Household food stocks depleted as lean season peaks
Despite the lean season currently peaking, households in most areas of Rwanda will be able to meet essential food and non-food needs by employing normal livelihood strategies and will face Minimal/None (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity through March 2013. However, the food security of poor households in the East Congo‐Nile highland farming and West Congo-Nile Crest tea livelihood zones has been declining, and these areas will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity until the new harvests in late December replenish stocks.
Significant rainfall levels fell over the central and western parts of the country from October 21 through November 10. In some western areas, such as the Rusizi district, particularly heavy rains caused crop damage, totaling about 477 ha.
Below-average rainfall in the East at the beginning of season 'A' (September and October) caused planting delays and crop damage in areas of the Kayonza, Kirehe, Bugesera, and Ngoma districts. Some cropping areas are being replanted and as a result, delayed and below-average harvests are likely.