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Rwanda: feeding one million Rwandans

23-11-1995 News Release 47

The ICRC has distributed food to over one million people in Rwanda since early 1995. A relief delegate, Pierrette Parriaux, said that to avoid food shortages, the ICRC had worked in recent months to help resettle returnees from camps for the internally displaced in Gikongoro and refugees returning from Uganda, Burundi, Zaire and Tanzania. " Our efforts have focused on those areas with a high concentration of returnees, such as Butare and Kigali Rural, and we are naturally providing food for both the returnees and the resident population " .

The monthly ration handed out to each individual is 12 kg of cereals, 4 kg of beans, 2 litres of vegetable oil and 150 g of salt, enough to provide 2,400 kcal per person per day. The ICRC has so far this year distributed 37,000 tonnes of food.

To afford a measure of food security, the ICRC this year has also distributed seed and agricultural implements to some 135,000 Rwandan families. An assessment of the seed programme is currently underway.

If the situation remains stable, and to avoid creating dependency on food aid, the ICRC will phase out its overall food aid programme in Rwanda by the end of this year.