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Stressed outcomes expected to persist through early December in the Bugesera Cassava Zone

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Rwanda
  • September 2015
Stressed outcomes expected to persist through early December in the Bugesera Cassava Zone

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Below-average June/July Season B harvests of maize, bean, cassava, and sweet potatoes in the Bugesera Cassava and parts of the Western Congo Nile Tea and Food Crop Zones has led to limited household food stocks among the poor. The October to early December lean season is anticipated to be more severe than normal. Food insecurity is expected to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) for poor households in the Bugesera Cassava Livelihood Zone through early December, when the green harvest begins.

    • Poor households’ purchasing power is being constrained by a depreciation in the Rwanda Franc and increased fuel and food prices. In Kigali, partners report dry bean retail prices are RWF 500 per kilogram, about 80 percent higher than the two-year average. Similarly, cassava flour prices are RWF 380 in Kigali, also well above normal levels. However, the minor Season C harvest has improved household food supply in the Central Plateau Banana and Food Crops Zone, in particular.

    • An estimated 69,400 Burundi refugees still reside in Rwanda as of mid-September. Though the influx of refugees has slowed significantly and some have returned to Burundi, many continue to exert pressure on the food and income sources of poor host households, which is contributing to food insecurity in areas already classified in Stressed (IPC Phase 2).


      For more detailed analysis, see the Remote Monitoring Update for August 2015.


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