultural garden has become more expensive, they are forced to use chemicals and other products, which are toxic, for the health of the population, the land and biodiversity, nevertheless these products are expensive, whereas the community has fallen for several years into poverty so that they cannot even be able to pay for schooling services for their children and health services

In connection with these eucalyptus plantations, no plantation can exist last more than 2 years, because these trees are cutted down, to create income that allows them to survive and to finance primary needs such as food, health, education, ….As in the whole world, the effects linked to climate change are observed in Burundi.

Resultat of these practises over the years

As the community plants these trees in their arable land, land has also become scarce to be able to develop sustainable agriculture, land lawsuits increase from time to time, the small forests that exist are not made for restoration of biodiversity but rather to survive.

Pictures from google Earth

In addition, Agriculture with unsuitable techniques has led the community to famine, more than 50% of children under 5 suffered from malnutrition in  2018 in a survey carried out by UNICEF and WHO.

In a recent survey of 2022 carried out by ISTEBU, on the nutritional status of families in Burundi, 40% of families do not manage to have what to eat during the day, food data during the evening are not published.

what we are doing?

Since 2020, PVC Burundi has launched a program to restore degraded lands in rural areas by involving the community through community groups, in order to be able to restore degraded lands, increase agricultural production, restore forests and biodiversity,

while promoting the creation of income, other than the commercialization and trading of trees and natural resources, to limit deforestation, but also to produce locally a large percentage of the food needed for the community, and this by various approaches, related to the production of the tools and techniques necessary for the implementation of our intervention strategies. 

By restoring the land, we increase food production, then new jobs are created, income are created, the farmers are trading the food, and other products from agroecology industry.

Our Sustainable planting Model 

We Plant for the future

The restoration of land and biodiversity is already a cause for sustainable restoration, in addition to that, we mainly produce trees and species that are likely to generate income for the communities, just by commercializing the parts of trees and species, that we plant with the community, from primary and/or secondary processing to a finished product with multiple uses.

how we launch this 2022-2023 activities

The production activities of the trees nurseries, were officially launched in August 2022, and we have an intensified phase of activities during the period from August until October.  

The beneficiaries of the project, had responded massively, for the preparation of the land that will house the nurseries, they brought hoes, machetes and other materials necessary for the realization of the planned activities.   

For this approach, the young and women members of the community gathered in the production units, will have the possibility of generating income from these activities that we have planned, they will have access to micro credits as a source of capital for the realization of the micro-projects of the house, instead of cutting the trees planted for a short period but also to limit the overplotation of the natural reserves as sources of income, they will also have access to health credits, for the payment of health services.
We will continue to raise funds to complete the total cost of the project for this second phase.


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