The national agricultural research institutes, ISABU, are IITA main partners. IITA has strengthened the technical and scientific capacity of its main agricultural research partner, ISABU, by training its researchers and staff and providing laboratory equipment and vehicles. For other partners and stakeholders, IITA has promoted technologies including macro-propagation of banana as part of the effort to improving and promoting the seed system and sector.
As a result of IITA interventions, 5 cassava varieties tolerant to major pests and diseases have been released and widely cultivated. In addition, 3 banana varieties have been popularized and are grown in Burundi. As part of PRODEMA project, IIITA has conducted market studies on milk, cassava, banana, fruits and vegetables including household survey t guide installation of processing units and to promote nutrition packages.
Currency: Burundian franc (FBu) (BIF)
Area (total): 25,680 km2
Population: 10,864,245 (2017)