WFP Rwanda Country Brief, July 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 July, WFP provided food assistance to 236,900 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 extended cash based transfers to refugees in lieu of food commodities distribution to a fourth camp of Kiziba. This programme allows 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 implementing the cash modality out of the six refugee camps in Rwanda.
In July, WFP transferred USD 567,400 to 62,844 camp based refugees. Under the country programme, WFP also uses cash-based transfers to provide assistance to development. In July, WFP transferred USD 46,500 to 9,327 local households participating in asset creation activities in the most food insecure areas.
WFP provided 1,713 mt of assorted food commodities to refugees in camps and former Rwandans returning home; as well as school children 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.