Restoring forests in Burundi is important for several reasons:
1. Ecosystem and Biodiversity Preservation: Burundi's forests are home to diverse wildlife and plant species. Restoration helps protect these ecosystems and the biodiversity they contain.
2. Climate Change Mitigation: Forests absorb carbon dioxide, a key greenhouse gas. By restoring forests, Burundi contributes to global efforts to combat climate change.
3. Soil Erosion Control: Burundi's hilly landscape is prone to soil erosion. Forests stabilize the soil, reducing erosion and protecting water sources.
4. Economic Benefits: Forests provide resources like timber and non-timber products, which can support sustainable livelihoods and boost the local economy.
5. Community Well-being: Forests are crucial for the well-being of local communities, providing resources, cultural values, and recreational spaces.
Burundi faces severe food insecurity, with over 70% living in poverty. Our partner, Plant With Purpose, is working to combat hunger and poverty.
War and poverty have hit women and children the hardest, as they often head fragile households. Most Burundians rely on agriculture, but their farmland is under threat from deforestation, drought, war, and over-farming.
Plant With Purpose in Burundi
They've partnered with Burundian communities since 2008, leveraging local knowledge and leadership.
In 2008, our partner’s efforts began in different regions of Burundi, and today they operate in some of the most remote areas across four provinces. They also have plans to extend their program to additional regions. Burundi ranks among the world's poorest and most food-insecure nations, primarily due to extensive deforestation over the past few decades, which has pushed more families into poverty.
Here are the key statistics: Our partner’s program encompasses eight watersheds, with a network of 777 savings groups benefiting 18,397 participating families and 110,566 individuals. They have established 178 church partnerships and have made a significant impact by planting a remarkable total of 8,615,842 trees.