The Impacts Of Agriculture In Burundi

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The land in Burundi is arid and not arable. “Land fragmentation, stagnant or declining yields, falling soil fertility, the absence of inputs and improved breeds of livestock, and low levels of technical knowledge have prevented farmers from boosting production and increasing their incomes.” (New Agriculturalist) A potential result of this land fragmentation and falling soil fertility would be that the land would become so arid that no crops would grow. However, the country is taking steps to bring life back to the land.
Farmers in Burundi understand the impact their raising of crops has on the soil and the land of the country. By growing a wide range of crops, farmers are able to benefit from optimal land use. This leads to improved farm output
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The UN is working with leading farmers in the country to bring better irrigation and planting techniques to not only make the work more efficient, but sustainable as well. Farmers are taught to not focus on a sole crop, rather a group of crops planted in the same plot of land. (New Agriculturist) This way, the nutrients taken out of the soil by one crop can be redeposited by another crop. The farmers in this poverty stricken country work the land with the mindset of future generations, yet farmers in more developed countries often do not have this …show more content…
The areas under organic farming increased by 5% to a total of 360,369 hectares. [Areas with] arable crops were cultivated according to organic criteria” (Shaping Our Food). With the rise of organic farming techniques, even Austria, after decades of unsustainable farming, can rejuvenate the nutrients in their soil. Because of this, organic farms have sprung up all across Austria. However, organic farms have not only become expansive across the nation of Austria, there is a similar movement in the United States to create more organic

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