The Kick-off Meeting of Agri-Hub Burundi took place on 28-29 June 2012. About sixty representatives of organisations, companies and services operating in agricultural value chain development responded to the challenge of searching for a new way of cooperation to make their work more effective.
The mission of Agri-Hub Burundi is promoting farmer entrepreneurship by increasing access of smallholder farmers to finance, inputs and markets and value chains.
During the kick-off meeting, it was decided to start working with 4 thematic groups:
• Farm-firm relations within the value chain
• Financial services
• Access to quality inputs
• Network development
Agri-Hub Burundi is part of a regional approach in the ‘Grands Lacs’ area. This approach also comprises Agri-Hub Rwanda and the Agri-Hub RDC Congo (yet to be established). Cooperation will take place in regional exchanges, transcending value chain programmes, and certain joint planning exercises.
About 90 percent of the population of Burundi depends on agriculture for a living. Most agriculture consists of subsistence farming, with only about 15 percent of the total production marketed. The vision for Burundi is to transform the subsistence agriculture into a commercial one.