Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Burundi

April 3, 2014

Food Security Situation

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  • According to International Food Policy and Research Institute’s (IFPRI) 2013 Global Hunger Index, Burundi has an extremely alarming level of hunger based on high levels of undernourishment, underweight children, and child mortality.

  • According to the February 2014 Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) Report, most households will have minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity through June.  From March to June, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity is expected in the Plateaux Humides zone as well as Bugendana and Bweru districts due to localized Season A production deficits.  These households are expected to rely on market purchases earlier than normal, while prices of some key commodities will be above average. Higher prices will impact purchasing power, particularly for poor households.

  • On 9 and 10 February 2014, flooding and landslides hit households in the northern areas of Bujumbura leaving 77 dead, 182 injured and nearly 4,000 houses destroyed or severely damaged.



Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) in targeting 252,000 refugees, returnees, and host communities in Ngozi, Ruyigi, Muyinga, Makamba, Bururi, and Rutana provinces with general food distributions, food vouchers, supplementary feeding, and funding the Comprehensive Food Security and Nutrition Vulnerability.

  • FFP partners with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces and focuses on children during their first 1,000 days of life and their mothers (50,000 mother/child pairs) and seeks to improve access to health services, introduce behavior changes that promote better health and nutrition, and increase access to nutritious food.


Food for Peace Contributions

    Total Contributions:

      U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
    Fiscal Year 2014 $12.7 million 5,310 MT
    Fiscal Year 2013 $19.3 million 12,920 MT
    Fiscal Year 2012 $19.4 million 14,050 MT
    Fiscal Year 2011 $27.3 million 26,180 MT
    Fiscal Year 2010 $11.1 million 15,930 MT

    Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

      U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
    Title II Development ---- ----
    Title II Emergency $9.4 million 5,310 MT
    Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $3.3 million ----

    Food Security Situation information provided by WFP, IFPRI and FEWSNET as of March 2014.

    Country Specific Guidance:

    Additional Resources from FY 2010:

    Last updated: May 29, 2014

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