Burundi: Kaneza and Kagabo under the shade of the coffee tree | Development and Peace

Burundi: Kaneza and Kagabo under the shade of the coffee tree

In Burundi, small-scale farmers who grow coffee face a number of challenges, especially when it comes to the meager amount of income they earn from the sale of their coffee. This graphic novel is devoted to those farmers who have united to improve their living conditions and those of their families. Through the adventures of Kaneza and Kagabo’s family, you will be introduced to the inspiring story of the rise of the movement to create farmers associations and cooperatives in Burundi. It is a path marked by resistance, struggle, solidarity and social change.

This graphic novel, illustrated by Burundian cartoonist Ilunga Albert Kaye, will immerse you in the world of Burundian coffee growers and their efforts towards sustainable agriculture that benefits us all.

Graphic novel

Includes a chronological history of key events that have shaped the Burundian coffee industry as well as a description of the production and distribution chain ‘from the coffee tree to our cup’.

It also includes the comic strip ‘Kaneza and Kagabo- Under the Shade of the Coffee Tree’

Animation guide

This guide includes a variety of activities, discussion questions and possible actions designed to accompany the graphic novel. We invite you to use it as a resource to create awareness among youth and young adults and to offer them an opportunity to demonstrate their solidarity in support of small-scale farmers everywhere.


We invite young people to become aware of the products around them. Does the shop around the corner offer fair trade coffee? Petitioning for change is a way for youth and young adults to engage in action and to raise awareness about the impacts of our consumer choices.


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