- The ongoing socio-political crisis, displacements, disruption of livelihood activities, deterioration of the economy, high food prices, and climatic shocks remain the key drivers of food insecurity in Burundi.
The October 2017 FEWSNET update indicates that according to FAO, there is a Fall Army Worm infestation that is affecting newly planted maize. The extent of the infestation is unclear, but this is likely to impact maize yields, particularly in Makamba, Rumonge, Muyinga and Kirundo provinces. As a result, poor households in these areas may face crisis (Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 outcomes by April-May 2018.
The country office will introduce the use of SCOPE in its nutrition programme in Gitega province. The intervention aims to prevent undernutrition through the provision of cash transfers to beneficiaries. The use of SCOPE will support beneficiary registration and reporting, hence enhancing accountability and transparency. The country office will capitalize on lessons learned during the implementation of blanket supplementary feeding in Bujumbura last year, where SCOPE was successfully used.
A study by One Acre Fund on improved fuel-efficient household cook stoves introduced by WFP in Burundi under SAFE project reported preference and high demand for the stoves in Muramvya province. The study found that 100 percent of the participants interviewed prefer to use cook stoves because less firewood is used for cooking and food remains hot for a longer period of time as compared to the traditional open fire.