BURUNDI: GEF finances restoration of agricultural land in Kayanza

World Bank financing is provided under the Burundian Landscape Restoration and Resilience Project (BLRRP), implemented by the Burundian government to mitigate the degradation of agricultural land on which farmers depend in several provinces of the country. The $ 6 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank is intended for the implementation of the LPRP in Kayanza province.

According to the World Bank, GEF support will allow the introduction of earthworks and bioengineering measures that are expected to increase agricultural yields and put degraded land back into production, thus alleviating the shortage of arable land. The project will also promote activities that reduce forest conversion and degradation.

A project also supported by FAO

“Climate change is the ultimate multiplier of threats to fragility in a country like Burundi, and this additional funding builds on the recognition that landscape restoration efforts must be addressed to tackle the multifaceted issues related to climate change. rural poverty, nutrition, food security and land use at community level ”, explains Jean Christophe Carret, Director of World Bank operations for Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola.

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In Kayanza province, northern Burundi, PRRPB activities will take place in nine highly degraded coffee hills near Kibira National Park in Matongo commune and in degraded forest landscapes in and along southern sectors. -est of the park, especially in Teza and Rwegura. . The GEF is funding the Landscape Restoration and Resilience Project under its Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration Impact (Folur) program, which aims to transform food systems and land use. land globally so that areas and farmers are better integrated into demand and funding sectors. , producing ecosystem services and preserving natural capital. In addition to the World Bank and the GEF, the BLRRP is also supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Jean-Marie Takouleu

Amalia H. Mercado