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Normal start of agricultural season B with the exception of areas affected by conflict

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • March 2017
Normal start of agricultural season B with the exception of areas affected by conflict

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The normal start of rains in livelihood zones 8 and 3 and the provinces of Maniema, that had experienced late and poor rains during agricultural season A, which resulted in below- average harvests, allowed households in these zones to begin agricultural season B with the exception of some pockets of conflict in the southeast where households are displaced. 

    • The resurgence of violence in the Kasai following clashes between government forces and Kamwena Nsapu’s militia, since August 2016, continues to exacerbate the displacement of populations. With more than 200,000 persons displaced (OCHA), agricultural season B activities will be disrupted due to limited household access to their livelihoods, which will lead to below-average harvests and poor availability of food in the area. 

    • The increase in the number of outbreaks of avian influenza in neighboring Uganda which increased from one household in January to 25 households in late February, continues to cause concern to livestock farmers in neighboring regions. Despite the ban on chicken imports into DRC from Uganda, the proximity of the border and the intense trade between the two countries will make the disease a continued threat.

    • As a result of the ethnic conflict between the Twa and the Luba in Tanganyika, more than 20 percent of the rural population of the province could not normally start agricultural season B 2017. This situation will result in lower than average production, which will further accentuate the vulnerability of displaced households with limited access to their livelihoods. 

    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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