439.360 MT of food assistance distributed
US$ 941,405 cash-based transfers
US$ 16.2 m six months net funding requirements, representing 61.2 percent of total requirements for the next six months (October 2020 - March 2021).
137,552 people assisted in September 2020
• Refugee Assistance: WFP reached 137,552 people with food assistance in September, including 75,254 Congolese refugees, 62,282 Burundian refugees, and 16 returnees. School feeding activities in camps were not implemented as schools remain closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.
• Following the Government’s easing of COVID-19 movement restrictions, total lockdown measures that had been put in place in Kigeme camp since late July were lifted. Movements restrictions in and around refugee camps continue to be enforced and refugees returning to camps are hosted in designated quarantine sites for observation. Refugees are allowed to re-enter respective refugee camps after confirmation of negative COVID-19 test. WFP continues to provide food assistance to over 500 refugees in designated quarantine sites situated in and around refugee camps.
• The voluntary repatriation of Burundian refugees continued in September with two additional convoys that departed on 10 and 24 September 2020. From 27 August until end of September 2020, over 1,500 Burundian refugees had repatriated. According to UNHCR’s planning figures, 8,000 Burundian refugees are planned to voluntarily repatriate by end December 2020, and an additional 40,000 by the end of 2021.
• Social Protection: WFP officially started the Sustainable Market Alliance and Assets creation for Resilient Communities and Gender Transformation (SMART) project. The three-and-a-half-year initiative will focus on developing climate-resilient community assets such as land terraces, rehabilitated marshland, and improved small-scale irrigation systems. These will build community resilience to natural shocks such as drought, flooding, and landslides. To complement this, farmers will be provided with agricultural inputs, training, and support to better access markets in order to generate sustainable improvements in livelihoods and food security. Over 180,000 people will benefit from the project in five districts. WFP will implement the SMART project in partnership with Good Neighbours International and Duhamic-Adri.