Sustainable agriculture in rural Burundi: exploring the role of farmer groups’ entrepreneurial activities

In Burundi subsistence farming is practiced on fragmented farms and highly eroded soils that are becoming increasingly unproductive due to intensive farming. Sustainable agriculture (SA) is therefore crucial in order to maximize the economic and social benefits from the land while conserving it ecologically. Several support programs for SA have been implemented in Burundi over the past decade, but there is an urgent need for more action, as land is degrading at a very fast pace, and climate change increasingly impacts food security. Moreover, farmers have little or no capital to actually invest in agriculture for improving land quality. Promoting the collaboration among farmers in groups for sustainable entrepreneurship (SE) can be an alternative to stimulate SA. The overall aim of this study was to explore how developing entrepreneurial activities by farmer groups can contribute to more sustainable agriculture in Burundi.

Title: Sustainable agriculture in rural Burundi: exploring the role of farmer groups’ entrepreneurial activities
Author: Mupfasoni, Blyse
Year: 2020
Pages: 138
Language: English
Type of thesis: Ph.D. dissertation (2020-12-17)
City of publisher: Wageningen
Publisher: Wageningen University
ISBN: 9789463955447
Geographic term: Burundi
External link: http://library.wur.nl/WebQuery/wurpubs/574640
Abstract: In Burundi subsistence farming is practiced on fragmented farms and highly eroded soils that are becoming increasingly unproductive due to intensive farming. Sustainable agriculture (SA) is therefore crucial in order to maximize the economic and social benefits from the land while conserving it ecologically. Several support programs for SA have been implemented in Burundi over the past decade, but there is an urgent need for more action, as land is degrading at a very fast pace, and climate change increasingly impacts food security. Moreover, farmers have little or no capital to actually invest in agriculture for improving land quality. Promoting the collaboration among farmers in groups for sustainable entrepreneurship (SE) can be an alternative to stimulate SA. The overall aim of this study was to explore how developing entrepreneurial activities by farmer groups can contribute to more sustainable agriculture in Burundi.