Agriculture in Burundi. Challenges. Solutions


From IFDC Website,

Child with isuka by DOUTTI

Of Burundi’s total land area,
33 percent is utilised for cultivated crops, while another
14 percent supports permanent crops such as trees bearing fruits and nuts.

The economy is also highly dependent on the export of coffee and tea,
which account for 90 percent of the country’s foreign exchange earnings.



Due to outdated agricultural practices and poor use of resources,
68 percent of Burundi’s population lives in poverty.

Two of several urgent agricultural issues facing Burundi are
soil erosion and deforestation.

Banana . Cassava . Coffee . Cotton . Hides . Livestock . Maize . Milk . Sorghum . Sweet Potato . Tea

PAPAP Projet d’Appui à la Productivité Agricole au Burundi.
PIP:Plan Intégré Paysan.
PSSD: Private Seed Sector Development
MAVC: Microcredit Agricole and Value Chain

Africa innovate! A new PC is less than 50$ Why you import old ones that cost more?

Imagine old (huge) PC’s and laptops brought to Africa by containers from US and Europe. What a ‘waste’ of energy, money, transport costs….

raspberry PI 3For what purposes are those PC’s used? Education?
To search the web and use text editors? Mostly all basic things.

This ‘job’ can be done by even smartphones!
And if you want a pc, then first check what you want to do with it.

Instead of struggling to bring old pc’s that cost more and are far less performant than the newest technology to do the job. So check out the latest technology available.

This will bring everybody further. This will close the technology and education gap fast!

You can buy the latest (mini) PC’s from 30$. F.e. Raspberry Pi3. Shuttle etc.

Don’t let the word mini pc mislead you. They are much more performant than the big (also in size) crap you use!

compare raspberry PI3 to laptop or pc
The (mini) pc compared to a laptop!

1. Latest technology;
2. Less consumption, you can compare it with a lightbulb! So it can work easily on solar energy which you have in abundance in Africa.
3. Less weight so lower transport costs.

What is Africa waiting for?

Wake up! GO for IT.


Aquaculture important for Burundi. Meeting with Jon Gulbrandsen.

In my series of meetings with people that have ideas for a positive focus in and on Burundi, I had a chat with former researcher and professor, now author, dr. Jon Gulbrandsen.

Stephan meeting Jon Gulbrandsen on Aquaculture. Bujumbura 15/11/2016

Jon is an aquaculture specialist. He wrote an article on food production and aquaculture to make politicians and the world aware of the value of Aquaculture. Lets learn our lessons and hope people share the benefits from it.

Stephan Doukhopelnikoff Lake Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika. Photography

“Burundi has the unique possibility to increase her food production significantly by developing aquaculture. This is so because Burundi has some of the world’s richest unexploited freshwater resources, Lake Tanganyika. Aquaculture is the most efficient way of producing animal protein.”

BurundiGO. Imagine. Bujumbura. Clip Video. Youtube