Burundi Remote Monitoring Update, January 2014
Season A harvests expected to be near average
- Season A harvests (December-February), which are 35 percent of annual production, are expected to be below average in the Plateaux Humides zone (Ngozi, Kayanza, Muramvya, Mwaro, and Gitega), as well as Bugendana and Bweru districts, due to sporadic rainfall during the September-January “small rains.” At a national level, Season A harvests are expected to be near average.
- At this point in the season, most households have replenished food stocks due to the ongoing harvest, and have Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity.
- Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity is expected in some areas during the March to May 2014 period, due to the localized Season A shortfalls. In addition, there are fewer opportunities for some poor landless households to migrate to Tanzania for work as they typically do during February-March, given the expulsion of Burundians from Tanzania in August and September 2013.
- More returnees are expected this year, according to the tripartite agreement between the Burundian government, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Uganda.