Christian Aid

Natural Resource Management and Poverty Reduction in Burundi

An investment of £600,000 over three years will enable the Anglican Church of Burundi to improve the agricultural environment and reduce the impact of disasters across the country’s six dioceses. 9,000 families (45,000 people) will directly benefit, with a further 100,000 people indirectly benefiting. This programme is a strategic priority for Christian Aid, and private capital is earnestly sought.

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)
  • OtherOther



Facing multiple challenges including extreme levels of poverty, overcrowding, natural resource depletion, an unproductive agricultural sector, food shortages, and a high number of internally displaced people, Burundi is a country in urgent need of appropriate and sustainable development interventions. Christian Aid partner, the Anglican Church of Burundi, will respond to these challenges through a natural resource management and poverty reduction programme. Working across the six dioceses of Burundi, namely Bujumbura, Buye, Gitega, Makamba, Matana and Muyinga, the project aims to identify, prevent and overcome the impact of natural and man-made disasters. It will have three main components – environmental protection, water and soil management and disaster risk reduction. The following indicates some of the outcomes expected from this programme and its activities; Environmental protection activities • 9 million trees will be planted within 3 years • 6,000 hectares will be protected against soil erosion • rural livelihoods will become more sustainable through improved local environment • 100,000 people will indirectly benefit from protected water catchments Water and soil management • 1.8 million agro-forestry trees and 600,000 fruit trees will be planted over 3 years • 6000 metres of ‘living’ terraces will be established • 2.4 million cuttings and bulbs will be distributed to farmers over 3 years • 3000 households will benefit from reduced soil erosion and improved soil fertility • 3000 households will benefit from improved diets through consumption of fruit • 3000 households will benefit from increased household income from selling fodder Community based disaster risk reduction • disaster management committees set up at provincial, diocesan and parish level • communities made aware of and prepared to reduce the impact of climate related disasters • church leaders trained in disaster risk reduction and development • a disaster contingency plan written by the Anglican Church of Burundi This programme is a strategic priority for Christian Aid, and £600,000 of private capital is earnestly sought to deliver lasting environmental, agricultural production, and disaster resilience changes to the six dioceses of Burundi.