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Increase in population in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in Rutshuru during the peak of the lean season

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • November 2023
Increase in population in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in Rutshuru during the peak of the lean season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In the bimodal north-eastern and central-eastern parts of the country, the current lean season will continue until mid-December, during which the below average household stocks from agricultural season B are being depleted. Food availability will also remain low, especially in conflict zones where access to fields and markets remains difficult in some areas. Households in conflict-affected areas are experiencing food consumption deficits following the early exhaustion of seasonal stocks. These areas will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). The central-eastern region and part of the south-east, where households had a relatively normal agricultural season, remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2). The northern forest areas (Tshopo, Haut-Uele and Bas-Uele), where there  are no food consumption deficits, are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1).
    • According to recent rainfall data, the delayed rains observed at the start of the agricultural season in the central-eastern and south-eastern parts of the country from October to November 2023 have reduced the performance of food crops in these areas. Prolonged below-average rainfall was noted in the northeast, particularly in parts of Ituri and Haut-Uele. In the rest of the country, rainfall improved throughout the season. As a result, yields could be expected to be lower than in the previous season, given the below-average rainfall that has continued over the past few months.
    • The resumption of fighting between government forces and M23 rebels in North Kivu since October 2023 has led to a rapid deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation, with serious consequences for the civilian population. According to the Red Cross, nearly 450,000 people have been newly displaced, however, reduced access constrains the humanitarian response. With the imminent departure of EAC troops and the arrival of SADEC troops, the situation could deteriorate further, with an increase in the number of people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4).
    • The exchange rate has remained relatively stable due to the improved macroeconomic outlook, which has facilitated price stability for the main food products despite small seasonal variations. However, staple food prices on all the markets monitored remained above average compared with the same period last year and the five-year average. Fuel prices, on the other hand, rose by an average of 12 percent during the month of October in the eastern zone. This situation could lead to a rise in the prices of the main products, impacting on the incomes of poor households.

    Recommended citation: FEWS NET. Democratic Republic of Congo Key Message Update November 2023: Increase in population in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in Rutshuru during the peak of the lean season, 2023.

    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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