WFP Burundi Country Brief, February 2022 – Burundi

In numbers

515 tonnes of food aid distributed

$575,060 in cash transfers for refugee assistance and resilience building

Net financing requirements of USD 14.76 million for the next six months (March – August 2022)

331,343 people assisted in February 2022

Operational updates

  • Assistance to refugees: WFP provided food and nutrition assistance to 52,732 refugees (23,202 men, 29,530 women, 14,238 children aged 0-59 months and 2,109 people aged over 60) with the distribution of 278 tons of in-kind food and USD 571,971 in cash transfers (CCT). The food in kind consisted of a half ration of pulses and 29 percent ration of cereals. CBT was distributed to enable beneficiaries to compensate for reduced grain and pulse rations and to purchase vegetable oil and iodized salt.

  • Assistance to returnees: WFP provided food and nutrition assistance to 1,830 Burundian returnees (897 men or 49 percent and 933 women or 51 percent), distributing 77 tons of food in kind. Assistance consisted of hot meals provided in transit centers and a three-month return package consisting of cereals, pulses, vegetable oil and iodized salt.

  • Resilience: As part of the joint FAO/UNICEF/UNFPA/WFP community resilience building project implemented in the provinces of Bubanza, Ruyigi and Cankuzo, WFP provided cash-based transfer rights in the amount of US$3,089 to 70 participating farming households (350 people) who did not receive their entitlements during the December 2021 Distribution due to beneficiary registration issues. They had participated in asset creation activities in November 2021.

  • Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM): As of February 2022, MAM treatment activities benefited 7,270 moderately malnourished pregnant and lactating women and girls (PLWGs) and 8,571 children aged 6-59 months who received 91 tons of specialized nutritious food in Cankuzo, Kirundo, Ngozi and Rutana provinces. The distributions were coupled with social behavior change communication (SBCC) implemented by community health workers and targeting PLWGs and guardians of children aged 6–59 months present at the health centers for the distributions.

  • Visit to the project site by the German Ambassador to Burundi: On February 16, the German Ambassador to Burundi visited a project site for building resilience in the province of Karusi. The ambassador wanted to witness the results achieved by the German-funded resilience building project in this province. With the same funding, a similar project was implemented in the province of Gitega.

  • Over a three-year period (2019-2021), resilience interventions directly covered more than 41,000 households who designed/revised household plans best suited to their needs: more than 90% of beneficiaries established gardens family vegetable gardens meeting technical standards; and each household regularly fertilizes its vegetable gardens and fields with the compost it produces. These gardens have contributed to improving household dietary diversity, micronutrient availability and access to nutritious foods.

  • At the community level, the arable lands of the communities exposed to landslides and water erosion were protected by trenches; communities have easier access to social services through the rehabilitation of rural roads; agroforestry nurseries have been set up at all project sites and tree seedlings have been distributed to communities for the restoration of soil fertility and environmental protection. With the use of cash transfers, targeted beneficiaries improved their resilience and nutritional status, as indicated by a ten percentage point improvement in the proportion of households consuming adequate food (November Food Security Outcome Tracker). 2021).

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