Capacity building and project sustainability in Ngozi Province, Burundi: a case study of agri-business project (PRODEFI)

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Kampala International University,College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The main purpose of this study was to investigate the contribution of capacity building towards the sustainability of agribusiness projects in Ngozi province, Burundi. The study used cross sectional research design. It relied more on quantitative approach but was complemented by the qualitative approach in measuring the contribution of capacity building towards the sustainability of agribusiness projects. The data collection instruments used were questionnaires, interview guide and documentary review. The research was conducted in Ngozi province, Burundi. The findings showed that majority (70%) of the respondents acknowledge and commend the role of citizen participation on the sustainability of agribusiness through capacity building. Community involvement and local leaders’ participation is acknowledged by the project beneficiaries at 69.2%. The findings further show that 58% of the beneficiaries of those who attended business planning and management trainings are able to manage the agribusiness project funds and. 54.3% of them acknowledged the promotion of early adoption of new farming technologies by PRODEFI. The study concluded that Capacity Needs Assessment, citizen participation, leadership base and individual skills are four essential elements required in the sustainability of agribusiness projects in Ngozi province. Skills were found to be the main determinant of success or failure followed by preliminary, structured and participatory Capacity Needs assessment activities, followed by the citizen participation in terms of decision making and the implication of local leaders in development initiatives. This study recommends the use of capacity needs assessment in all the capacity development activities as mandatory, preliminary and participatory stage. It also recommends improvement of farmer’s access to planning & management trainings and exposure to new farming technologies to improve individual skills of farmers. The study further recommends involvement of influential local leaders in development initiatives to promote community sense of ownership of the project and encourages projects to promote beneficiaries participation in decision making process to achieve agribusiness project sustainability in Ngozi province, Burundi
A thesis submitted to the college of Humanities and Social Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of the Degree of Masters of Project Planning and Management of Kampala International University, Kampala Uganda
Capacity building, Sustainability, Project