Key Message Update

Floods and conflict negatively impact current harvests in some localities

November 2020

November 2020 - January 2021

February - May 2021

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

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

Key Messages

  • Flooding recorded in August and September in Ndélé, Alindao, Birao, Bambari, and Bimbo sous-prefectures, and the heavy rainfall in October in Boali, Moungoumba, Zinga, and Obo led to the destruction of homes and crop losses. These floods destroyed crops and reduced food access in areas where access has already been reduced due to insecurity. In October, the assistance planned by WFP should reach at least 67 percent of the population in the prefectures of Bamingui-Bangoran and Haut-Mbomou and improve acute food insecurity. As a result, Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes are expected temporarily. Although, in Mbomou prefecture, many internally displaced people and poor host households remain exposed to acute food insecurity and are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

  • Food supplies have also strengthened in the markets with the harvest underway. This favors a slight drop in the prices of local products compared to the previous month. Likewise, compared to last year at the same period, the prices of the main staple foods, maize, and cassava, are 23 percent and 10 percent below last year, respectively. On the other hand, sorghum, which is expected to be harvested in the coming months, prices are overall 44 percent above last year. The improvement in the security situation on the Bangui-Douala axis and the easing of health control measures at the borders of COVID-19 have favored a return to regular weekly flows with Cameroon. However, the deterioration of the road network and illegal taxes continue to keep transport costs high, reflected in the price of imported rice, which generally remains twice as high as last year.

  • Although the number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 disease have declined significantly over the past three months, socioeconomic activities are still slow in major cities where bars still remain closed, and transport prices remain high. Due to declining employment opportunities and incomes, coupled with rising prices of imported products, they continue to negatively affect household purchasing power.

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 approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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