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Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity persists in areas affected by political tension

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Burundi
  • November 2015
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity persists in areas affected by political tension

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Conflict and political violence has spread to Mwaro, Bururi, and Rumonge, adding to the previously affected areas of Bujumbura town, Bujumbura rural, Muyinga, Kirundo, and Makamba.  As a result, people continue to flee Burundi to neighboring countries. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), between October and November, close to 20,000 refugees and asylum seekers fled Burundi, bringing the refugee population to 219,776.  

    • Areas previously affected by violence experienced a more severe lean season (September to December) than usual due to insecurity, limited access to agricultural inputs, displacement of the seasonal workforce, depleted stocks, the selling of harvests at slightly lower prices, and limited land access. These areas continue to be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). All other areas of Burundi are expected to face Minimal (Phase 1) food insecurity through March 2016 due to average harvests and stable prices.

    • With forecasts of average to above-average rainfall through December, driven in part by El Niño, there is risk of flooding and landslides in areas of Imbo and the central highlands. This will have a negative impact by displacing households, damaging Season C crops, and disrupting ongoing agricultural activities for Season A in affected areas. The Burundi Red Cross is preparing for a worst-case scenario in which 250,000 people would be affected by flooding.

    • Cassava flour, banana, sorghum, and rice prices decreased seasonally from September to October in almost all markets across the country. However, prices in most markets remain above average. Bean and maize prices in October were 15 to 30 percent higher than September, and approximately 10 percent above the five-year average. In Muyinga and Kirundo, beans prices in October were roughly 21 percent above their respective averages.

      For more detailed analysis, see the Remote Monitoring Update for October.


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