Reference Date: 22-January-2015
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Planting 2015A season crops has been completed and production is forecast at near-average levels
Food security conditions seasonally improve as newly-harvested crops are available for local consumption
Near average production for 2015A season crops
Harvesting of the 2015A season cereals and beans is well underway and seasonal output, which represents about 35 percent of the total annual crop production, is forecast at near-average levels. With an early start at the end of August, the short rainy season (September-January) has been characterized by above-average cumulative amounts in most provinces, with moderate dry spells as well as localized floods in October and November. Rains started to withdraw earlier than usual by mid-December in central provinces of Gitega, Muramvya and Mwaro as well as in the Dépressions de l’Est livelihood zone, bordering the United Republic of Tanzania, with negative effects especially on pasture conditions (see map on the right).
Food security conditions improve as newly-harvested crops are available for consumption
The food security conditions of poorer households started to improve at the beginning of December as early planted 2015A season crops became available for green consumption. Better labour opportunities and income linked to ongoing harvesting operations have also improved household access to food in most areas.
Although at above-average levels, prices of main staple food have been stable in recent months as a consequence of abundant imports from Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania which prevented prices to typically increase when the lean reaches its peak and households’ dependence on markets is very high. Generally, food prices are expected to decline seasonably in January/February as the bulk of 2015A season crops will be commercialized.
As of July 2014, Burundi was hosting 47 800 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 9 000 asylum seekers and 79 000 IDPs, most of them relying on humanitarian assistance to cover their food needs.