BDI/14/030 - Food security and poverty reduction through pig farming

Country Burundi
Total project budget ($USD) 7,592.00
Requested funding ($USD) 5,963.00
Project development type Animal Husbandry
Name of Requesting Association HCB
Background: Help Channel Burundi is a Burundian NGO established in 2000 initially to work on emergency response to victims of the civil war in Burundi. The NGO has worked e.g. with FAO in Burundi and is well known to an FAO colleague Methode Niyongendako, who introduced the NGO to 1% fund. The NGO has implemented several projects in Bururi Province targeted by the project before, e.g. establishment of self-help groups and a Child Centred Community Development Programme. The proposed pig farming project aims at providing quality technical and financial support to a rural pig farmers' association located in Rutovu Commune of Bururi Province in southern Burundi. Up to 90% of the population of Burundi practise agriculture, and agriculture is the main economic activity in the country. Agricultural productivity is, however, low due to soil degradation and unskilled farmers. Target beneficiaries of this project are members of a local farmers' association made up of subsistence farmers. The beneficiaries of this project will be trained in improved pig farming techniques and they will also be provided with piglets to start with. The expected outcomes of the project are improved food consumption and income levels of the beneficiaries, as well as improved soil quality and therefore higher agricultural production due to the use of pig manure as a fertilizer. Community beneficiaries will contribute different things towards the implementation of this project: they will provide some of the construction materials for the pig housing, labour, the space to establish pig housing, animal feed, and care
Use of Funds: The funds will be used to purchase 60 piglets (a boar and barrow to each beneficiary), construction materials for pig housing, initial animal feed, and to provide training to beneficiaries on pig raising.
Beneficiaries: Direct beneficiaries are 30 female and male farmers
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