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Burundi: Burundi: Food Assistance Fact Sheet - March 13, 2019

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, United States of America
SITUATION • As of January 2019, ongoing political unrest and natural disasters in Burundi had internally displaced more than 140,000 Burundians, while approximately 347,000 have fled as refugees into nearby countries, according to the UN. Additionally, violence in eastern DRC has driven roughly 77,000 Congolese refugees into Burundi. Following an agreement between Burundi, Tanzania, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in August 2017, nearly 58,000 Burundian refugees voluntarily returned to Burundi in 2018. Many displaced and returnee populations face challenges accessing land to farm and other means of income gene as a result, they continue to depend on external assistance. • Approximately 1.7 million Burundians faced Crisis (IPC 3) or worse levels of acute food insecurity from October to December 2018, according the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification Working Group. • According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), abundant rainfall in December and January will likely bolster February harvests, leading to Stressed (IPC 2) outcomes for most households through May 2019. RESPONSE • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable, food-insecure Burundians and Congolese refugees with food sourced from U.S., local and regional markets and cash transfers for food. With FFP support, WFP also provides children younger than 5 years of age and pregnant and lactating women with specialized nutritious foods for the treatment and management of acute malnutrition. FFP support enables the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide ready-to-use therapeutic food to treat severe acute malnutrition in children younger than 5. • In Muyinga Province, FFP supports development activities led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) that aim to improve the nutritional status of children. CRS seeks to prevent chronic malnutrition in children younger than 5, strengthen community-level systems for health and nutrition, foster positive behavior change and increase regular access to nutritious food.


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