Key Message Update

Average Season B harvests despite renewed hostilities in the east of the country

July 2019

July - September 2019

Carte de la Sécurité alimentaire courante, Juin 2019: Minimal (IPhase 1 de l'IPC) dans le nord, Stresse (Phase 2 de l'IPC) dans le plupart de l'est, (IPC Phase 3) dans partis de Nord Kivu, Sud Kivu, Ituri, des Kasais, et Haut Katanga, Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) dans partis des Kasais

October 2019 - January 2020

Carrte de la Sécurité alimentaire courante, Juin 2019: Minimal (IPhase 1 de l'IPC) dans le nord, Stresse (Phase 2 de l'IPC) dans le plupart de l'est, Stresse (IPC Phase 2!) dans partis des Kasais, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) dans partis de Nord Kivu, Ituri, des Kasais

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners. FEWS NET only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners. FEWS NET only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Not mapped
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • The spread of the Ebola virus (Ebola) disease outbreak and its declaration as a global emergency is likely to undermine existing trading systems and could lead to restrictions on the movement of people and their goods. In the medium term, this situation could affect food availability in the affected areas due to the reduction in area planted. 

  • The escalation of violence by armed groups in the Fizi territory of South Kivu province since March 2019 has spread to other surrounding territories (Uvira, Mwenga, Kabambare), with 10,000 newly displaced people having abandoned their crops in this area, which is also experiencing a resurgence of measles and cholera outbreaks. This situation will likely lead to poor agricultural recovery and below-average Season A crop production.

  • Crop losses due to the presence of the mealybug or white fly locally called "Mombolenge" in the territories of Kailo, Kibombo and Pangi in the province of Maniema, as well as various small ruminant epizootic diseases, have ravaged more than 3,500 hectares of cereals, affecting some 4,800 households in the above-mentioned territories. These two shocks have exacerbated the food insecurity situation in this region, which already has nearly 54,000 displaced people.

  • Since September 2018, the territories of Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu in Ituri province have been operating in an atmosphere of acute and prolonged violence following intermittent clashes between FARDC and armed groups. These abuses have resulted in crop looting, livestock theft and destruction of community infrastructure. About 2,000 people also fled to Uganda, mainly to the towns of Ntoroko, Kisoro, Nakivale and Tchaka. This situation makes it impossible for the normal resumption of agricultural activities, and it is likely that there will be a sharp drop in agricultural production in this region at the end of the agricultural season.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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