In South Burundi, A Food for Training Project Gives Hope To Returnees

In 2014, WFP-Burundi continued to support the reintegration of Burundian returnees in their communities. This was done through food-for-assets and food-for-training activities bringing together host communities and former refugees returning to Burundi from neighboring countries. In Makamba, a province in eastern Burundi with a high concentration of returnees, people who participated in a WFP food-for-training project can now earn a living.

Overview

Fifteen years of civil war since 1993, combined with extreme poverty, a fragile political process and recurrent climatic shocks, have had a strongly negative impact on Burundi’s economic and nutrition indicators. Only 28 percent of the population is food-secure and as many as 58 percent are chronically malnourished. Food security for the majority of Burundians has not improved in recent years, despite a gradual return to peace.

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