Burundi has an urgent need for development. It is one of the hungriest countries in the world; 58% of children under five are stunted due to malnutrition and 1 in 10 children die before their fifth birthday. This is mainly due to poor weather, low investment and plant disease.
Yet Burundi’s problems are also rooted in history: its agriculture was devastated by the 1993 – 2005 war – the culmination of decades of inter-ethnic conflict. Today, climate change, crop disease and the over exploitation of soil have only added to its difficulties.
Some 90% of people depend on agriculture for a living but 67% of people are malnourished. 78% of the population live on less than $1.90 a day and the 2016 UN Human Development Index ranks Burundi as one of the least developed countries in the world - 184th of 188 countries.
Send a Cow began working in Burundi in 2013. As such, Burundi is a relatively new challenge for Send a Cow and one of our smallest country programmes and one we hope to grow.