Burundi, one of the world’s poorest and most underdeveloped countries, is faced with crippling levels of hunger and malnutrition. Kitchen gardens, however, are helping to improve nutrition and your support is allowing us reach more people than ever.
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Almost a month into the kitchen garden project Health and Nutrition Coordinator in Burundi, Zenon Ndikuriyo, describes how kitchen gardens – constructed with your support – are benefitting families in Burundi.
We catch up with Galway-based chef and restaurateur, Jp McMahon, to find out why he decided to get involved with the kitchen gardens project and why he believes growing vegetables is essential for strengthening communities in both Ireland and Burundi.
We train communities in Burundi on how to grow their own vegetables using kitchen gardens. These luscious vegetables not only taste delicious but also help ensure a healthy, diverse diet and help reduce malnutrition. This spring, why not grow your own vegetables too? With this step-by-step guide on how to grow carrots, you’ll be a GIY whizz in no time!
My name is Zenon Ndikuriyo, I’m a Health and Nutrition Coordinator with Concern from the east African country of Burundi. Burundi is one of the world’s poorest countries and this year in particular, we’re facing real food security challenges.
Burundi, one of the world’s poorest nations, has endured a myriad of challenges in recent years. Struggling to emerge from a fifteen year civil war, the landlocked country has experienced high levels of inflation, displacement and food insecurity. And unfortunately, extreme weather conditions in recent times have compounded the challenges facing this central African country.
Close to the border of Democratic Republic of Congo lies Gatumba, a region in western Burundi near the capital city of Bujumbura. Recently heavy rains, amplified by the El Niño effect, caused the river Rusizi to burst its banks. The results were serious for nearby communities.
Despite achieving economic growth of 4% per annum in recent years, Burundi is still facing challenges of poverty, inequality and malnutrition. Many communities in the country remain very vulnerable to the effects of severe weather events. Mabayi Commune – in Cibitoke Province, in the northwest of the country – is one such community.