Key data for Burundi

NCI39th HRCI31st HANCI37th
HANCI compares 45 developing countries for their performance on 22 indicators of political commitment to reduce hunger and undernutrition. All the countries compared in the index have high rates of hunger and undernutrition. The comparative approach of the index means that country scores are calculated in relation to the political commitment of the other countries in the index.
Existing rates of: Stunting: 57.50% Wasting: 6.1% Proportion of population underweight: 29.10% Source: Gov. of Burundi (DHS, 2010)

Strong Performance

  • The National Nutrition Policy/Strategy identifies time bound nutrition targets and a multisectoral and multistakeholder policy coordination mechanism has been set up.
  • The Government of Burundi promotes complementary feeding practices.
  • In Burundi 98.9% of women aged 15-49 were visited at least once during pregnancy by skilled health personnel in 2010.

Areas for improvement

  • Spending on agriculture (4.75% of public spending in 2013), does not meet government commitments set out in the African Union’s Maputo Declaration (10% of public spending).
  • Burundi’s spending in its health sector (13.7% of public spending in 2012) is close to, yet not fully meeting government commitments set out in the African Union's Abuja Declaration (15% of public spending).
  • In Burundi, the law does not give women economic rights equal to men. Men and women have equal legal access to agricultural land, but this is not effectively enforced and discriminatory practices against women continue, increasing their vulnerability to hunger and undernutrition.
  • Relative to other HANCI countries, Burundi's medium/long term national development policy (Vision Burundi 2025) places weak importance to nutrition.
  • Burundi does not have a separate budget line for nutrition; this prevents transparency and accountability for spending.
  • Policymakers in Burundi do not benefit from regular nutrition surveys that are statistically representative at national level. The last survey was published in 2010.
  • The Government of Burundi has not enshrined the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes into domestic law.
  • Weak access to improved sanitation facilities (47.5% in 2012) obstructs better hunger and nutrition outcomes.
  • In Burundi, constitutional protection of the right to social security is weak.

Hunger Reduction Commitment Index (HRCI)

Public Spending Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Public spending on agriculture as share of total public spending
?
4.75%201322nd
Public spending on health as share of total public spending
?
13.7%20129th
Policies Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Access to land (security of tenure)
?
Moderate201317th
Access to agricultural research and extension services
?
Moderate201335th
Civil registration system — coverage of live births
?
75.2%201015th
Functioning of social protection systems
?
Weak201422nd
Laws Score Year HRCI rank of 45
Level of constitutional protection of the right to food
?
Moderate20118th
Equality of women’s access to agricultural land
?
In Law, not in Practice20144th
Equality of women’s economic rights
?
No201130th
Constitutional right to social security
?
No200631st

Nutrition Commitment Index (NCI)

Public Spending Score Year NCI rank of 45
Separate budget for nutrition
?
Sectoral only201428th
Policies Score Year NCI rank of 45
Vitamin A supplementation coverage for children
?
75.0%201331st
Government promotes complementary feeding
?
Yes20141st
Population with access to an improved water source
?
75.3%201221st
Population with access to improved sanitation
?
47.5%201218th
Health care visits for pregnant women
?
98.9%20101st
Nutrition features in national development policy
?
Weak201438th
National Nutrition Policy/Strategy
?
Yes20141st
Multisector and multistakeholder policy coordination
?
Yes20141st
Time bound nutrition targets
?
Yes20141st
National nutrition survey in last 3 years
?
No201434th
Laws Score Year NCI rank of 45
Enshrine ICBMS in domestic law
?
Not Enshrined in Law201438th