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Food security improves seasonally with arrival of Season B harvest

  • Key Message Update
  • Burundi
  • May 2016
Food security improves seasonally with arrival of Season B harvest

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Food security is seasonally improving, and the April to May lean season has come to an end, with the arrival of the Season B harvest. Although some conflict-related disruptions to agricultural production took place, most notably in Bujumbura Rural, these areas do not typically contribute significantly to total national production. Given favorable March to May rainfall in high-production areas, it is now expected that Season B crop production will be average to above-average. 

    • Civil insecurity continues to restrict labor migration, particularly in Bujumbura. With fewer income-earning opportunities, many households are unable to meet their basic food and non-food needs and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2). Some households are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).  Peace negotiations between the Government and opposition representatives took place in May, although conflict has yet to subside. Between April and May, an additional 3,000 Burundians sought refuge in neighboring countries.  

    • Given the decrease in donor funding, the Government of Burundi is facing significant budget constraints, which may lead to urban job losses. Traders are also facing increased difficulty obtaining foreign currency, reducing staple food imports to the country. Inflation is expected to remain high, constraining household purchasing capacity.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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