Inades-Formation Burundi: Towards an effective partnership with the University of Burundi for scientifically supported to family farming


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Bujumbura,  27 Déc. 2021 –  Committed since 2013 to the promotion of healthy, sustainable and sufficient food for all, Inades-Formation Burundi is embarking on a new era of close collaboration with major research institutions, in this case the University of Burundi.  The formalization of this partnership is initiated by the active participation in the organization of the workshop for sharing the results of research on farming practices in Burundi under the theme “Polycultures versus monocultures in the agricultural systems of Burundi, received ideas in the peasant school.  This activity took place within the premises of this university on December 27, 2021 under the lead of its Research Center in Animal, Plant and Environmental Production Sciences “CRAVE”.

                  Overview of the participants in the opening ceremonies

The audience was made up of the various research institutions ; both national and international NGOs working in the agricultural sector, including member organizations of the platform on family farming called the Agricultural Advocacy Group “ GPA » involved in defending the interests of family farmers ; young people enrolled in the master’s cycle in the various research disciplines at the University of Burundi  and the media. The choice of these participants was guided by their role in the development of the agricultural sector and their likely contribution to the process of developing the national plan for family farming and its implementation in accordance with the guidelines of the 2019 -2028 global action plan of the decade. On behalf of the Rector of the University of Burundi, the Director of Research and Innovation, Dr. NTWUNZWENIMANA Mélance led the opening ceremonies.

In his speech, the Director of Inades-Formation Burundi, Mr. NIGEZE Joseph strongly recognized their involvement in the preparations for the activity. He seized the moment to share with the audience the main fields of action of the institution and he hammered his commitment for other future opportunities in order to strengthen the synergies of action with the University of Burundi and its centers. research in the service of the common good.

The Director of Inades-Formation Burundi, Mr NIGEZE Joseph delivers his speech

Determined in the implementation of the United Nations Decade on Family Farming 2019-2028, with the aim of acting locally, Inades-Formation Burundi suddenly presented the theme  family farming, at the heart of sustainable agricultural systems in Burundi  Based on the general framework of family farming and in connection with the mission of Inades-Formation Burundi,  the Advocacy and Communication Officer, Mr. HAVYARIMANA Richard presented the theme mentioned above. He has developed the approach used in supporting family farmers and action research as preferred  methods to guarantee sustainable agricultural systems  in Burundi according to its geographical location. It has proven a clear link between sustainability in the real sense of the word and family farming visibly less interested in large-scale investments at the national level. This minimization of family farming is discouraging in a context where  almost 100% of food products come from the efforts of small family farmers. He focused on the advantages and opportunities that are emerging for this area to be sufficiently supported in the spirit of translating into application the decade to which we are committed and ensuring the lasting survival of all citizens.

Presentation by Mr HAVYARIMANA Richard from Inades-Formation Burundi

To sustainably support family farming, Inades-Formation Burundi as a practitioner, encourages action research on biofertilizers and bio-pesticides as well as other natural methods used by farmers in the treatment of plant diseases and pests. in the spirit of producing without destroying. All these innovations are directly supported on the ground in order to stimulate effective ownership by agricultural producers.

En plus de l’expertise d’Inades-Formation Burundi, d’autres conférenciers ont abordé des sujets similaires. The biological, nutritional and economic efficiency of the cassava-maize-bean association in the natural regions of Kirimiro and Mirwa was presented by Mr. SIBOMANA Remy, part of Support for Integral Development and Solidarity on the Hills ” ADISCO ” (member of the GPA). The similar analysis relating mainly to  the methodology and applications of the Cassava and Bean association was communicated by Prof. KABONEKA Salvator, teacher  at the University of Burundi. Finally, the other teacher from the same University,  Prof. NDIMANYA Patrice introduced the origin of the monoculture-polyculture dogma as a tool at the service of risk management, the resilience of communities and ecosystems.

Presentation by Prof. KABONEKA Salvator from the University of Burundi

In addition to the common understanding of certain notions from the peasant school in terms of family farming, through the results of shared analyses, the participants understood that polyculture is more efficient than monoculture. It is more logical in a country which essentially lives from agriculture at more than 90% like Burundi. The discussions unanimously allowed the audience to express the urgency of changing mentalities and adopting agricultural systems based on family farming. The intention is to minimize the obvious risks of investing solely in agribusiness. The participants thanked  the University of Burundi and its partners for accepting such debates in an academic environment to enlighten the entire Burundian community. They therefore asked to organize other conferences in the near future to explore these subjects separately, prioritizing family farming, which is the basis.

Organization of the panel in plenary

Inades-Formation Burundi is delighted with the close collaboration with  renowned national research institutions, including the University of Burundi. This framework will imperatively contribute to the sustainable development of the country thanks to the scientific validation of the data and the national scale-up of the results of the research-action being tested on family farms.

To motivate partners including Inades-Formation Burundi, all the facilitators of the monthly conferences for the 2021 financial year, the University of Burundi awarded them scientific communication certificates.

Awarding of the scientific communication certificate to the speaker of Inades-Formation Burundi

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ABCD2 project

Projet ABCD-Un élève un arbre COP28

1. Project title

Supporting the scaling-up of community experiences and citizen monitoring of public policies in response to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa (ABCD 2 project)

2. Summary

The project to scale up community experiences and dynamics of citizen monitoring of public policies in the face of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa is the continuation of an initial project to capitalize on these experiences.

In fact, in 2022, with funding from the Basque Agency for Development Cooperation (ABCD), Inades-Formation carried out the project “Study-capitalization of best practices in the face of the challenges of climate change and local governance in sub-Saharan Africa “This project capitalized on 50 experiences, including 31 on adaptation to climate change and 19 on governance, in 11 sub-Saharan African countries.

Based on the results of this pilot project, we have been able to identify and capitalize on some of the living realities of community efforts to combat the problems posed by climate change in Africa. They have been developed by a variety of players, including public services specializing in environmental and climate change management, civil society organizations and farmers’ organizations.

This second phase of the project, which will run for 30 months (2022-2024), aims to (i) scale up these good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience to climate change and of (ii) support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of the associated policy and regulatory frameworks.

3. General objective

Contribute to the fight against global warming, through the large-scale promotion of local experiences and concerted policy measures relating to adaptation, mitigation and resilience mechanisms for vulnerable populations, especially rural populations in sub-Saharan Africa.

4. Specific objectives

  • Scale up the good experiences developed by communities in African countries, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and resilience in the face of climate change.
  • Support the dynamics of citizen monitoring of related policy and regulatory frameworks

5. Completion period: June 2022 to November 2024

6. Project area

The project is being carried out in 11 countries: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, DR Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo.

7. Financial partner

Basque Agency for Cooperation and Development (ABCD)

9. Implementation partners

17 local development organizations with projects that will replicate the good experiences capitalized on in phase 1 of the project. They were selected on the basis of the evaluation criteria of effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, sustainability and gender equity, following a call for projects launched by Inades-Formation.

List of organizations and their projects



Project title


Burkina Faso


Strengthening women’s resilience to climate change by promoting agroecological practices. Case study of the agroecological farm run by the women of the Union des Groupements Féminins Ce Dwane Nyee (UGF/CDN), Sanguie province, Centre West region, Burkina Faso.


Burkina Faso

Inades-Formation Burkina

Strengthening eco-citizenship through environmental education for pupils in the commune of Arbollé in the northern region of Burkina Faso



Inades-Formation Burundi

Promoting environmental education in schools to tackle climate change




Promotion of Community Initiatives to Protect Common Interest Resources in Cameroon


Côte d’Ivoire


One pupil, one tree to combat coastal erosion and the disappearance of mangroves


DR Congo

UWAKI North Kivu

Projet d’appui à la valorisation des semences paysannes dans les unions de Luofu, Kipese et Lubero en territoire de Lubero au Nord-Kivu / RDC. Inspired by the experience of the Union des groupements Naam de Koumbri in Burkina Faso


DR Congo


Grassroots environmental education to tackle climate change in the Kaziba chiefdom in DR Congo



Inades-Formation Kenya

The scaling up of experiences developed by communities and the dynamics of school-based re-afforestation initiatives to address climate change in Kenya



RECOR Rwanda

Affordable solar pumps for small-scale irrigation, a revolutionary technology to help farmers increase their resilience capacity to climate change issues in Rwanda



Inades-Formation Rwanda

Replication of the practice of grafting fruit trees to increase the resilience of farmers in the Bugesera district to climate change.




Project to promote agro-biodiversity conservation through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Senegal



Inades-Formation Tanzania

Promotion of community seed banks for the conservation of agro-biodiversity through capacity building and documentation of local seed varieties in Kondoa and Chemba Districts of Dodoma Region, Tanzania”.



Inades-Formation Chad

Promotion of seed banks, Scaling up the Seeds Savers Network /Kenya experience




Expand the “One student, one tree” project developed by ACOSYF RD Congo



APAD International Togo

The governance of protected areas: The case of the Agou mountainsides in Togo



Inades-Formation Togo

Continuous and competitive integrated family farming systems for farmer resilience to climate change in Tchamba 2 commune



JVE Togo

Governance of local seed systems among women’s cooperatives in the Assimé classified forest for climate resilience

ACF-AO project

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1. Project title

Feminist Climate Action Project – West Africa ACF-AO

2. Summary

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is being implemented in Côte d’Ivoire to contribute effectively to the resilience and fight against the effects of climate change by ecologically sensitive coastal and island communities, with a particular focus on rural women and young people.

It will build the capacity of communities, particularly women and young people, to implement strategies to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, notably through the adoption of agroecological practices, energy diversification and advocacy. It will strengthen the participation of rural women and young people in local governance of biodiversity and climate action.

Funded by Global Affairs Canada | Affaires mondiales Canada, the ACF AO project is taking place in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal and Togo.

It is managed in Côte d’Ivoire by SUCO and Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général.

3. Background

Climate change threatens to push nearly a million more Ivorians into extreme poverty, increase the risk of water stress, with more and more regions expected to see more than 10% of their population in water shortage, and increase the resurgence of air- and water-related diseases among susceptible populations (Nationally Determined Contributions, CDN-COTE D’IVOIRE, March 2022). According to the World Bank, by 2050, Côte d’Ivoire will face an average temperature rise of two degrees Celsius, greater rainfall variability and a 30 cm rise in sea level along the coast (World Bank, 2018a).

Climate change affects all development sectors. However, differences between men and women in their relationship with their environment, differences in the composition of economic sectors and unequal access to resources and decision-making will amplify the impacts of climate change on certain categories of the population, including women.

The “Feminist Climate Action in West Africa” project is a response to this reality.

4. General objective

Strengthening climate change adaptation by rural and indigenous women and young people in ecologically sensitive coastal and island regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

5. Specific objectives

  • Increase the influence of rural and indigenous women and young people in climate policy advocacy and in the governance of high-biodiversity ecosystems vulnerable to climate change.
  • Increase the adoption of nature-based solutions such as agroecology, ecosystem and biodiversity protection and restoration, for climate change adaptation, by rural and indigenous women and young people.
  • Strengthen the climate resilience of rural and indigenous women and young people through economic empowerment and energy diversification.

6. Completion date: 2023 - 2026

7. Target audience / beneficiaries: Young people 41% & Rural and indigenous women 59%.

8. Project area

Adiaké, Grand-Bassam, Jacqueville and Grand-Lahou.

9. Project actions

Diagnose the obstacles and facilitating factors for the active participation of target groups in biodiversity and climate management decision-making bodies;

Participatory diagnoses carried out by local authorities on the climatic vulnerability of ecosystems and identification of gender-sensitive adaptation measures and strategies;

Training for rural and indigenous women and young people to strengthen and maintain their participation in decision-making bodies;

Training of beneficiaries on climate and biodiversity conservation policies;

Participating communities receive training in business development, inclusive value chains, cooperative management, and direct marketing.

Village awareness-raising and training workshops on biodiversity-friendly and gender-sensitive mitigation and adaptation measures carried out in participating communities.

Ecosystem management and development plans designed and implemented in participating communities.

Technical and financial support to participating communities for the implementation of climate-resilient agroecological practices (micro-breeding, agroforestry, market gardening, beekeeping and oyster farming); to strengthen access to productive water, agricultural inputs and equipment; for the installation of tree nurseries and reforestation of coastal ecosystems.

Solar and eco-energy equipment for food production, processing and preservation, and training in equipment use and maintenance.

Women and youth networking and advocacy

Support and strengthening of savings and credit systems provided to women’s groups.

10. Technical and financial partners

Project funded by Affaire Mondiale Canada and implemented by INTERPARES, SUCO and their partners, including Inades-Formation – Secrétariat Général pour la Cote d’Ivoire.



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