Established in 1962, the ‘Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi’ (ISABU) is a public and national agricultural research institute working under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Livestock. ISABU has a national mandate to co-ordinate agricultural research countrywide. The institute leads research initiatives aimed at developing agricultural technologies, and proposes those that have been validated to the extension services for their wider adoption by entrepreneurs and farmers.
ISABU’s VISION and mission
The institute has a vision of contributing to the development of a dynamic agricultural sector through technology development, knowledge sharing and innovative approaches that meet the needs of end-users of agricultural technologies/innovations. In partnership with different stakeholders, it is ISABU’s mission to promote scientific knowledge and develop agricultural innovations/technologies for a market-oriented agriculture, and improved livelihoods for people.
In order to timeously and efficiently provide appropriate solutions to the problems encountered by farmers, ISABU operates across the country through six regional research stations and 20 innovation centres.
These research stations and innovation centres are formal and permanent entities that facilitate the implementation of innovative research approaches, such as participatory technology development. In addition, they contribute significantly towards transferring techno-logies to the end-users for wider usage and adoption.
CAPACITY AND EXPERTISE
In order to fulfil its mission, the government of Burundi provides the institute with material and financial support, including fields for experiments, pre-basic seed production, in-situ research materials conservation, experienced human resources and equipped research infrastructures. ISABU’s expertise covers, among others, the following areas:
- Crop production and plant protection
- Animal husbandry
- Environmental management and agro-ecology
- Socio-economics and agricultural systems
- Processing agricultural and livestock products
- Production of pre-basic seeds
- Designing technology-transfer materials
- Analysis of soil, plant, water, food and agricultural inputs, as well as the interpretation of results
- Capacity building of agronomists and extension officers
TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL PARTNERS
The institute’s national expertise is strengthened through collaborations and partnerships with national, regional and international organisations. These include (but are not limited to) ASARECA, IRAZ, PABRA, FARA, CIAT, CIP, IITA, ICRAF, ILRI, IRRI, CYMMIT, ICRISAT. Financially, the most supportive partners include the government of Burundi, AfDB, World Bank, EU, BADEA and IFAD.
Since its inception, ISABU has made many achievements in the fields of industrial crops, food crops, plant protection, animal husbandry, forestry, agro-forestry, soil and water management, improved seed production, technology transfer and so on.
ISABU aims to strengthen its partnerships in order to mobilise technical and financial support, thereby improving its capacity for adaptation and ability to respond timeously to the needs of farmers.