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Conflict and insecurity continue to drive high needs in much of East Africa

  • Key Message Update
  • East Africa
  • October 2016
Conflict and insecurity continue to drive high needs in much of East Africa

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In South Sudan, ongoing insecurity in Western Bahr el Ghazal, Greater Equatoria, and Greater Upper Nile continue to restrict food access and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes persist. In Northern Bahr el Ghazal, the ongoing harvest, availability of fish, and increased humanitarian assistance are increasing food access, but improvements remain limited given widespread poor harvests and macroeconomic instability.

    • A major food security emergency continues in Yemen as an estimated seven to 10 million people face difficulties meeting basic food needs in line with Crisis (IPC Phase 3 or 3!) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Food insecurity will remain most severe in Ta’izz Governorate as well as for IDP populations throughout the country. Urgent humanitarian assistance is required as prolonged conflict continues to significantly restrict trade and disrupt normal sources of food and income. 

    • Food security outcomes have improved significantly in many areas of Sudan as recent harvests have improved access to food and income for many previously drought-affected households. However, worst-affected households and IDPs in conflict-affected South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Jebel Marra remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). As the end of the rainy season results in improvements in road access, intensified conflict is likely to result in additional internal displacement, while the number of refugees from South Sudan is expected to increase.  

    • In parts of the Eastern Horn of Africa, La Niña-like impacts are expected to result in below-average October to December 2016 rainfall, leading to below-average crop production and poorer than usual pastoral conditions in southern and central Somalia, northern and northeastern Kenya, and southern and southeastern Ethiopia. Particularly in southern Somalia and eastern Kenya, this will be the second consecutive below-average rainy season and some areas are already in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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