High food prices and conflict in South Sudan and Yemen leading to continued Emergency
Staple food prices have been above average since May, likely due to 18 percent below-average production for 2014/15. The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has been selling maize in deficit markets since June. Prices are not expected to increase substantially, as maize will likely continue to be exported into the Greater Horn of Africa, but not to southern Africa.
With Purchase for Progress (P4P), the World Food Programme (WFP) purchases crops from smallholder farmers’ organizations and supports them to become effective businesses. With help from WFP, other buyers bought more than US$60 million-worth of food from these farmers’ organizations, giving smallholders access to sustainable markets.
The Tanzania government has given a green light for UNHCR to conduct an assessment of three identified sites in two districts of Kibondo (Nduta) and Kakonko (Karago and Mtendeli). All the three sites were used for refugee camps in the past years.
6000 families are still in mass shelters while all 16 schools that were used for mass shelters have been emptied and learning will resume in the coming few days.
· To date nearly 87,000 new Burundian refugees have arrived into Tanzania since end-April, according to UNHCR reports. Among countries in the Great Lakes Region, Tanzania has received the highest number of refugees. Currently all refugees are hosted at Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, bringing the total refugee population residing there to 152,000. This makes Nyarugusu one of the largest single location refugee camps in world.
More than 85,694 Burundian refugees have arrived in Tanzania since early May 2015 and are living in Nyarugusu camp.
A total of 1,288 refugees arrived in Tanzania between 11th August and 17th August; the most used entry points are Buhigwe, Kakongo, and Ngara.
The average daily rate of arrivals into Tanzania is below 250 individuals.
As of 21th August, Nyarugusu camp is host to 151,651 refugees mainly from Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
By Kizito Makoye
ILALASIMBA, Tanzania, Aug 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Yolanda Ngunda has every reason to smile now she holds a title deed recognising her as sole owner of a disputed plot of rugged farmland in Tanzania's remote southern highlands.
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On 20 August, Pierre Nkurunziza was sworn in for a third term as Burundi’s president. During the ceremony, President Nkurunziza called on fellow Burundians who have fled the country to return home and to join in the “building of their nation”. President Nkurunziza also urged for an end to violence that has persisted since his announcement to run for a third term in April.
Thousands of refugees continue to flee violence and civil unrest in Burundi, since the beginning of April. The inflow of refugees was first witnessed in Republic of Rwanda and, from the end of April/May onwards, increasingly to the United Republic of Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda. Inexorably, the outflow of Burundians to neighbouring countries has dramatically increased. On April 22, UNHCR declared a Level 1 emergency and on May 11, in response to the worsening situation, a Level 2 emergency was declare d and a Regional Refugee Coordinator was appointed.
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By Eliane Luthi
As the recent violence in Burundi has forced many to flee across the border to Tanzania, and sometimes back home again, the social safety net, already fragile, has begun to fray.
KABONGA, Burundi, 20 August 2015 – “We had to leave the camp during the night,” remembers Ernestine Ntirampeba, 25. “I put my smallest daughter on my back, and my other daughter walked. The children were complaining – they were hungry. I kept telling them to be patient.”