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Significant population movements in Ituri at the start of the lean season

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • March 2022
Significant population movements in Ituri at the start of the lean season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In the south-east, the agricultural season was marked by delayed and erratic rainfall which delayed crop maturation, resulting in below-average production for the agricultural season. This situation will likely lead to below-normal harvests and maintain dependence on imports.

    • Despite the continued imposition of martial law in North Kivu and Ituri, there is a 37 percent increase in militia attacks against civilian populations compared to the same time last year. These attacks are characterized by fires to houses, attacks on IDP sites and hostage-taking. These disruptions have delayed the start of agricultural season B and will likely reduce household participation in the agricultural season, impacting the next harvest.

    • Since the beginning of March 2022, there has been an overall increase in the prices of products on the international market, such as fuel and wheat flour. In the DRC, this atypical increase is observed on imported maize flour, the price of which has increased by 14 percent compared to the average of the last three months. This increase is also attributable to the increase in the cost of transport. We can expect a decline in purchasing power if the current upward trend continues.

    • In March, the northeastern and central-eastern areas, which are generally stable and not showing any consumption deficits, are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1). On the other hand, a good part of the center-east (Sankuru, Maniema and part of South Kivu) with minimally adequate food consumption are in a Stressed situation (IPC Phase 2), except the provinces of Tanganyika, South du Kasaï (Kamonia) and Kasaï-Central (Luiza) which are experiencing a food consumption deficit and remain in a Crisis situation (IPC Phase 3). In addition, the provinces of Ituri and North Kivu are also in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

    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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