Burundi is a small country, the size of Wales, in central Africa, just south of Rwanda. It is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Most Burundians, especially those living in rural areas remain afflicted by poverty. Food insecurity is alarming. Burundi ranks last on the 2011 Global Hunger Index. Almost one in two households (around 4.6 million people) is food insecure. More than half of the children have stunted growth (World Food Programme 2014 and 2016). There is very limited access to clean water and sanitation and less than 5% of the population have electricity. (World Bank 2016)
Burundi's poverty reduction efforts are being constrained by myriad challenges.
1. Weak rural economy
2. Heavy reliance on development aid
3. An economic policy that does not allow for equitable distribution of resources
4. Vulnerability to adverse environmental events such as floods and drought
5. Strong population growth with fertility rate of 6.4 children per woman
With a population growth rate of nearly 3 % per annum, per capita agricultural production has declined by 24% since 1993. As a result, the average per capita production of food now stands at 1,472 Kcal per day. The recommended minimum requirement is 2,100 Kcal per day. Two thirds of a family's income is spent on food. There is little left for education and so illiteracy rate is high.
Creative Solutions works with the 600+ FECABu (Fraternité Evangélique du Christ en Afrique au Burundi) Churches:
1. Training Pastors through 3-4 day Pastors' seminars; sponsoring students at Nairobi Pentecostal Bible college and supporting regional Bible Schools.
2. Sustainable Development through the AVEC programme, Turi Wacu Project and support for the BatWa community.