Burundi: Acute Food Insecurity Situation June - September 2014
01.06.2014 > 30.09.2014


& next steps


The persistence of natural disasters and shocks in Burundi, the most frequent of which are water shortages, floods, hail, crop diseases such as severe mosaic and Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW), maintain an agricultural context that stagnates almost every season. The situation is getting worse - for Burundi, which is faced with a rapidly growing population, a continuous deterioration of the environment and a loss of soil fertility, the inaction of which is becoming increasingly expensive.

A joint FAO / WFP-UNICEF-GRC Platform evaluation, held in June 2014, revealed a worrying situation triggered by early rainfall, which predicts a deep crisis from August onwards with food insecurity and difficulties for the 2015A cropping season.

With this decline and the instability of agricultural production combined with the complexity of other (structural and cyclical) causes of food insecurity, the efforts of different programs to combat malnutrition fail to produce tangible results. The preliminary results of the global analysis of food security and vulnerability reveal that chronic malnutrition is still very high, although significant progress is to be noted (from 58 to 50%).

The main driving factors behind food insecurity are:

  • water shortages
  • floods
  • hail
  • crop diseases such as severe mosaic and Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW)
  • instability of agricultural production
  • loss of soil fertility
  • rapidly growing population

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