Relief Web: 3,000 Rwandan families face hunger due to drought


ReliefWeb says more than 3,000 families in Rwanda’s Eastern Province are facing hunger due to the impact of drought.

Despite other parts of the East African country enjoying good harvests at this season, various households in the Eastern Province have endured drought conditions, leading to little or no harvests whatsoever.

Government responds to food shortage

Rwanda’s government is already making arrangements to deliver food aid to support more than 3,000 families in the country’s Eastern Province, according to sources cited by ReliefWeb.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (Minagri) is still assessing the extent of the food shortage and how many families will be affected. Government officials have suggested that the areas experiencing the worst conditions are mostly those that were left out of a multimillion irrigation project supported by the World Bank that improved various parts of Eastern Province previously prone to drought.

Eastern Province still at risk

Rwanda’s Eastern Province is more prone to drought than other parts of the country and, while significant efforts have been made to improve the region’s agricultural stability, there are various parts that remain vulnerable.

So far, the areas identified as needing food assistance are Ndego, Murama, Kabarondo, Mwiri, Kabare and Rwinkwavu sectors of Kayonza and Nyarubuye, Kigano, Nasho, Mpanga, Nyamugari and cells in Kirehe districts.

Elsewhere in Rwanda, food production has increased in recent years, which means the country is able to provide the food assistance required in the Eastern Province without external aid. The government says it is working closely with local authorities to make sure assistance reaches those in need.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.