FAO/GIEWS - Foodcrops & Shortages 4/01 - Burundi

The output of the 2001 B season was good. An FAO/WFP/UNICEF Mission at local level, estimated the production at 175 000 tonnes of cereals, 187 000 tonnes of pulses, 864 000 tonnes of roots and tubers and 681 000 tonnes of bananas and plantains. This is 10 percent, 24 percent, 14 percent and 4 percent higher than in the 2000 B season respectively. In aggregate, foodcrops production was 10 percent above the previous year's level.
Despite insecurity in parts, including districts bordering Tanzania, southern districts of Gitega province, the Mwaro and Muramvya provinces, areas bordering the Kibira forest and the commune of Mutimbuzi in the Bujumbura rurale area, the security situation was generally stable in the rest of the country and agricultural activities were undertaken normally. Seed distribution was timely with the support of the international community. Rains during the season were abundant and regular and lasted until June, benefiting the maturation of late planted crops. These factors resulted in higher plantings and yields in the 2001 B season.

The output of the 2001 first crop season was also satisfactory and current forecast points to a good 2001 third season. As a consequence, the food supply situation is expected to improve in the second half of the year. The nutritional situation has also improved with a decline in the number of beneficiaries in the nutritional centres. Despite this overall improvement, the food situation of about 580 000 internally displaced people and of other vulnerable groups give cause for concern. Food aid continues to be distributed to a total of 596 299 vulnerable people. Food assistance will still be required for the remainder of the year.