Plantwise in Burundi Annual Report 2021
Published: March, 2022
In Burundi, Plantwise will contribute towards tackling some of the major challenges in the agricultural sector identified in the country’s policy documents. Plantwise Burundi is being introduced by CABI and implemented jointly by various partners, led by Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU). Implementation of activities in the country commenced in November 2020, and this report covers all project activities and achievements until the end of 2021.
Worldwide, over 500 million smallholder farmers provide food for two-thirds of the earth’s growing population. Achieving a zero hunger world by 2030 depends on increasing the productivity of these smallholder farmers – but their crops face a significant threat. Yearly, an estimated 40% of crops grown worldwide are lost to pests. If we could reduce crop losses by just 1%, we could potentially feed millions more people. The lack of access to timely, appropriate and actionable extension advice makes it a fundamental challenge for farmers to get the right information at the right time to reduce crop losses.