October 1, 2019

With No Other Jobs, 94% Burundians Turn To Subsistence Farming – Study Finds

Trustworthy and indepth news stories are more important now than ever.
Support our newsroom by MAKING A CONTRIBUTION HERE
President Pierre Nkurunziza (in white Jersey) prays for potatoes in January 2018. He has conducted similar sessions for other crops. The ILO modelling shows less than 5% of the working age Burundians are employed by the mainstream economy

The vast majority of working-age Burundians are depending on themselves to survive as their economy is unable to generate jobs for its people, a new study shows.

Out of the 10.8m population, 94.7 percent of workers are “self-employed”, according to data analyzed by German firm Statista.

With this level, it makes Burundi with the highest rate globally of a people struggling on their own.

“This is an indicator of the prevalence of subsistence farming and people working without pay for their family businesses (also counted as self-employed in the data),” argues Statista.

The firms analysis is based on models generated by the International Labour Organization (ILO), which looked at how employment fairs in poor and rich nations.

Since mid 2015, following failed coup attempt, up to 300,000 Burundians are refugees in neighboring countries. Inside Burundi, a recent UN report said the country was experiencing a “malaria epidemic”.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said 5.7 million cases of malaria had been recorded in Burundi in 2019 – a figure roughly equal to half its entire population. 1,801 Burundians died from the mosquito-born disease between January 1 and July 21.

Globally, only 12.4 percent of workers are self-employed on average in high-income economies while in low-income economies, this figure rises to 81.9 percent.

In Qatar and Kuwait, this number was even lower at 1.7 percent and 0.4 percent respectively. This shows there are identified jobs for nearly everyone in these countries.

They are followed the UAE, the U.S., Germany, UK, France and Japan – are all below 20 percent.

China, however, despite being the 2nd biggest economy, has a large portion of its working age population who have to depend on themselves to make ends meet. 46.9% of Chinese workers are self-employed.

Burundi, for its part, is followed by Central African Republic, another country where a large portion of it has been engulfed in conflict. 94.6 percent of workers have to struggle on their own.

Countries with above 90% rate of self-employment are all in Africa, including South Sudan (90%), which is a member of the East African Community (EAC).

Other EAC members have varying rates, but all with more than 60% of their working age group having to fend for themselves: Kenya 61.5%, Rwanda 68.7%, Uganda 78.3% and Tanzania 85.5%.

Over 60 percent of east Africans are living out there on their own.

We can't do quality journalism without your support

Perhaps it goes without saying — but producing quality journalism isn't cheap. At a time when newsroom resources and revenue are declining, The Chronicles remains committed to "Serving Your Right To Know The Truth". Stand with us as we document Rwanda's remarkable journey for you and the future generation. Do you value our journalism? We can't do it without you. Show us with your support by CONTRIBUTING HERE.
Email your news TIPS to info@chronicles.rw or WhatsApp +250788351327.
You can also find us on Signal


  1. Hi there to every one, for the reason that I
    am truly eager of reading this webpage’s post to be updated regularly.

    It includes pleasant material.

  2. It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people for this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  3. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my site so i came to “return the favor”.I am trying to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use a few
    of your ideas!!

  4. I’m really impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your weblog.
    Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent
    quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

  5. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about this, like you wrote
    the book in it or something. I think that you can do with a few
    pics to drive the message home a little bit,
    but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    A great read. I’ll definitely be back.

  6. Hi there! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?
    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any

  7. What’s up, everything is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is
    sharing information, that’s truly fine, keep up writing.

  8. Hey there, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
    it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you
    a quick heads up! Other then that, fantastic blog!

  9. Nice post. I was checking continuously this weblog and
    I’m impressed! Very useful info particularly the last phase 🙂 I deal with such information much.
    I was seeking this particular information for a long time.
    Thanks and good luck.

  10. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You clearly know what
    youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

  11. You actually make it appear really easy together with
    your presentation however I to find this topic to be
    actually one thing which I think I’d by no means
    understand. It seems too complicated and very large for me.
    I am taking a look ahead for your next put up, I’ll attempt to get the
    hang of it!

  12. Ahora, la tecnología de posicionamiento se ha utilizado ampliamente. Muchos automóviles y teléfonos móviles tienen funciones de posicionamiento, y también hay muchas aplicaciones de posicionamiento. Cuando se pierde su teléfono, puede utilizar estas herramientas para iniciar rápidamente solicitudes de seguimiento de ubicación. ¿Entiende cómo ubicar la ubicación del teléfono, cómo ubicar el teléfono después de que se pierde? https://www.xtmove.com/es/how-to-track-someones-phone-location-by-cell-phone-number-online-for-free/

  13. Wow, awesome blog layout! How lengthy have you been running a
    blog for? you make running a blog look easy.
    The full glance of your web site is excellent, as smartly as the content material!
    You can see similar here sklep

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *