WFP Rwanda Country Brief, August 2017
WFP’s main priority is to provide food assistance to refugees and vulnerable host communities, and to build national capacity to design and manage homegrown hunger solutions.
The refugee operation is currently experiencing significant funding shortfalls which may lead to interruptions in the provision of food assistance.
A new phase of the prevention of stunting programme under the Country Programme was not initiated at the beginning of the year because of funding shortfalls.
In August, WFP provided food assistance to 245,849 people, including vulnerable host populations and refugees in camps through general distributions, nutrition interventions, asset creation activities and school meals programmes in food insecure areas.
WFP has expanded cash-based transfers (CBTs) to refugees in lieu of in-kind food distribution to the fourth camp of Kiziba and is planning to extend CBTs to the fifth camp of Mugombwa by the end of September. CBTs allow refugees to purchase food of their choice from local markets, using the multi-wallet smart cards, which include biometrics for identification checks. Gihembe, Nyabiheke, Kigeme and Kiziba are the four camps, which are currently distributing CBTs.
In August, WFP transferred USD 647,901 to 62,630 camp based refugees. Under the country programme, transferred USD 78,787 to 18,335 local households participating in asset creation activities in the most food insecure areas.
WFP provided 1,348 mt of assorted food commodities to refugees in camps and returnees; as well as schoolchildren in food insecure districts of Nyamagabe, Nyaruguru, Rutsiro and Karongi.
WFP continues to support small-holder farmers in Rwanda, providing training and linking them with buyers and agriculture service providers, including banks and crop insurance companies.