Nutrient recycling stakeholder engagement for sustainable and resilient agricultural production in DRC

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The densely populated city of Bukavu faces increasing environmental decay, while the surrounding rural areas are experiencing an increasing soil fertility depletion. Projects to improve waste management in the town, although insufficient, are underway. However, they are being implemented in a scattered and uncoordinated way with overlapping efforts and weakened impact.

IITACGIAR and the Municipality of Bukavu Town, under the RUNRES project—funded by the Swiss Cooperation Agency—organized a workshop to share experiences and set up joint actions and ways to improve the management and recycling of organic waste for more productive and resilient agriculture in the Bukavu rural areas.

The workshop took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Campus, IITA-Kalambo, on 27 and 28 September 2023. The South Kivu provincial minister of agriculture, provincial minister of environment, officials from Bukavu municipality, local and traditional authorities such as the king of Kabare territory (Mwami), the administrator of Kabare territory, representatives of public research and developments services (INERA, SNV, etc.), civil society, representatives of the Federation of DR Congo’s enterprises (FEC), stakeholders who are involved in garbage collection and recycling, farmers, media, academia, researchers and delegates from international organizations attended the event.

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