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WFP Rwanda Country Brief, August 2018

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In Numbers

1,413 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 646,400 distributed through cash assistance
USD 4.5 m is urgently needed to ensure the continuation of food assistance to refugees for the next six months (September 2018 - February 2019) 228,497 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

  • WFP provided food assistance for 146,487 refugees and returnees in August, distributing 1,200 mt of assorted food commodities as well as USD 640,000 in cash transfers, allowing refugees to purchase food from local markets. Refugees who are living in camps in Rwanda have limited access to job opportunities and rely almost exclusively on humanitarian food assistance to meet their daily needs.

  • WFP continued supporting the rehabilitation of marshlands under the asset creation activities component of the Country Programme in August. In addition, WFP continues to actively work with communities, the Rwandan local government and cooperating partners, setting up structures to ensure the sustainability of the different types of assets (terraces, marshland, livestock, warehouses, market places, etc.). In parallel, WFP is providing training to improve the lives of Rwandans in the most food insecure districts of Nyamagabe, Rutsiro and Karongi.

  • WFP continued its efforts to support the Home Grown School Feeding in the most food insecure areas. With 196mt of food commodities (over 70 percent purchased locally) distributed for school meals, WFP reached 81,696 students in 104 primary schools in August 2018.

  • WFP continued to support smallholder farmers in Rwanda by providing training in post-harvest loss reduction and linking them with formal buyers and agriculture service providers. Over 47,000 smallholder farmers around Rwanda are assisted through this programme.