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Key Message Update

Limited distribution of inputs may reduce poor households’ Season A yields

October 2018

October 2018 - January 2019

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Below-average rainfall from September to mid-October delayed Season A planting in central and eastern Burundi, but forecasted average cumulative precipitation through December is likely to support average harvests. The availability of above-average Season C harvests in marshland areas and carry-over Season B stocks nationally is sustaining Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in some provinces. However, most provinces are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) – particularly in the East, where poor households in border communes have limited ability to cope with recurrent climate hazards and resources are under increased pressure due to the influx of returnees.

  • Key informants report that agricultural livelihoods intervention programs were unable to adequately distribute improved inputs – especially seeds – to poor households due to the Government of Burundi’s three-month suspension of international NGOs. This may negatively impact poor households’ Season A crop yields, despite adequate rainfall. Although the health sector and child malnutrition programs are not affected, field implementation without NGO partners may cause service delivery challenges. The impact on local staff wages, vendor revenues, and foreign exchange reserves may also disrupt economic activities.

  • According to the Burundi Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (ISTEEBU), staple food prices in September were 4.1 and 15.6 percent below August 2018 and September 2017 prices, respectively. This is due to above-average food supply and runs contrary to normal season trends. Low food prices and seasonal increases in the daily agricultural labor wage boosted household purchasing power in September. However, food prices have begun to moderately increase in October and are expected to rise until the Season A harvest.

  • Congolese refugees living in settlements continued to receive humanitarian food assistance that maintained Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes in October. Given the risk of funding shortfalls, these refugees would rapidly deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) if ration cuts occur. At the end of September, the estimated number of IDPs declined to 150,000 and the number of returnees increased to 52,000 (OCHA). As most IDPs and returnees have few assets and are living in drought- and flood-prone communes, it is expected that most are Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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