Q&A with Vicent Kayanzari a vanilla farmer in Burundi

Vincent Kayanzari is a Burundian, born in Uganda in 1981. Born in a farming family located near a forest reserve, Kayanzari is now a vanilla farmer, started farming at the age of 13 after getting some Knowledge from school.  He spoke with Burundi Times’ Joella Niciteretse on how vanilla business is like. When did you start cultivating Vanilla? Why?

Burundi, DRC’s First Lady visits fistula patients

Democratic Republic of Congo president Felix Tshisekedi ended his three days official visit to Burundi this Monday which was part of strengthening the bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries. DRC’s president travelled along with his wife Denise Nyakeru on a three days visit to Burundi, DRC and Burundi first ladies gave support to...

China’s Growth Forecasts Cut as Covid Lockdowns Spread

China’s economy is coming under strain because of an escalating Covid outbreak, with economists warning of a deeper slowdown if lockdowns in Shanghai and elsewhere continue to expand. Natixis SA estimates the Covid controls will cut the economic growth rate in the first quarter by 1.8 percentage points. Long-lasting restrictions across the country could...

Mistreatment in childbirth, a human rights and healthcare problem, new study warns

Advancing that mistreatment of “pregnant women, adolescent girls, and persons, as well as newborns” is a “pervasive problem around the globe”, WHO alerted for women everywhere facing violations of their rights – including rights to privacy, informed consent, and the right to have a trusted companion of choice throughout childbirth. Among the serious violations of human rights,...

Afghanistan doctors demand for full pay

Medics staged protests in Afghanistan, to demand their full pay. The doctors and other employees at a COVID-19 hospital over nonpayment of their salaries. Some held protests of 'don't steal from us’ as they marched through the streets, local media reports. The economy in Afghanistan has been collapsing, leading to mass...

UN report warns of devastating climate change in China

A newly published report by a UN agency has warned that China will be among the countries hardest hit by global warming. According to a report published by UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), China needs to do more to adapt to mounting climate hazards. It will need to find...

High fertilizer demand may affect price and consumption in Burundi

According to the Africa Fertilizers a joint initiative organization led by International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), fertilizer demand in Burundi is expected to hike causing inflation of the fertilizer price. “There is low fertilizer demand in the country. Planting of the “2022A” season crops was concluded in October and harvesting has begun. For other...

Burundi Covid-19 cases surge ahead of festive seasons

Burundi government have called on its citizens to respect the Covid-19 preventive measures as Gitega says there have been a surge in cases for the past weeks. In a statement Burundi’s internal affairs minister Gervais Ndirakobuca said that in recent days, authorities say that they observed a clear slackening in strict compliance with imposed...

Update on Omicron

On 26 November 2021, WHO designated the variant B.1.1.529 a variant of concern, named Omicron, on the advice of WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE).  This decision was based on the evidence presented to the TAG-VE that Omicron has several mutations that may have an impact on how it behaves, for example, on how easily it spreads or the severity of illness it...

Surge in covid-19 cases, Burundi suspends social gatherings

Burundi’s Internal Affairs minister Gervais Ndirakobuca has ordered provincial governors to suspend all social events and ceremonies during weekdays. The move comes after the council of ministers met to assess the status of covid-19 in the country, according to the Internal Affairs minister socials ceremonies and gatherings have contributed to the surge of Coronavirus cases in the...
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