We are working with our partner, Social Action for Development, to pursue projects that will raise the profile of bamboo as a resource that can alleviate poverty, empower women and youth, restore soil, and mitigate natural disasters.
Highly agricultural, Burundi is challenged by climate change events and public health issues.
As reported in the 2019 census, Burundi has a population just shy of 12 million people. Landlocked in the Great Rift Valley, the country shares a northern border with Rwanda, an eastern border with Tanzania, and Lake Tanganyika and DR Congo span its western side. Agriculture is the main industry in Burundi and employs 90% of the workforce, consumer good production and mining are other top industries (UN FAO, 2017).
Burundi, working hard on bolstering its international allies and relationships, still faces vast economic and health challenges. The World Food Programme’s 2021 Country Brief reports that 65% of the population lives in poverty. And, according to the Lancet’s 2019 Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD), malnutrition, WASH, and air pollution are the largest drivers when it comes to disability and death risk factors – these have an unfortunate correlation with Burundi’s 55% rate of childhood stunting, the highest in the world.
Nationally under 10% of the population has access to electricity and, as a result, 95% of the energy produced in Burundi comes from biomass (World Bank, 2019). This dependence, states the UNDP, results in major deforestation and soil degradation; and leads to flooding, infrastructure destruction, and wildlife habitat loss. These factors shock both humans and animals – 70% of internal population displacement is a result of natural disasters, and, at this point, elephant and gorilla populations have essentially gone extinct in the country (ADBG, 2019; EB, 2021).
What benefits do we aim to achieve?
By using our Bamboo for Good methodology, PBR will increase income opportunities, grow sustainable energy sources, and restore wildlife habitat.
We aim to establish nurseries and scalable planting operations. These undertakings will provide jobs for local communities and resources for energy and industry creation. Our bamboo plantings will have the ability to restore soil quality and stabilize slopes, leading to higher agricultural yields and increased regional nutrition.
As a result of these actions, our program’s goals to slow deforestation and mitigate the effects of climate change will be attainable.
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