Burundi’s Home Affairs minister Pascal Barandagiye, on Thursday 2 February 2017, laid out new measures to adjust to climate change.
“We were accustomed to the fact that the rainy season lasts for nine months each year, but now, it is no longer the case, which is why we have to adopt new measures in order to survive”, said Barandagiye.
Normally in Burundi, there are two seasons in a year, the rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season starts in September and ends in May, whereas the dry season starts in June and ends in August.
However, last year, things changed. The dry season was long, lasting over six months, especially in some provinces like Bubanza and Cibitoke in western Burundi, Kirundo and Muyinga in the north, but also some communes of Gitega central province. It caused great hunger in the country.