ESAFF Burundi milestones using FPS materials
Eastern and Southern Africa small scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) in Burundi is engaged in a food and nutrition security programme, which is aimed at achieving a diverse nutritious diet among vulnerable smallholder farmers in the rural areas of Burundi.
The program began last year in the provinces of Cibitoke, Bujumbura Rural and Bubanza. Food insecurity is mainly explained by the scarcity of land, which leads to its overexploitation, its fragmentation and the use of marginal land, resulting in a soil degradation and low agricultural productivity.
ESAFF Burundi used the materials provided by Food Plant Solutions, focusing on local food plants, and the programme has been able to achieve the milestones as follows:
Awareness-raising messages on nutritious food plants: the Nutritional Rehabilitation Learning Centers (FARN) played a major role in terms of communication and awareness raising. The “light mothers” and health center agents affirmed that the proportion of children suffering from acute malnutrition during period of six month (Jan-June 2022) had decreased due to the use of local food plants. The evaluation report states that 8,270 guardians of children, pregnant and lactating women followed the capacity building on best practices on Infant and Young Child Feeding (ANJE) and nutritional values of local food plants.
School gardens – The field visits of the evaluation team made it possible to validate the presence of 8 school gardens integrated the following food plants: Taro, hybrid plantains, peanut, soybean, pigeon pea, pumpkin, sweet yam and bitter cucumber. This happened after being aware of nutritional values of local food plants.
ESAFF Burundi, Bujumbura-Burundi, Kigobe Sud, Bld Mwezigisao