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FAO Encourages Burundi's Farmers to Store, Irrigate, Use Better Seeds

“Climate has significantly changed over the past years and this negatively affects farming”, says Vénérand Nyandwi, 62, a farmer and father of 10.

“Normally we sow our fields of beans at the latest on 15 October. But this year, it hasn’t been the case because the dry season has been abnormally long. I had never seen anything like this”, says Marthe Barumbanze, a farmer of about 80. Such are cries of farmers living in rural Bujumbura hills faced with damaging effects of climate change on agriculture.

In the same way, a 2016A Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report has highlighted the damaging effect climate change has on agriculture in Burundi. “Family farming, the main source of food and means of existence of about 90% of the Burundi population is now jeopardized by recurring natural disasters”, reads the report.

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