March-April and May 2024 seasonal weather forecasts call for action


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In collaboration with Inades-Formation Burundi, the Ministère de l’Environnement, de l’Agriculture et de l’Elevage “MINEAGRIE” organized a workshop on Monday, March 4, 2024, to reflect on and plan actions to prevent and adapt to meteorological risks, primarily for the 2024B and 2024C seasons. The workshop was attended by His Excellency, Mr Ir DODIKO Prosper, Minister of MINEAGRIE. Surrounded by the Director of Inades-Formation Burundi and the Delegate of the Mayor of Bujumbura, in his opening speech the Minister acknowledged the frank collaboration with his partners. It fosters synergy in response to meteorological risks and climate change.

Strong national participation

Participation was massive. These include senior officials from MINEAGRIE and other key sectoral ministries, the European Union, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the Lake Tanganyika Authority, the WFP, international and national NGOs, farmers’ support organizations and members of the Groupe de Plaidoyer Agricole (GPA), researchers and university professors, and the media.

Climate risk forecasts and impacts

This mobilization was due to the workshop’s highly interesting subject matter. This is the presentation of the seasonal weather forecast note for March to May (MAM) 2024 by the Institut Géographique du Burundi “IGEBU”. This note raises concerns about risks in the agricultural, environmental and livestock sectors.

The note shows that rainfall will be in excess in most of the country, including the natural regions of Mugamba, Buyenzi and part of Mirwa. The rest of the country will have normal to surplus precipitation. Also, the forecast note shows that the end of the season is projected towards the end of May 2024 for the most part, and that temperatures will be above normal throughout the MAM 2024 period nationwide.

The implications are diverse. The person in charge of food safety at the Ministry presented the positive and negative implications of these forecasts in the different sectors, mainly in the agriculture and food safety sector, with a view to reflecting on actions to prevent and adapt to the likely risks.

The positive implications are (1) better prospects for improved agricultural performance following the increase in rainfall and consequently humidity over much of the country; (2) seasonal crops (beans, maize, soybeans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables, fruit trees, etc.) will have sufficient growing time and improved performance in the length of their maturity; (3) increased fodder for herbivorous animals; (4) reduced proliferation of caterpillars and other insects; (5) improved soil fertility.(3) increased fodder for feeding herbivorous animals; (4) reduced proliferation of army worms (maize) following favorable rainfall conditions; (5) increased livestock products such as milk, meat and other livestock by-products contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of farmers. food security for the farmer.

Among the negative implications mentioned are (1) the risk of proliferation of fungal crop diseases as a result of high humidity; (2) the risk of destruction of irrigation infrastructure due to torrential rains; (3) erosion of cultivable soil for poorly/undeveloped farms; (4) flooding of plains and marshes; (5) post-harvest losses if rains interfere with harvests (for crops that were sown early); (6) increase in diseases linked to a proliferation of both internal and external parasites for the livestock sector; (7) destruction of roads and bridges, which could make it difficult to supply markets with basic necessities, including foodstuffs; (8) landslides, which could spill onto roads and hinder the movement of goods and people; these landslides could also wash away crops grown in these areas; (8) continued rise in the waters of Lake Tanganyika, with a high probability of flooding homes on the lake’s shores and displacing the riverside population.

Proposals to minimize climate risks

Faced with this situation and based on its experience, Inades-Formation Burundi shared some practical measures for preventing and adapting to climate change.

The head of programs at Inades-Formation Burundi, who spoke on the subject, referred exclusively to the practices promoted by the organization. The latter are generally linked to sustainable food systems based on Family Farming. He explained and illustrated the importance of some of the measures applied, namely multi-use agroforestry, integrated watershed management, and the promotion of family farming by intensifying the combination of crops, including those resistant to abundant rainfall.

In a context of heavy rainfall, the use of organic matter was recommended in fertilization, as it improves soil porosity and thus allows rainwater infiltration. Rational management of available production should be a prerequisite for the use of natural conservation methods. To name but a few. Before concluding his presentation, the representative of Inades-Formation Burundi called on all those involved in the agricultural sector, both public and private, to banish the bad practice of producing after destroying woodlands and forests, and instead align themselves with the principle of “Produce without destroying”.

A small team made up of MINEAGRIE executives and partners, including Inades-Formation Burundi, was set up to work towards a comprehensive plan. The team compiled the actions proposed by the participants into a comprehensive plan to be presented to the various development partners involved in the support commitment.

MINEAGRIE thanked Inades-Formation Burundi for its collaboration in organizing this event. The measures implemented by Inades-Formation Burundi to prevent and adapt to the effects of climate change were appreciated by the workshop participants.

Published by Richard HAVYARIMANA

Advocacy and Communication Officer

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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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