Below-normal Vuli harvest in the Northeast to extend current lean season
The ongoing Vuli harvest in northern Tanzania is expected to be below average following an erratic rainy season and earlyseason flooding due to heavy El Niño rains. A below-average Vuli season will extend the lean season to June/July, when the Masika green harvest starts.
Following a delayed start of season in central and southern areas, above-average rainfall has provided adequate rains for cropping activities and the main Msimu harvest is likely to be near normal. Areas that are currently facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity are likely to move into Minimal (IPC Phase 1) with the start of the harvest in April/May.
Emergency food distributions for refugees and asylum-seekers from Burundi and DRC are currently planned through June 2016.
Minor harvests will begin in April/May for refugees who were able to plant prior to the start of the season. With refugees continuing to arrive, this population is expected to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) after June, with certain households in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in the absence of humanitarian assistance.