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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



  • Burundi



Focus area

  • Climate Change
  • Fragility
  • Nutrition

Supervising entity

  • IFAD


As of December 2019, the project has:

  • Reached 329,900 people, including 32 percent women
  • Created 9,534 jobs through the watershed protection works, rehabilitation of rural roads, marshland development, construction of storage sheds and milk centers, strengthening rice and dairy cooperatives and milk collectors, and community animal health agents;
  • Completed developing 1,010 hectares of irrigated perimeter in the Rukaramu, incl. 41 percent of the planned 2,470 hectares
  • Protected 9,360 hectares of watersheds, incl. 78 percent of the planned 12,000 hectares with vegetated anti-erosion ditches
  • Rehabilitated 89,62 kilometers of roads
  • Constructed 22.27 kilometers of roads
  • Ensured that 35,533 people receive improved nutrition services
  • Supported substantial livestock activity, such as the artificial insemination of 2,306 cows and tagging of 6,154 cows


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