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Fighting hunger in Burundi

In 2017, communities across East and Southern Africa have felt the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods. Through the generous support given to its East Africa Famine Appeal, All We Can has been working through organisations responding to this crisis in six of the worst affected nations. Find out more about All We Can’s work fighting famine in South Sudan and Somalia here.

In order to reduce and respond to the negative impact of an unpredictable climate in Burundi, some of the local organisations All We Can works alongside in the region have been involved in supporting communities to develop improved farming techniques and to distribute emergency food supplies to hundreds of vulnerable people.

With money raised for the East Africa Famine Appeal one of the organisations All We Can has worked with for a number of years, UCEDD, were able to help 1300 people, and their families, in the Muyinga and Karusi areas of Burundi. All We Can supports local organisations like UCEDD so they can respond to emergencies but also build more resilient communities. Over the past few months they have been able to support people through the distribution of rice and corn meal but also through the provision of seeds for planting. Additional training has been offered to farmers to help them adapt to a changing climate.

Women express their joy at receiving corn seed for planting in Rudaraza, Burundi.

Emergency food supplies of rice and corn meal are distributed in Mwakiro in Muyinga Province. Many of the families receiving the food supplies had been surviving on only one meal a day because of failed harvests in the region.

A corn plantation in Rudaraza now ready for new seed to be planted to protect communities against hunger in the coming months.




About the Author Laura Cook

Laura works for All We Can as the Communications Manager. She is also an internationally acclaimed photographer with a passion for women's rights. She is studying MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies in her spare time and lives with her husband Stephen in Essex.

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