In Burundi, Development and Peace is working on issues related to agriculture and land, and is supporting the creation of cooperatives and existing small-scale farmers’ cooperatives.
The techniques learned by the farmers help them increase their crop yields. They grow enough to feed themselves and their families and to sell their surplus on the open market.
The organization is promoting democracy-building and citizen participation through civic education activities, by training observers to monitor human rights violations, and by supporting professional trainings and sports activities designed to pull communities together and build a culture of peace for young people on the outskirts of the capital city, Bujumbura.
Burundi is a country located in the Great Lakes region of central Africa. Its economy is primarily based on agriculture and livestock production. The country remains deeply scarred by the violent civil war of 1993- 2005, and is one of the world’s poorest nations, facing serious challenges in the areas of food security, education, health, and human rights.
Violence erupted in April 2015, when President Nkurunziza announced that he would run for a third term in office, and following his subsequent re-election in July 2015, there have been continues clashes between demonstrators and security forces in Bujumbura and its outskirts. This has resulted in the death of dozens of persons and the forced displacement of thousands of families.