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September to December Season A rains started on time

  • Key Message Update
  • Burundi
  • September 2016
September to December Season A rains started on time

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  • Key Messages
    • The September to December Season A rains started on time and have been average in both distribution and cumulative amount. Rainfall is forecast to be erratic and slightly below average in October and November, which is likely to negatively impact maize production. Of greatest concern is Eastern Lowlands livelihood zone where June production was below average. A second season of poor production would further increase food insecurity in this area in early 2017 and some households would face Crisis (IPC Phase 3). 

    • In addition, many households in Muyinga, Ruyigi, Cankuzo, and Rutana Provinces of Eastern Arid Plateaus and Eastern Lowlands livelihood zones face reduced income-earning opportunities. Many households in these areas are dependent on casual labor in Tanzania, but insecurity and new restrictions to movement have reduced opportunities to migrate to Tanzania for work. Furthermore, staple food prices in these livelihood zones have atypically increased in recent months, due in part to reduced imports from Tanzania. Many households are expected to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through January.  

    • Although still centered in Bujumbura, conflict is growing outside of the capital. According to UNCHR, the number of people fleeing to neighboring countries has increased from about 200 daily in July to around 400 daily in August and September. The total number of Burundian refugees exceeded 300,000 in late September. Labor-dependent households in Bujumbura Rural Province are the worst affected by conflict, as labor opportunities in the capital have greatly decreased. With limited income, many households have lower purchasing capacity and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2). 

    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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