Burera district is in the Northern Province of Rwanda, neighboring to the Ugandan border in north-east, Gakenke and Rulindo district in the south and Musanze district in the west. It is home to Lakes Burera and Ruhondo, and the Virunga Lodge Hotel, with spectacular views of the lakes and nearby Virunga Mountains, making it one of Rwanda’s tourist spots. The district also harbours Cyanika border post, gateway to southwestern Uganda. The economic development of the district relies on agriculture and tourism as well as other commercial district works. Burera district is divided into 17 sectors; Bungwe, Butaro, Cyanika, Cyeru, Gahunga, Gatebe, Gitovu, Kagogo, Kinoni, Kinyababa, Kivuye, Nemba, Rugarama,Rugendabari, Ruhunde, Rusarabuye and Rwerere. Most Rwandans practice agriculture, which, as well, is the same with Burera district where it is practiced by more than 80.2% of the total population of the district, with Irish potatoes, wheat, maize and beans being most grown crops in the region.
In line with government policy of the crop intensification program, Burera district is embracing technology with traditional practices giving way to modern ones; has introduced irrigation and provided an intervention that has brought them the 3rd agricultural season. Irrigation is mostly applied into marshlands, where people cultivate Irish in the dry season which enables them to use grow crops all the year round. In a bid to increase productivity from favorable land crops, the district last year targeted to cultivate Irish potatoes on surface of 21,000ha, wheat on 13,000ha, maize on 15,000ha and on 23,980ha. More than 98% of the targets were well attained.
As the district on high altitude , they practice radical terracing for crosscutting role, where they use them to improve production and environment preservation and protection. In this regard they have terraced radicals on the mountains around Burera Lake and Ruhondo benches. In a bid to promote tourism sector, the district has planned different projects that will help to run the sector among which are development of a tourism master plan. They have introduced a long term project to invite private investors in tourism and strengthen the public private partnership projects. In promoting tourism, the Burera district has completed the construction of Burera Beach Resort hotel that will help the district to provide accommodation and other hospitality services.