IITA has been present in Burundi since the 1980s and has achieved important results in the areas of germplasm, capacity building, and integrated management of plant diseases and pests. Improved germplasm of food crops which have been introduced include cassava, banana and maize. High productivity and tolerance are the main criteria for selecting these germplasms. To control diseases and pests, IITA has installed 27 weather stations in ecology ranging from 800 to 2400 m altitude to assess the incidence and severity of diseases related to pest outbreaks resulting from change in climatic condition. 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)