Burundi: Nutrition Profile

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One of the biggest achievements of ECHO in Burundi is being able to cover most of the basics needs of the vulnerable population, that is, children under five, pregnant women, refugees and returnees.
  • Burundi

    Flag of Burundi

  • Population

    10.5 Million

  • Pop. Under 5

    1.9 Million

  • % Stunting

    56% Of Children Under 5

  • % Underweight

    29% Of Children Under 5

Photo credit: EC/ECHO/Martin Karimi

Malnutrition in childhood and pregnancy has many adverse consequences for child survival and long-term well-being. It also has far-reaching consequences for human capital, economic productivity, and national development overall. The consequences of malnutrition should be a significant concern for policy makers in Burundi. According to the 2016–2017 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), the country has one of the highest rates of chronic malnutrition (stunting or low height-for-age) globally (56 percent), affecting over 1 million children under 5 years.

USAID Programs: Accelerating Progress in Nutrition

As of January 2018, the following USAID programs with a focus on nutrition were active in Burundi.

  • Integrated Health Project in Burundi (IHPB)
  • Food for Peace (FFP) Project: AMASHIGA
  • FFP Emergency Food Assistance


For more information, read the Burundi country profile [PDF, 217KB].

Last updated: September 11, 2019

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