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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



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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Launched in 2010, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Program (GAFSP) represents a transformative approach to development aid that pools donor funds to make lasting improvements by supporting technically sound, country-led plans and sustainable, inclusive small- and medium-sized enterprises. The inaugural donors—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Spain, and the United States—were soon joined by Australia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. GAFSP’s donors work in partnership with recipients, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders to improve the lives of smallholder farmers and their families. Millions of poor and vulnerable people around the world will directly benefit from GAFSP’s continued commitment and support. GAFSP looks to engage other donors and stakeholders in this important initiative.

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