Burundi has depended for some years on the traditional crops like coffee, tea, cotton, sugar, palm oil and tobacco to earn the foreign necessary for financing the economic development programmes of the country. Depending on these crops, however, became risky as Burundi went through civil wars that put agricultural sector to a standstill, however the government and with support from donor agencies is reviving agricultural sector through promotion of export of non-traditional crops.
Food crops, mainly for subsistence represent 87 per cent of total crop production. Cash crops account for the remainder, with 8 per cent for coffee, 1.7 per cent for tea and sugarcane, and 3.3 per cent for other crops
The non-tradional crops which the government has supported for sometime have included the following among others:
- Sweet potatoes
The government through Institute of agricultural science of Burundi has supported the food crop sector through the research and extension services and also providing Burundian farmers animal and plant performance and appropriate accompanying hardware technologies
Burundi climate is quite favorable for the growing of various non-traditional crops and the country is therefore rich in food crops.