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' Irrigation: a great idea, but impossible for many farmers

Irrigation: a great idea, but impossible for many farmers

02-10-2017 The practice of irrigation to make up for insufficient rain fall as recently advised by the Minister of Agriculture and Farming is a great idea which nonetheless seems impracticable for farmers on steep land, according to farmers in the hills of Bujumbura province. Burundi is seriously struck by the (...)
' Gordien Nsengiyumva, father of 5 displays a corncob attacked by an earworm. ”I used to produce at least 2 tons of maize, but I am not sure I will even get 200 Kgs this season”.

Famine continues taking people’s lives in Bubanza, residents say

02-09-2017 Residents of some localities of Gihanga district claim people continue dying from famine. Humanitarian actors have not so far given sufficient help since the first cases of death were reported in January. As no adequate assistance has been provided, reports of hunger-caused deaths still emerge in Bubanza province that (...)
' Jean-Pierre Nshimirimana: “The main problem of epileptic people is that they are afraid of talking about it”.

Epileptic people discriminated in Burundi

02-08-2017 Epileptics are treated abominably and unfairly in the Burundian society. On the occasion of the International Epilepsy Day, the Ministry of Public Health says it organizes sensitization campaigns to break down the prejudices. They are described as bewitched and possessed by a demonic spirit as well as people with (...)
' Servilien Mpawenimana, CAMEBU Technical Manager "It is not all kinds of amoxicillin which are obsolete, but that one which bears lot 1409015 and lot 1409016".

Amoxicillin syrup of bad quality

02-08-2017 CAMEBU informed all Burundi health districts that the amoxicillin syrup 125, lot 1409015 and lot 1409016 must be taken back to CAMEBU’s office. On Tuesday 7 February, Servilien Mpawenimana, CAMEBU Technical Manager, said analyses have shown that it is a bad quality medicine. The purchasing centre of essential medicines (...)
' Pascal Barandagiye" As climate has changed, people have to change their mentality."

New measures to adapt to climate change in Burundi

02-03-2017 Burundi’s Home Affairs minister Pascal Barandagiye, on Thursday 2 February 2017, laid out new measures to adjust to climate change. “We were accustomed to the fact that the rainy season lasts for nine months each year, but now, it is no longer the case, which is why we have (...)
' Wetlands pose flood risk in Burundi, experts warn

Wetlands pose flood risk in Burundi, experts warn

02-03-2017 Ministry of Environment, Water and Urban Planning calls for wetlands protection program to counter twin threats of agriculture and urbanization. Burundi’s wetlands could cause widespread flooding if not better managed”, the Director General of water, Emmanuel Ndorimana says. Unplanned construction and agriculture pose a significant threat to the wetlands (...)
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Opinion / Enabling Healthy Nile Basin Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction

02-02-2017 Natural hazards such as floods and drought have become more prevalent in the Nile River Basin – as a result of climate and weather changes – resulting in massive disasters which drain communities economically, physically and environmentally. Wetlands are naturally productive ecosystems which are capable of managing the risk (...)
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Shortage of some medicines in Bujumbura pharmacies

02-02-2017 In various pharmacies, Bujumbura inhabitants find it hard to get some medicines specially those made in European laboratories. Pharmacists explain that this shortage of medicines is linked to the lack of foreign currency in the country. “My child was suffering from a severe infection and the doctor prescribed an (...)
' A cornfield ravaged by caterpillars in Rugombo Commune, Cibitoke Province

Pests damage agricultural production in Imbo Region

01-31-2017 “The provinces most affected by plant pests are Cibitoke Bubanza and Rumunge of the Imbo high temperature region. The average agricultural production varies between 50% and 60%. The production average is even less than 50% in some areas of Cibitoke western province”, says Salvator Sindayihebura, Director General of Agriculture. (...)
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Sexual abuse perpetrators deserve severe punishment, says a psychologist

01-26-2017 Eleven young girls from Gitega central province and six others from Cibitoke western province are reported to have been sexually abused by two teachers from those provinces. A psychologist talks of an ignoble behavior that needs to be strongly discouraged in the society. In Buganda Commune of Cibitoke Province, (...)