Rice Production in Burundi
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Burundi, at the northern end of Lake Tanganyika in Central Africa, is a landlocked country with a land area of 25,680 km2, most of which is mountainous, with some plains and with a plateau in the east. Burundi borders Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. Although the country is near the equator, the climate is moderate because the average altitude is 1,700 m. Rainfall is characterized by alternating dry and rainy seasons. Unusually, there are two wet seasons (February-May and September-November) and two dry seasons (June-August and December-January). Arable land is 35% of land area. The great majority (89%) of the population of 8.6 million (2011) is rural, occupied in agriculture that accounts for 35% of GDP.
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.