Food security

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”[1].

There must be a combination of food availability, food access and food utilization to reach food security. Food must be available in sufficient quantities and on a consistent basis, has to be acquired regularly in sufficient quantity and lastly it should have a positive nutritional impact on people[2].

Food insecurity has been a general issue in Burundi and 1.8 million people are said to be food insecure[3].

The constant conflicts, fluctuation, the rising demography and the climatic shocks such as recurrent floods, hailstorms, drought and torrential rain[4] are the main reasons why Burundi continues to be food insecure.

With the aim of building resilient food secure households in targeted communities, Help Channel Burundi focuses its interventions on the following activities: 

  1. Increase agricultural production by promoting good agronomic practices e.g.: soil conservation and access to improved inputs;
  2. Improve post-harvest food conservation by promoting post-harvest handling trainings & storage technologies;
  3. Increase in food consumption by empowering communities on the benefits of nutritious food.

The targeted communities are the most vulnerable households who are single-parent or single-person with an elderly people living alone, households headed by women and agricultural households possessing a small land or none at all.

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Raising Awereness

As part of the execution of the project “Building Bridges in Burundi (BBB-Dutsimbataze Amahoro),

Help Channel Burundi and FECABU (Fraternité Evangélistique du Christ en Afrique au Burundi) in partnership with Red Een Kind and other partner organizations organized a sports activity between the young beneficiaries of Busoni and Bugabira in Kirundo province. This activity was organized with the aim of Promoting Social Cohesion, Human Security, and Resilience for Burundian Youth and Local Communities.Read more hidden text
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Emergency Aid food Program

Following the prolonged drought that hit some municipalities in Kirundo province from September to December 2018, the majority of households in Busoni communes were unable to harvest crops and this was plunged into extreme famine.

According to information collected from our local staff in Kirundo province, hundreds of people have fled their households mainly in Busoni commune near Rwanda in northern Burundi. The majority went to neighboring communes but a hundred left in Rwanda according to information provided by local sources.People leaving the communes say they have nothing to eat because they did not have crops for the first crop season because they did not have rains all the last quarter of the year 2018.They are seriously affected and households have nothing to eat. The population of these municipalities is asking for emergency help to stabilize them. It is in this context that Help Channel Burundi mobilized its partner MCC to help more than 570 vulnerable households in Gatete and Rwibikara.

Field visit by Help Channel Staff for youth engaged in fish farming.

To improve the ecomic resilience of the youth in Cibitoke province, HCB empowers youth in fish farming practices under Building Bridges in Burundi project.Fish farming is considered to be an innovative and economic strategy for promoting food security and improving the economic resilience of the youth. The participation of the youth in fish farming will not only help the sector to reach its full potential but also contribute to the reduction of unemployment among the youth, as there are opportunities in the sector waiting to be tapped.