Key Message Update

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

January 2021

January 2021

Le Bas-Uele, le Haut-Uele et le Tshopo sont en phase 1. Une partie de l'Ituri, du Sud-Kivu, du Nord-Kivu et du Tanganyika sont en phase 3 et le reste du pays en phase 2

February - May 2021

Le Bas-Uele, le Haut-Uele et le Tshopo sont en phase 1. Une partie de l'Ituri, du Sud-Kivu, du Nord-Kivu et du Tanganyika sont en phase 3 et le reste du pays en phase 2

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
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 only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
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 only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

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
Not mapped
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

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).

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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