PROJECT 55 Establishment of a seed bank for the extension of Artemisia annua in East Africa

Country(ies) involved: Burundi Children and youngsters supported:
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Establishment of a seed bank for the extension of Artemisia annua in East Africa.

Country: Burundi,

Beneficiaries: School wanting to launch Artemisia annua in their school garden.
Budget: 11 514 €

Project

The Cercle des Ingénieurs Agronomes pour le Développement (CIAD) of Burundi started production of Artemisia annua in 2012 by demonstrating that seeds from Kenya gave good productions in the two most different ecological zones of Burundi. CIAD then started assisting schools planting the plant in school gardens and farmers. Following the poliitical complications of the country, fields could not be properly supervised and seed has dropped dramatically. In the meantime, CIAD has become a supplier of seed in Kivu and Northern Tanzania. Hence, CIAD wishes to concentrate efforts in the coming months, to produce and save seed.

The project provides irrigation, cultivation and conservation of the plant and seed, as well as advocacy to convince the responsible Ministries to plant Artemisia annua in their school gardens to combat malaria which has been shown to have considerable impact on the children learning abilities

The Ministries of Health and Education support the project.

Expected results

  • Direct results : plantation of 0,25 ha of Artemisia annua for the production of several kg of seed.
  • On the basis of the results achieved in other projects in African schools, the projet will results in:
    • Teachers’ and students’ absenteeism should have practically disappeared and school results spectacularly improved.
    • Health cost should dropon average by 64% at least if the Kenyan indicators are generalised. Savings are used to school poor children who cannot afford the cost.
    • Teams of youngsters will know how to cultivate Artemisia annua and will spread the plant in their surrounding and future schoolgarden programmes.
    • Through local advocacy campaigns based on the results obtained by the project and with international support, the government should be convinced to help spread the project approach to all rural schools in the country.
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