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Average agricultural season for most of eastern DRC; climatic disturbances observed in the south-east

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • January 2017
Average agricultural season for most of eastern DRC; climatic disturbances observed in the south-east

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Conflict between Luba and Twa Pygmies for two consecutive years in the territory of Nyunzu is intensifying and is affecting all six territories of the province of Tanganyika.  402,243 people have been displaced (representing 23% of the rural population) with significant impacts on household food security. 

    • The estimated average harvests of maize, rice and beans in the former Orientale province will enable poor households to build up food stocks for a few months and improve their food consumption. Consequently, this part of the country will face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity, despite the presence of 20,000 South Sudanese and Central African refugees and IDPs who will continue to face a higher level of food insecurity.

    • Spodoptera frugiperda, a caterpillar that has invaded West and Central Africa, has caused significant crop damages, particularly to maize during the growth stage. Additional challenges to production this year include cassava brown streak and cassava mosaic diseases and delayed, atypically low levels of rains in southeastern DRC. Due to these issues, the next harvests will be below average in some areas, particularly in CD08 and CD03 livelihood zones and in certain Maniema territories.

    • With the continued depreciation of the Congolese franc against the US dollar and the low season A harvests in some areas, staple food prices will continue their upward trend. These price increases will limit poor households' food access during a time of the year when more than half of their food comes from market purchases.

    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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