Significant improvements in household food security following Season A harvests
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that 73,867 Burundi refugees are residing in Rwanda as of February 29. This population remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2!), but only with continued humanitarian assistance. The Rwandan Government recently announced its intentions to relocate refugees to third countries, although exact plans are unknown.
Average to above-average Season A short rains, influenced by the ongoing El Niño, supported above-average harvests throughout most of Rwanda, helping maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity. However, in Eastern Semi-Arid Agropastoral livelihood zone, rainfall was erratic and resulted in below-average harvests. Some poor households in this livelihood zone remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2), although recent labor opportunities and decreasing food prices are improving food security.