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WFP Burundi Country Brief, August 2020

Situation Report
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In Numbers

1,050 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 127,010 cash transferred under food assistance for refugees

US$ 28 m net funding requirements for the next four months (September 2020 - February 2021)

94,146 people assisted in August 2020

Operational Updates

Assistance to refugees: In August, WFP reached 48,933 refugees with 772 mt of in-kind food and US$ 127,010 for fresh food to diversify the ration. Food packaging was introduced in July as a preventive measure against COVID-19 propagation continued to be applied. It consists of packaging the food entitlements per family size. Only one family at a time is authorized to enter the distribution site and collect its entitlement. This ensures there is no overcrowding at the distribution sites.

Assistance to returnees: On 27 August 2020, 493 Burundian refugees returned to Burundi from Mahama Camp, Rwanda, through the transit centre of Songore in Ngozi province. WFP provided them with a 4-day ration to be consumed during their stay in the transit center, and a 3-month take-home ration to help them reintegrate their communities once in their zones of origin. It was the first convoy of returnees from Rwanda since the signature of the Tripartite Agreement. Meanwhile, the repatriation of Burundian refugees from Tanzania continued through the Gitara transit center in the southern province of Makamba and Nyabitare in the eastern province of Ruyigi. In total, 3,737 Burundian refugees returned to Burundi in August, and WFP assisted them with 170 mt of food.

Food assistance to vulnerable food-insecure populations: WFP worked with the local administration in Ngozi, Ruyigi, Bubanza, Cibitoke, and Rumonge provinces for the preparation of the provision of food assistance to food-insecure populations during the upcoming lean season. In total, WFP is planning to assist 154,000 food insecure people from October to December 2020 with food assistance.

Nutrition: Specialised nutritious foods were provided for the treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) to a total of 6,858 moderately malnourished pregnant and nursing women, and 9,424 children aged 6-59 months in Cankuzo, Kirundo, Ngozi and Rutana Provinces. In addition, in partnership with Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC), WFP distributed Micronutrient Powders (MNPs) to 23,020 children aged 6-23 months in Bubanza and Bujumbura provinces in order to combat micronutrient deficiencies.

Resilience: Following the successful completion of phase one in December 2019, in July 2020 WFP moved to the second phase of its resilience-building activities in Gitega and Karusi. This phase has adapted to focus on household-specific activities due to the COVID-19. With the support of WFP's cooperating partner, World Vision, each beneficiary household was supported to develop its specific development plan, including identifying assets to be created , and an income-generating activity to be implemented.