Season 'A' harvests improve food availability and access for poor households
Season 'A' harvests in Burundi are almost complete. Most households across the country are consuming their own food production and will face Minimal/None (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes through June 2013. However, returnees living in rural integrated villages, refugees living in camps, and poor households living in warm lowlands and hauts plateaux humides areas will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between March and the next harvests in late June.
Due to the recent harvests, prices for maize and beans (two important food staples for poor households) have been stable or declining compared to December prices although they have remained 33-89 percent and 7-26 percent above the five-year average, respectively. The exception is Bujumbura were January prices for almost all commodities increased (3-9 percent) compared to December.