Key Message Update

Maize prices rising in the southeast as a result of the regional deficit

September 2019

September 2019

Carte de la Sécurité alimentaire courante, Juin 2019: Minimal (IPhase 1 de l'IPC) dans le nord, Stresse (Phase 2 de l'IPC) dans le plupart de l'est, (IPC Phase 3) dans partis de Nord Kivu, Sud Kivu, Ituri, des Kasais, et Haut Katanga, Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) dans partis des Kasais

October 2019 - January 2020

Carrte de la Sécurité alimentaire courante, Juin 2019: Minimal (IPhase 1 de l'IPC) dans le nord, Stresse (Phase 2 de l'IPC) dans le plupart de l'est, Stresse (IPC Phase 2!) dans partis des Kasais, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) dans partis de Nord Kivu, Ituri, des Kasais

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners. FEWS NET only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Not mapped
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners. FEWS NET only maps the Eastern half of DRC.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
Not mapped
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Since mid-August 2019, the former province of Katanga has experienced a significant increase in the price of maize flour following the restriction of imports from Zambia, on which the region normally depends for almost 70 percent of their maize needs. The price of a bag of maize flour almost doubled in September, with a variation of 125 percent. This alarming situation affects thousands of households who will have very limited access to this staple food. 

  • The ongoing cycle of violence in Ituri could slow the return of displaced households during this crucial planting period for agricultural activities, particularly in the territories of Djugu and Irumu. By the end of the season, harvests are expected to be well below average, leading to a deterioration in household food consumption in this area, which has seen nearly 360,000 people displaced since May 2019.

  • The presence of some 45,000 South Sudanese refugees, (nearly 9,000 households in Biringi, Merry and Doruma), invested in agriculture with the support of UNHCR and partners in the territories of Aru and Faradje, respectively in Ituri and Haut-Uele, will in the medium term constitute a major asset in providing this area with staple foods, particularly rice, beans, cassava and maize. It is expected that there will be atypically high availability in this deficit area due to this presence.

  • The epidemiological situation of the Ebola Virus disease remains worrying. As of 23 September 2019, a total of 3,168 registered cases had been reported at the national level. However, since the community's effective involvement in response activities, the epidemic seems to have been under control in the epicentric areas of Beni and Butembo. The city of Goma has not seen any new cases for more than two months. This status is reassuring for neighboring countries that have reduced their threats of border closures, which would have had serious consequences on food security in eastern DRC.

About FEWS NET

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