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22 Dec 2014 description

Context

By 2020 Rwanda aims to complete its transformation from a poor, post-conflict nation to a thriving, middle income, regional trade and investment hub. But Rwanda’s progress will stall without transformative changes that: create wealth and investment and invigorate the private sector, improve basic services, increase the accountability of the state to its people, and address potential causes of conflict and fragility, including regional instability.

29 Nov 2014 description

Beans are the most common staple commodities across all regions in Rwanda.
Maize, cassava, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas are also very important. Beans and Maize are cultivated generally in all districts of the Country, Irish potato mainly in Northern and Western parts of the Country and Banana in Eastern parts. Staple food prices are usually lower in January-February, after season A, and in July-August, following the season B harvest.
Prices are higher in October-November and May-June during the lean periods.

01 Nov 2014 description

Food security to improve in January with Season A harvests

KEY MESSAGES

  • Poor households in the Eastern Semi-Arid Agro-Pastoral Zone, Eastern Congo Nile Highland Subsistence Farming Zone, and Bugesera Cassava livelihood zones currently face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity due to increased market dependence during the lean season, above-average food prices and below-average wages.

29 Oct 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2015A season crops almost finalized
  • Maize and beans prices continue to decline in main markets
  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
02 Oct 2014 description

The Spread of Cassava Brown Streak Disease threatens crops in Southern Province

KEY MESSAGES

  • Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) has spread across at least 15,000 hectares of cassava in the Eastern Congo Nile Highland Subsistence Farming Zone. Kamonyi and Ruhango districts are the worst affected by CBSD which destroyed hundreds of hectares of crops in recent weeks.

01 Oct 2014 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

16 Sep 2014 description

Food Security Snapshot

  • Water deficit during 2014B season affected crop production and livestock body conditions, especially in eastern areas
  • Declining maize and beans prices following the 2014B harvest
  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country
03 Sep 2014 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Atypical rains during the first half of August replenished pastoral resources and livestock body conditions. Land preparation for Season A has also started early, improving income opportunities for poor households.

31 Aug 2014 description

Maize, sorghum, wheat, and groundnuts are the most important food commodities in South Sudan. Sorghum, maize, and groundnuts are the staple foods for the poor in most rural areas. Maize flour and wheat (as bread) are more important for middle-income and rich households in urban areas. Sorghum and maize are generally substitutable for one another but preferences are shifting towards maize over time, especially in the southern half of Southern Sudan. Groundnuts are important for the rural poor in Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Warrap, and Lakes states.

26 Aug 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Water deficit during 2014B season affected crop production and livestock body conditions, especially in eastern areas

  • Declining maize and beans prices following the 2014B harvest

  • Minimal levels of food insecurity in most areas of the country

26 Aug 2014 description

Fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has resulted in more than 76,000 people seeking refuge in Rwanda. In Gihembe camp, Northern Province, where WFP and its partners are providing assistance to more than 14,500 people, a new cash programme is improving the dietary diversity of the refugees as well as empowering them by giving them the ability to decide for themselves what they eat.

12 Aug 2014 description

Early depletion of household stocks expected to reduce food access in some areas

Key Messages

01 Aug 2014 description

Beans are the most common staple commodities across all regions in Rwanda. Maize, cassava, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas are also very important. Beans and Maize are cultivated generally in all districts of the Country, Irish potatoes mainly in Northern and Western parts of the Country and Bananas in Eastern parts. Staple food prices are usually lower in January-February, after season A, and in July-August, following the season B harvest. Prices are higher in October-November and May-June during the lean periods.

05 Jul 2014 description

WFP marks the International day of Co-operatives and commits to invest in capacity building of small-holder farmers through local purchases to achieve sustainable food security.

02 Jul 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Isaiah Esipisu

KIGALI, Rwanda (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As farmers move toward growing crops designed to meet growing world demand for food and stand up to tougher climate conditions, they may inadvertently be worsening malnutrition, scientists say.

Such "hidden hunger" stems from a lack of vitamins and minerals in some crops that replace staple favourites, and a narrowing of the range of foods eaten.

01 Jul 2014 description

Below-average season ‘B’ production increases food insecurity

Key Messages

  • Season B production is expected to be between 25 to 50 percent below-average due to poor seasonal rainfall performance. Continued dry conditions throughout the country will reduce area planted for season C.

  • Although staple food prices have declined in many markets with the beginning of harvests in June, these decreases are likely to remain short-term. Because of production deficits, market supplies will not replenish as they typically do.

28 Jun 2014 description

Beans are the most common staple commodities across all regions in Rwanda.
Maize, cassava, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes and bananas are also very important. Beans and Maize are cultivated generally in all districts of the Country, Irish potato mainly in Northern and Western parts of the Country and Banana in Eastern parts. Staple food prices are usually lower in January-February, after season A, and in July-August, following the season B harvest.
Prices are higher in October-November and May-June during the lean periods.

22 Jun 2014 description
report EastAfrican

Rwanda's gains in the agriculture sector could be reversed due to challenges created by climate change and the country’s inability to scale up appropriate interventions like irrigation and provision of sufficient farm implements to farmers.

Last year, agriculture output stagnated at 3 per cent, just like in 2012, while in 2011 the sector only grew by 3 per cent. This year, the government is projecting that the sector will expand by 5 per cent.

31 May 2014 description

Key Messages

Crop yields from Season B are expected to be below average. Despite on-time planting in early March, below-normal rainfall totals were received from mid-April to the end of May.

Prices of maize remained stable in most markets in April. Bean prices in most markets followed seasonal trends in April but remain well above average in Rukomo and Nyakarambi markets. Below-average Season B harvests in June are expected to put upward pressure on prices.