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Normal start of agricultural season B in the north-eastern and central-eastern areas of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • March 2020
Normal start of agricultural season B in the north-eastern and central-eastern areas of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Agricultural season B activities have resumed normally in the northeast and east-central areas of the country, helped by normal rainfall that is predicted by NOAA to continue normally between March and May 2020. Planting will be on time for the main food crops including maize, groundnuts and beans. The south-eastern zone is currently starting its main cropping season of the year. Harvests are expected to be average in except in the current conflict areas.

    • Like the northeastern provinces of the country, Maniema province has experienced an escalation of violence since February 2020, following clashes between FARDC and various armed groups, which resulted in the displacement of nearly 47,000 people in the territories of Kabambare and Kasongo, in the middle of the agricultural season A harvest. This situation will likely make conditions difficult for people displaced by this violence who will not be able to start agricultural season B.

    • The COVID-19 pandemic continues and the number of confirmed cases for the DRC stands at 98 as of March 30, according to WHO. In response to the many cases in the country and fears of further spread, the DRC government has suspended many international flights, closed schools, and banned gatherings of more than 20 people. There has been no significant change in poor households' access to food and income to date. FEWS NET continues to monitor the situation closely, including whether any movement restrictions would negatively impact the ability of households to engage in agricultural season B.

    • In this month of March, which marks the beginning of the lean season in the north-east and central-east of the country, after a slightly below-average agricultural season, the provinces in conflict (Ituri, North Kivu, South Kivu, and Tanganyika) will  be in Crisis (Crisis IPC Phase 3) while the rest of the provinces will be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), with the exception of the northern provinces, which are almost stable and remain in Minimal (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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