(Bujumbura, January 9, 2023) The United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Martin Griffiths, has made a contribution of US$3.5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to assist some 38,650 people affected by food insecurity in the Republic of Burundi.
An IPC analysis of Burundi, September 2022, indicates that 1.4 million people (12% of the population) will experience acute food insecurity during the lean season (October-December 2022), an increase of 18% compared to the period June-September 2022. . However, the climatic hazards that hit Burundi during the last quarter of 2022 (delayed rainy season, water deficit, local torrential rains mixed with wind and hail) exacerbated the impact of pre-existing shocks (COVID-19 pandemic, Rift Valley fever). , and inflation) and further deteriorated the expected level of food insecurity in the country. Agricultural households, which represent more than 90% of the population, have not prepared crops for the 2023 agricultural planting season and will face an extension of the lean season, which is characterized by depletion of food reserves, and an increase in the price of staples. Food market, reduce agricultural employment opportunities.
Through the Central Emergency Response Fund’s rapid response allocation, the most affected people will receive food aid, seeds and agricultural inputs through two projects implemented by the World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Both projects aim to reduce the adoption of negative coping mechanisms by the most vulnerable families.
WFP will use $2.1 million to provide emergency food assistance to 38,645 people (7,730 families) through the cash transfer method, allowing food to be procured from local markets to boost the local economy and support long-term solutions. For its part, the Food and Agriculture Organization will allocate US$1.4 million to provide agricultural and animal inputs to the same 7,730 families and to provide awareness sessions on sustainable agricultural practices and land use.
FAO welcomed the allocation stating that “disasters related to climate change have significantly affected food production across the country, and the CERF allocation will help us to help farmers recover, preserve their productive assets and enhance their resilience to shocks.” The World Food Program added: “The humanitarian response to the severe food security crisis affecting thousands of families in Burundi suffers from a severe lack of funding, and we hope that the allocation of the Central Emergency Response Fund will serve as a catalytic tool to mobilize additional resources, by the humanitarian and development partners present in Burundi.” “.
UN Resident Coordinator Damien Mama said he is “extremely grateful to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for its research into the serious impact of climate change-related disasters on agriculture and food security in Burundi.” The Food Security Cluster requirements for 2022 remain underfunded at 33.4%, which reduces their ability to respond as the food security crisis hits the country.
The Central Emergency Response Fund pools the contributions of donors around the world into a single fund that allows humanitarian workers to provide life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike. In 20 years, CERF has committed more than US$75 million to 106 projects in Burundi.
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