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In the east, normal rainfall continues for the agricultural season

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • November 2021
In the east, normal rainfall continues for the agricultural season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Forecasts from NMME, C3S, WMO, and SARCOF models show near-average precipitation expected over most regions from October-December. As a result, agricultural activities were allowed to continue normally in the northeast and center-east regions until November, with better yields expected than in previous seasons.

    • In eastern provinces, attacks on villages by armed groups continue, causing new population displacements in the middle of ongoing crop maintenance. According to REACH, 13 percent and 17 percent of populations in South Kivu and Tanganyika were displaced in November 2021. As a result of population movements and violent conflict, these areas are expected to experience below-average harvests and low food availability.

    • As a result of the improved macroeconomic outlook, the Congolese Franc's exchange rate is stable. The Central Bank of Congo (BCC) reported that the goods and services market was stable in November 2021, with inflation at 4.1 percent, down from 14 percent in 2020. In November 2021, food prices remained stable compared to 2020 and the three-year average. Poor households in the north and central east of the country are likely to have access to food during the lean season.

    • The COVID-19 pandemic continued to improve epidemiologically in November 2021. The average number of new cases per day is estimated at 25, with 250 cases at the peak of the third wave. Despite this, the workforce remains significantly affected; according to a study in the journal Congo Challenge in November, the employment rate has decreased by as much as 50 percent since the start of the pandemic.

    • Stable areas in the northern part of the country that do not have consumption deficits due to available food stocks will be facing Minimal (IPC Phase1) until May 2022, followed by the central and southeastern areas, including the northern part of the Kasai region, will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to minimal food consumption.

    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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