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Platform for Food Security and Rural Development of the Imbo/Mosso (PNSADR-IM)

$30 million to improve water management and irrigation in drought-prone areas, improved technologies, productive assets, and the establishment of farmer field schools.
Photo: Arne Hoel


In Burundi, nearly 70% of the population lives on less than $1 a day; and people living in rural areas are the most severely affected by poverty and food insecurity. It is estimated that more than 95% of the population works in the farming sector, and most are small farmers who depend on food crops. Their poverty is largely linked to low agricultural productivity, due in large part to the small size of farms, low soil fertility, limited technological and financial capital assets, lack of access to quality seeds and fertilizers, and a limited technical knowledge on farming best practices. 


PNSADR-IM strengthens food security and rural development in Imbo and Moso regions. The project reinforces hydro-agricultural infrastructure (e.g., dams, roads) in marshlands and plains, provides access to production areas, develops and strengthens the rice and milk sectors, supports production diversification, promotes nutrition education, and builds stakeholders’ capacities in agricultural development in targeted sectors.

Project Status



  • Burundi



Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • IFAD


As of December 2020, the project has reached more than 35,7900 people (32 percent women). To build capacity, PNSADR-IM provided 15,899 client days of extension services to farmers and community members, established 22 new rice field schools (out of 32 planned), set up 70 hill community development committees, and trained 746 people (out of 2,000 planned) on the community solidarity chain management. In terms of land and infrastructure management, the project equipped 202 hectares of land with new irrigation and drainage services and 1,042 hectares of land with improved/rehabilitated irrigation and drainage services, rehabilitated 89.62 kilometers of roads, received 3 storage warehouses for rice (out of 10 planned), and delivered 6 improved huskers (out of 18 planned). Nutritional support has been an important project component, and PNSADR-IM ensured that 38,445 people receive improved nutrition services. Finally, the project artificially inseminated 2,037 cattle (out of 6,000 planned), which led to the birth of 1,728 calves (out of 2,300 planned) and acquired 8,000 doses of the Muguga vaccines to fight theileriosis. 

PNSADR-IM repurposed its budget in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Within this process, the project distributed 23.67 tons of corn seeds to be used on 872 hectares of corn intensification lands (out of 400 hectares planned), benefitting 4,103 people, including 395 women who are heads of their households. Additionally, the project distributed vegetable seeds and sweet potato cuttings, established nutritional rehabilitation centers, and provided beneficiaries with nutrition education.


Rym Ben Zid
Country Program Manager, +257 22-205-460

Dagmawi Habte-Selassie 

Sandra Nyambuza