The July season B harvest in Rwanda has enhanced food availability. However, according to Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS Net) in the Eastern Province, some shortfalls in bean production are expected due to poor rainfall distribution. Also, the Northern Province will likely see shortfalls in Irish potato production, due to the high cost of farm inputs including fertilizer, pesticides, and improved seeds that have led farmers to reduce planted acreage.
FEWS NET: “Typically, Northern Province produces 70% of the country’s Irish potato supply and households rely on sales of potatoes for income. Lowland marshland areas in Southern Province may also see atypical harvest shortfalls for the minor Season C harvest in September due to heavy rainfall.“
“High food prices persist, with prices for food and non-alcoholic beverages rising by 27% above June of last year, according to the June 2022 Consumer Price Index (CPI) report.”