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Burundi Interim Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022)

Operation ID: BI01

ICSP approved at EB.1/2018.

Revision 02 approved by the RD in September 2019.

Revision 03 approved by the RD in May 2020.

Revision 04 approved by the EB in November 2020.

Revision 05 approved by the CD in December 2021.

WFP’s Burundi interim country strategic plan (2018–2020) will address the challenges and gaps hindering the elimination of hunger that were identified through a consultative process with the Government and stakeholders. Burundi’s per capita gross domestic product is the second lowest in the world and almost 65 percent of the population lives in poverty. 

WFP will expand innovative activities in its life-saving interventions, support to smallholder farmers and food markets, resilience building and work to address undernutrition. WFP will work on integrating safety nets into the social protection system, contributing to sustainable progress in achieving zero hunger, including supporting national policies and strengthening systems and institutions. The interim country strategic plan will emphasize women’s economic empowerment and gender-transformative approaches that promote gender equity and challenge gender-based norms and assumptions.

This interim country strategic plan will support achievement of the country’s objectives in addressing poverty and undernutrition and ending hunger through five strategic outcomes:

  • Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected populations, including refugees in camps, internally displaced persons and returnees in targeted areas are able to meet their basic food needs all year round. ➢
  • Strategic outcome 2: Food-insecure households in targeted areas have safe access to adequate and nutritious food all year round.
  • Strategic outcome 3: Children aged 6–59 months, adolescent girls and pregnant and lactating women and girls in the targeted provinces and communes have improved nutrition status all year round.
  • Strategic outcome 4: Food-insecure smallholders and communities in targeted areas have enhanced livelihoods that better support food security and nutrition needs by 2020.
  • Strategic outcome 5: Government, humanitarian and development partners have access to effective supply chain management and logistics all year round.

The interim country strategic plan is aligned with Burundi’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II and focuses on Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 while also contributing to goals for quality education, gender equality and climate action. It operationalizes WFP’s Strategic Plan (2017–2021), contributing specifically to Strategic Results 1, 2, 3 and 8. 

The multi-sector platform for food and nutrition security headed by the Presidency ensures integration of and synergies among partners that support achievement of the Government’s targets for ending hunger. WFP is engaged in joint programming and implementation with other United Nations agencies, particularly the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, UN-Women and the World Health Organization.