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WFP Rwanda Country Brief, October 2017

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  • WFP continues to support a growing number of Burundian and Congolese refugees hosted in six camps in Rwanda. Additionally, WFP is building national capacity to design and manage home grown hunger solutions.

  • WFP urgently requires USD10.3 million for the next six months (November 2017 – April 2018) to meet the needs of the refugees.

  • The refugee operation’s resource situation remains critical. WFP has reduced rations by 10 percent in the November general food distributions in order to stretch available resources.

Operational Updates

In October, WFP provided food assistance to 255,076 people, including vulnerable host populations and refugees in camps through general distributions and cash transfers, nutrition interventions, asset creation activities and school meals programmes in food insecure areas. WFP transferred USD 651,824 to 71,476 camp based refugees. Under the country programme, WFP transferred USD 104,695 to 25,400 people participating in asset creation activities in the most food insecure areas.
Given resource constraints facing the refugee operation, WFP has reduced general food distribution (GFD) rations by 10 percent in the November distributions in order stretch available resources. Without new contributions, rations may be reduced further in the coming months.
In October, WFP provided 1,546 mt of assorted food commodities to refugees in camps, returnees and school children attending schools 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.