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Harvests in season A improve household food consumption in the east of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • January 2021
Harvests in season A improve household food consumption in the east of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been facing a new wave of COVID-19 contaminations for the past two months and an increase in the number of cases estimated at 62% compared to the previous month (Ministry of Health). Consequently, there is reason to fear that measures will be tightened which would make informal cross-border trade even more difficult, affecting poor and very poor households.

    • Since mid-December 2020, the harvest of season A has been ongoing for the main food crops in the north-eastern and central-eastern parts of the country. Despite the low participation of households in this agricultural season A due to insecurity and COVID-19 restrictions, the present harvests should somewhat improve the food situation of households in the affected areas in the east in the next two months. .

    • According to the UNHCR in January 2020, the massive arrival of Central African refugees on Congolese soil estimated to about 60,000 people in the province of Oubangui, in the far north-west of the country, following the post-election violence in the Central African Republic will once again weaken the humanitarian situation in the northern area where Central African refugees are already present and suffering the socioeconomic impact of COVID 19. Immediate humanitarian assistance is required to meet the acute needs of these populations in displacement, in addition to the assistance already provided by various organizations.

    • Throughout the eastern part of the country, the crisis areas located in Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika will remain in crisis (IPC Phase 3) due to the continuation of conflicts and the level of production estimated to be still below normal. The center-east of the country, less disturbed by insecurity and which have started a more or less normal agricultural season, will be in a Stress situation (IPC phase 2), namely the provinces of Sankuru, Maniema and the Kasai region. The northern areas in their relative stability will remain in a minimal situation (IPC Phase 1).

    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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