Humanitarian assistance and development in Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces

Emergency Food Assistance
Burundi Nexus Project
Implementing Partner: Lutheran World Federation Burundi
Lead Member: Canadian Lutheran World Relief
People Served: 6,060
Budget: $178,600 (Year 4)
Timeline: April 2021 – June 2024 2023

Canadian Lutheran World Federation (CLWR) is working with Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Burundi to implement the AMAHORO II project, which will work with IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host community households in Ruyigi and Cankuzo provinces who are experiencing acute and chronic food insecurity.

Flooding, landslides, and a high number of returnees to Burundi are all contributing to food insecurity, which has been further worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. LWF Burundi’s humanitarian response will provide food vouchers to 350 households over nine months. The early recovery and development component of the project includes agricultural extension through farmer field schools, providing agricultural inputs, strengthening existing farmers association groups, establishing savings and loans groups, and developing or rehabilitating community assets through cash-for-work. The project will also provide training for local Village Development Committees on gender equality, women’s leadership, and children’s rights and implement a monitoring and referral system for cases of gender-based violence.

From January to June 2024, LWF Burundi will implement a six month extension to its original project. This extension will focus on strengthening the farmer field schools, Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) groups, and cooperatives established through the original 33 months of the project and will benefit 1,200 people (719 women and 481 men).

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