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Burundi Food Suppliers, Accommodation and Other Markets

Main Food Suppliers

The main food crops are maize, beans, rice, potatoes, bananas, and cassava. At times, there may be food shortages in the country due to low production of traditional roots and tuberous crops such as yam, manioc (due to disease) and, to some extent, sweet potatoes. Burundi is currently experiencing the effects of global rising food prices. According to FAO, several provinces saw major rises in prices of staple foods. Prices of local major foods such as beans, cassava, sweet potatoes and rice rose over 20% in major markets in Bujumbura between April 2007 and April 2008.

The poorest urban households reported a major increase in price of a basic low quality meal from 150 Burundian Francs (USD 0.10) to 450 Burundian Francs (0. 29 USD).

There are five major marketing regions in the country, namely the north-eastern, north-central, west- central and western regions. Markets in Bujumbura City dominate trade although Gitega and Ngozi have large markets that serve as transit points for food commodities as well as trade centres for their provinces.

Volatility of rice prices could be explained by the fact the most of the rice consumed in urban areas where most of the large markets are located is imported.

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Company  Name and Address

Contact Names / Email

Tel / Fax

Food commodities

1

SAVONOR,

Chausee d’Uvira, BP1107

Bujumbura.

Name: Matthias Kuntze

Title: Managing Director

Email: Matthias.kuntze@savonor.bi

Tel1: +257 22 222337

Fax: +257 22 22228058

Website:

Refined Palm Oil

2

RAFINA,

Chausee d’Uvira, BP482

Bujumbura.

 

Name: Alain Ndikumasabo

Title: Managing Director

Email:

Tel1: +257 22 223247

Fax: +257 22 227964

Website:

Refined agricultural products.

3

SOSUMO (Societe Sucriere du Moso. Gihofi-Bujumbura.

Name: Seff Ntaconzoba Alexis

Title: General Manager

Email: burli-bu@usan-bu.net

Tel1: +257 22 221662

Fax: +257 22 223028

Website:

Sugar.

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NAME

Tel/Fax

PRODUCE

4

Ets. Jean Bosco Ndoricimpa

22 25 5520

Beans

5

Ets. Jean Claude Karikunzira

79927274

-Beans

-Maize flour

-Soya Bean seeds.

-Cabbage

-Mixed bean seeds

6

Ets. Salvator Rwasa

79950266

-Beans

-Bean seeds.

-Mixed bean seeds

-Sorghum seeds

-Sunflower seeds

-Salt.

-Veg Oil

7

Ets. Sebastian Misago

77795860

-Beans

-Rice

-Maize

Mixed bean seeds

8

Ets Dieudonne Ndacayisaba

79927734

Sorghum seeds

9

Ets. Edison Ntiyomba

79924789

Mixed bean seeds.

-Irish potatoes.

Groundnuts

Potatoes

10

Ets. Juvenal Sakubu

77790022/77780022

Maize flour.

Rice.

Salt

11

Societe de Commerce et de services.

79936826

Mixed bean seeds.

Beans

Cabbage

Rice.

14

Ets Bikanda Protais

77734464

Rice

Beans

Maize

 

Ntakarutimana Nestor

79309179

Rice

Beans

Maize

 

Ntibagirirwa Bernard

77724350

Rice

Beans

Maize

Accommodation

Although accommodations in rural areas can be spartan, Bujumbura hosts a number of international-grade hotels. For more information see the following link:

Hotels in Burundi

Additional Operational Support

 The Burundi industry is mainly an agriculture based industry or what might be called agro industries. Industry in Burundi is engaged in processing agricultural raw materials. The Bujumbura district is the hub of industrial activity. The industrial sector contributes around 18% of the total GDP.

The process industries deal in coffee, tea, cotton, timber and edible oils. There are a numerous small scale industries which manufacture items of daily use like shoes, furniture, soap, goods made of metal and insecticides. The industrial sector in Burundi suffered a bad spate during the war and the consequent imposition of sanctions. It took its toll on the foreign exchange and the growth of the domestic market was hampered.

The growth of the industrial sector depends upon the availability of developed infrastructure as well as stable political set up to support such growth.

For Burundi Additional Service Provider Additional Details, please see the following link: Annex 4.8 Burundi Additional Service Provision Contact List