Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Burundi

December 19, 2016

Food Security Situation

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  • Due to political unrest in Burundi, thousands are fleeing into neighboring countries or becoming internally displaced. By November 2016, UNHCR estimated more than 326,000 refugees have crossed borders into neighboring countries, while IOM estimates over 100,000 Burundians are internally displaced.

  • Erratic rainfall and economic decline related to the political unrest have led to most households in Burundi experiencing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity, while some are experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity.

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) in targeting over 1.4 million refugees, returnees, host communities, and vulnerable Burundians in Cankuzo, Kirundo, Bujumbura rural, Ngozi, Rutana, and Gitega provinces. The program entails general food distributions, food for assets activities, and targeted supplementary feeding for pregnant and lactating women and children under two.

  • FFP supports the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in providing Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat severe acute malnutrition of children under five.

  • FFP partners with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Muyinga province with a focus on improving the nutritional status of children during their first 1,000 days of life. CRS seeks to reduce chronic malnutrition in children under five, strengthen community level systems for health and nutrition, introduce behavior changes that promote better health and nutrition, and increase regular access to nutritious food.

Food for Peace Contributions

    Total Contributions:

      U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
    Fiscal Year 2016 $17.6 million 6,592 MT
    Fiscal Year 2015 $23.7 million 6,590 MT
    Fiscal Year 2014 $20.7 million 6,250 MT

    Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

      U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
    Title II Development $4.2 million 1,700 MT
    Title II Emergency $5.4 million 2,100 MT
    Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $8 million 2,792 MT

    Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET and FAO as of December 2016.

    Country Specific Guidance:

    Additional Resources from FY 2010:

    Last updated: December 19, 2016

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