|Rwanda - Health Sector Needs and Recommendations for the Transition Phase (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, 1998, 39 p.)|
|7. Recommendations for humanitarian action and preparedness|
Severe shortages of food are expected in the near future. In the first instance, existing emergency feeding programmes should be expanded.
Provinces which will require emergency feeding and food distribution are the Red Zone and south western provinces (Gikongoro, Butare, Buyumba) where new feeding programmes should be initiated. For this purpose specialised agencies should be contacted urgently for proposals of action. Secondly, immediate preparations for tools, seeds and fertiliser distribution amongst the most vulnerable families could avert or minimise a severe food shortage. Based on recent experience, closer attention should be paid to the efficiency and effectiveness of distribution mechanisms, mainly better targeting of beneficiaries and improved storage, handling and supervision of food stocks.
The fact that Rwanda will be facing major food shortages in the future is mainly because of structural problems. Therefore free food distribution should be minimised and the focus should be led on development measures to increase the production.