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December/January Season A harvests improving food security

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Rwanda
  • January 2016
December/January Season A harvests improving food security

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Food security has improved significantly for the majority of households in Rwanda following favorable Season A harvests. Average to above-average September to December short rains provided agricultural-related income-earning opportunities for labor-dependent households and supported average to above-average maize and beans production. Household food stocks have increased and food insecurity is anticipated to be Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through at least March.

    • Food security has improved to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) for previously Stressed (IPC Phase 2) households in the Eastern Semi-Arid Agro Pastoral livelihood zone. Improvements are attributed to increased labor opportunities at harvest and reduced food prices, which together have increased household purchasing capacity. However, given that both the December/January Season A harvest and previous June/July Season B harvest were below-average in this area, households are expected to move back to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) during the April/June minor lean season.

    • According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as of January 25, Rwanda is hosting 71,881 Burundi refugees. This population remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2!), but only with continued humanitarian assistance. However, funding levels remain low. Only 39 percent of Rwanda’s required funding through the Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan has been funded. Displacements from Burundi to Rwanda are expected to continue if civil insecurity in Burundi persists, putting pressure on camp capacities and food sources.

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