Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

BĂ©lyse Mupfasoni

Date: 17 December 2020
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Auditorium, Wageningen

Dissertation title: 

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

Group: Soil physics and Land Management, Wageningen University
Promotor: prof. dr CJ Ritsema
Co-promotors: dr ir CA Kessler and dr ir T Lans


The thesis explores how developing entrepreneurial activities by farmer groups can contribute to more sustainable agriculture in Burundi . The results suggest the importance of empowering farmers through trainings on the sustainability aspects related to smallholder businesses, leading to integrated farming system. Moreover farmers who are trained in sustainable entrepreneurship are more motivated to farm, invest more in practices to restore the health of their land and are more resilient in their farms. It is therefore necessary to train them in sustainable entrepreneurship in order to enhance their production through sustainable agriculture and achieve food security. In addition to training, collaboration among farmers with different background and experience is important for continual learning and exchange of good and improved farming activities in the community. Hence in order to invest in more sustainable agriculture for Burundian farmers, it is important that trainings are given in self-organized groups.

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