Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Burundi

January 13, 2016

Food Security Situation

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CIA World Factbook
  • Due to ongoing political unrest in Burundi, thousands are fleeing into neighboring countries, and agricultural production has been disrupted, leading to below-normal harvests. By late December 2015, UNHCR estimated more than 228,000 refugees have crossed borders into neighboring countries.

  • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity is likely to persist in these conflict-affected areas as a result of these factors.


Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) in targeting one million refugees, returnees and host communities in Cancuzo, Ngozi, Ruyigi, Muyinga, Makamba and Rutana 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 $3.4 million 2,100 MT
    Fiscal Year 2015 $23.7 million 6,590 MT
    Fiscal Year 2014 $20.7 million 6,250 MT
    Fiscal Year 2013 $19.3 million 12,920 MT
    Fiscal Year 2012 $19.4 million 14,050 MT

    Fiscal Year 2016 Contribution Breakdown:

      U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
    Title II Development ---- ----
    Title II Emergency $3.4 million 2,100 MT
    Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----

    Food Security Situation information provided by FEWS NET as of January 2016.

    Country Specific Guidance:

    Additional Resources from FY 2010:

    Last updated: January 13, 2016

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