Going Green

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Burundi's Agriculture

A strong agriculture basis is critical to Agrarian societies seeking to develop strong economies. Burundi is a central African country of over 8 million people that has been devastated by AIDS. They are land-locked and resource poor. Years of ethnic wars have further suppressed development.

Oct. 11, 2007

Borlaug Institute To Help Build Burundi’s Agriculture

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-467-6575,paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Linda Cleboski, 979-845-0706,lcleboski@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – The Norman E. Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, as a member of a special consortium, has been awarded a program to expand agricultural capacity and opportunity in Burundi.

Development Alternatives Inc. leads the consortium that includes universities, private firms, agricultural industry groups and non-governmental organizations, said Linda Cleboski, program development coordinator at the Borlaug Institute.

"As part of the Burundi Agribusiness Project, the institute will provide short-term technical assistance, investigate and assess opportunities for agricultural enhancement and help design program activities," Cleboski said.

"The Borlaug Institute will take the lessons and successes from seven years of helping...(complete article here).

The Borlaug Institute is one of the legacies of Norman Borlaug, Father of the Green Revolution. I have posted on him previously.

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