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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. 


The Platform for Food Security and Rural Development of the Imbo/Moso (PNSA-DR-IM) strengthens food security and rural development in the regions of Imbo and Moso in the Republic of Burundi. The project reinforces hydro-agricultural infrastructure such as dams and roads in marshlands and plains, provides access to production areas, develops and strengthens the rice and milk sectors, supports the diversification of production, promotes nutritional education, and builds the capacity of stakeholders in agricultural development in targeted sectors.

Project Status






Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • IFAD


To date, the project has reached 278,814 people, of whom one-half are women. The project expects to reach 333,540 beneficiaries and 55,575 households. So far, seven marsh user associations (AUM) are operational. The capacities of the 20 rice cooperatives and 7 established dairy cooperatives have been strengthened. About 40 to 70 percent of their members report having improved their income and food security through increased production. Jobs have been created for beneficiaries to dig anti-erosive ditches for the protection of watersheds and to be trained as community animal health workers. Of the 2,282 jobs created, over 760 have been filled by youth. Additionally, over 5,000 students from 10 primary schools with school canteens have benefitted from project vegetable gardens. The project has conducted awareness-raising events targeting educators and principals in an effort to improve nutrition.


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

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The Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) is dedicated to fighting hunger, malnutrition, and poverty in low-income countries by supporting resilient and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit and empower poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers. Since its inception in 2010, GAFSP has received contributions totaling $1.7 billion from Australia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, with funds going to countries that have strategic, innovative, and credible plans already in place to improve agricultural productivity and food security.

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