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Rwanda: Start of the Irish potato harvest expected to improve food access

This year, Rwanda is experiencing good crop conditions with an expected average 2020/2021 season A harvest. The start of the Irish potato harvest in the Northern Province and the anticipated start of green harvest consumption in mid-December will increase the nation’s food access and gradually lower food prices.

Currently, Irish potato prices are at their normal levels, with a farmgate price of 200 RWF/kg and an urban consumer price of 250 RWF/kg.

The easing of COVID-19 restrictions in October and early November and the partial opening of the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to informal cross-border trade has improved income-earning opportunities in urban areas and along the border with the DRC.

According to the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages in October 2020 increased annually by 9.7 and 15.6 percent for urban and rural areas, respectively, driven -among others- by the poor 2020 bean harvest.

Compared with September 2020, the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages in October increased by 1.8 and 0.1 percent in rural and urban areas, respectively. The national cost of transport, which accounts for 8 percent of average household expenses, was 11.2 percent higher than 2019 but decreased by 9.1 percent compared to September 2020 following the easing of transport restrictions.


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