Rwanda + 2 more

WFP Rwanda Country Brief, January 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 home- grown hunger solutions.
  • The prevention of stunting programme under the Country Programme has been discontinued due to lack of funding.

WFP Assistance

The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) targets 198,829 people, including Burundian and Congolese refugees, former Rwandan refugees returning home and children from the host communities attending the same schools as refugee children in and around refugee camps.

Refugees living in the camps in Rwanda entirely depend on assistance to meet their food needs, as they have limited access to livelihood activities.

WFP’s assistance is provided through in-kind food distributions and safety net interventions such as blanket supplementary feeding, targeted supplementary feeding and school meals. Cash-Based Transfers (CBTs) in lieu of in-kind food distributions are implemented in three out of the six camps, enabling refugees to purchase food of their choice at the local markets, thus contributing to the country’s economy.

This refugee operation and its components were formulated based on consultative meetings with partners including the Government of Rwanda, UN agencies and the people that WFP assists.

WFP’s portfolio of assistance under the Common Country Programme (CCP) focuses on national capacity development and on modelling innovations in food assistance. WFP’s emphasis is on the provision of technical support to the government and enabling it to develop, design, and manage nationally owned, innovative hunger solutions, including school feeding.

WFP enhances resilience and livelihood opportunities for the most vulnerable and food insecure people, and strengthens the capacity of the government to reduce hunger.

WFP builds resilience through community based asset creation activities and is based on WFP’s long term experience in asset creation and existing government initiatives such as Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP), based on a participatory approach.