- A depreciating national currency, shortage of foreign exchange reserves and trade restrictions with neighboring countries continue to limit Burundi’s capacity to import food, keeping staple food prices above five-year average levels.
WFP introduced the SUGAR-based complaint and feedback mechanism (CFM) in its programme implementation as an innovative way to improve programme effectiveness and accountability to affected population. The SUGAR-based platform uses a hotline toll-free number through which beneficiaries directly submit their complaints to a WFP line operator, who records them in the SUGAR platform. A designated committee settles the cases and feedback is provided to the complaining beneficiary. The SUGAR-based CFM will be piloted in the refugee camps in January 2018, and will then be expanded to other programmes.
According to the December 2017 FEWSNET report, initial Season A harvests begun countrywide, slightly improving household food availability and access.
However, late and erratic rainfall, particularly in the northwest Imbo Plains, have potentially affected harvests, primarily maize. If the rains continue until mid-January, total national production is likely to be near normal, but localized areas are likely to be belowaverage.
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are expected through May 2018, but there are likely to be some poor households in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), especially in the northwest lowlands.
Staple food prices decreased slightly in November 2017 and are likely to drop further through January 2018 with the increased local supply. Due to the continued fragile macro-economic situation, food prices are expected to remain above the five-year averages.
Maize prices may not ease significantly due to possible shortfalls from erratic rainfall and the ongoing Fall Armyworm (FAW) infestation, as evidenced by an assessment carried out by FAO in December 2017. WFP continues to closely monitor the situation to take the necessary action.