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Remotely Monitored Country
Key Message Update

Looting and acts of violence intensify in Ouaka and Haute-Kotto prefectures

August 2018

August - September 2018

October 2018 - January 2019

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
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.

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 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
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Although green maize and groundnut harvests are becoming available in the south of the country, persistent conflict is preventing most households from accessing their fields. As a result, households are reliant on wild foods, market purchases, and humanitarian aid. In the north, the lean season is at its peak and markets are poorly supplied, with prices reaching twice the national average in the Sikikédé market. Poor households are thus increasingly dependent on hunting wild game and gathering wild foods. IDPs and poor households in host communities where the security situation remains precarious will likely be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until harvests become available in October.

  • There are now approximately 614,000 IDPs in the country, more than half of which are located in the Ouaka, Haute-Kotto, Ouham, and Ouham-Pendé prefectures, areas regularly subjected to violence by armed groups. There was a significant deterioration in security during the second quarter of 2018, with at least one security incident per day. Bambari, Bria, Kaga-Bandoro and some neighborhoods in Bangui were particularly affected. In addition to killings, armed groups restrict access to markets and natural resources, rob local populations and traders, disrupt livelihoods, and target humanitarian actors.

  • WFP distributed 15- and 30-day rations in the Ouaka and Haute-Kotto prefectures, reaching approximately 10 percent of the population between mid-July and mid-August. However, a large proportion of the population in need is located in areas inaccessible to humanitarian assistance. With limited income-earning opportunities from agricultural labor, mining activities, or crop and wild food sales, these households are generally consuming one meal per day and are likely in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

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