By Behailu Shiferaw
Behailu Shiferaw is communications specialist for WaterAid in the East Africa region.
KIGALI, Rwanda, Jul 10 2018 (IPS) - To many of us, ‘keep out of the reach of children’ is a phrase we see printed on labels for medicines and chemicals. To mothers in Rweru Sector, Rwanda, it’s a daily principle to live by.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Significant production losses for pulse and rice crops in 2018B season due to excess moisture and floods
About 50 000 people displaced in April and May due to widespread floods
Average 2018A season harvest, with localized production shortfalls in eastern areas due to below-average rainfall
Prices of maize declining to low levels in recent months, prices of beans unseasonally increasing in May
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.
This case study describes an innovative youth livelihoods project that was implemented in Mahama refugee camp, Rwanda, to strengthen the resilience and protection of 400 young Burundian refugees between 18 and 30 years old.
KIGALI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a US$6.5 million contribution from the United States of America in support of Congolese and Burundian refugees in Rwanda. This contribution restores full food rations to these refugees and brings the total food and nutrition assistance provided by USAID/Food for Peace in Rwanda to US$10 million this year.
The contribution comes at a critical time when WFP’s resources are being stretched to respond to the food needs of an increasing number of camp-based refugees.
1,052 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 550,277 cash based transfers made
US$ 5.3 million 6 months (June-November 2018) net funding requirements
239,692 people in May 2018
Ongoing harvests improving food availability, except in landslide-affected western areas
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Heavy rainfall and winds in the districts of Rusizi, Nyamasheke, Huye, Bugesera, Gicumbi, Ngoma, Kirehe, Rubavu and Nyabihu on 17 September 2017, resulted in destruction of houses and community farm lands. The most affected areas were in five districts: Rusizi and Nyamasheke (Western province); Ngoma and Bugesera (Eastern province); and Huye (Southern province).
With a 38% stunting rate, Rwanda needs to accelerate progress on undernutrition, according to the latest economic update
The report notes that stunting rates are highest among the poorest households, and those living in rural areas
Recommendations include to adopt a pro-poor approach, targeting the poorest children and those under two years of age during the critical 1000-day window, beyond which stunting is largely irreversible
1,015 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 545,538 cash based transfers made
US$ 5.5 m six months (May-October 2018) net funding requirements
277,000 people assisted in April 2018
Flooding and landslides inflict heavy toll on livelihoods and cropping conditions
by Yvonne Munyangeri, Desire Kagabo and Gloriose Nsengiyumva (CIAT Rwanda)
Training journalists on how to communicate weather and climate information to farmers.
Due to the so called 'complicated content' of climate information, related articles and news were considered uninteresting to many journalists.”
Goretti Uwizeyimana, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda
Addis Ababa, 26 May 2018: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, today received from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Rwanda, Louise Mushikiwabo, the instruments of ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport. Rwanda is the third member state to ratify the AfCFTA, after Ghana and Kenya, and the first to do so as far as the Protocol on Free Movement of Persons and the African Passport is concerned.
Rwanda is currently undertaken research to uncover the national prevalence of violence against children. It has made great strides towards gender equality and ending gender based violence and has a robust related health policy framework.
In a village in Nyamagabe, Rwanda, the community have built a water pond that serves a communal garden now benefitting twenty five families.
While Rwanda benefits from two rainy seasons, because of its location in the equatorial region, climate change has had a big impact. Rainfall has become more erratic and the rainy seasons are shorter. Water harvesting schemes like these help maximise the use of the water that is available.