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Average Season B harvests despite renewed hostilities in the east of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • July 2019
Average Season B harvests despite renewed hostilities in the east of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The spread of the Ebola virus (Ebola) disease outbreak and its declaration as a global emergency is likely to undermine existing trading systems and could lead to restrictions on the movement of people and their goods. In the medium term, this situation could affect food availability in the affected areas due to the reduction in area planted. 

    • The escalation of violence by armed groups in the Fizi territory of South Kivu province since March 2019 has spread to other surrounding territories (Uvira, Mwenga, Kabambare), with 10,000 newly displaced people having abandoned their crops in this area, which is also experiencing a resurgence of measles and cholera outbreaks. This situation will likely lead to poor agricultural recovery and below-average Season A crop production.

    • Crop losses due to the presence of the mealybug or white fly locally called "Mombolenge" in the territories of Kailo, Kibombo and Pangi in the province of Maniema, as well as various small ruminant epizootic diseases, have ravaged more than 3,500 hectares of cereals, affecting some 4,800 households in the above-mentioned territories. These two shocks have exacerbated the food insecurity situation in this region, which already has nearly 54,000 displaced people.

    • Since September 2018, the territories of Djugu, Mahagi and Irumu in Ituri province have been operating in an atmosphere of acute and prolonged violence following intermittent clashes between FARDC and armed groups. These abuses have resulted in crop looting, livestock theft and destruction of community infrastructure. About 2,000 people also fled to Uganda, mainly to the towns of Ntoroko, Kisoro, Nakivale and Tchaka. This situation makes it impossible for the normal resumption of agricultural activities, and it is likely that there will be a sharp drop in agricultural production in this region at the end of the agricultural season.

    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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