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At the start of the rainy season A, precipitation is expected to be below average.

  • Key Message Update
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • September 2023
At the start of the rainy season A, precipitation is expected to be below average.

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The resumption of the agricultural season in September in the north-east and central-east of the country is taking place thanks to the timely start of rains, though below-average, which have favored the sowing of the main food crops (maize, beans and groundnuts). An increase in participation in the agricultural season by returnee households is being observed, particularly in Rutshuru, which has seen a fairly high level of returns to the area. According to OCHA, from April to September 2023, 50,000 displaced people have returned to Kiwanja/Rutshuru as a result of the relative calm observed in the area. Increased agricultural participation is therefore expected.

    • Conflict continued in eastern DRC, with a multitude of local and foreign armed groups operating in five provinces. In Ituri, clashes continue between the FARDC and CODECO, while in North Kivu, joint UPDF-FARDC operations against the ADF rebels continue. Meanwhile, in South Kivu, the Burundian army has recently reinforced its troops to launch offensives against armed groups operating in the Uvira and Fizi territories. This situation is exacerbating population movements during the harvest season. According to OCHA, some 673,160 people have been displaced in South Kivu over the past 3 months. Households are therefore expected to be less involved in agricultural activities.

    • Staple food prices on all monitored markets remained on the rise compared with the same period last year and the five-year average. However, prices have remained stable over the last three months, with an average variation of 2.5 percent, which is justified by the performance of the local currency (CDF), which is holding up well, with the monthly inflation rate falling from 5.8 percent in July to 0.9 percent in August 2023, according to the Monetary Policy Committee (CMP). This is likely to improve household food access at the start of the lean season.

    • At the start of the lean season, when households' low stocks from the previous season are depleting, food availability will also remain low, especially in conflict-affected areas, where access remains difficult in some areas. Households in conflict-affected areas, which have food consumption gaps following the early depletion of seasonal stocks, will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). The central-eastern region and part of the south-east, where households have had a relatively full and productive season, remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2). The northern forest areas (Tshopo, Haut-Uele and Bas-Uele), where there is no food consumption deficit, are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1).

    Recommended citation: FEWS NET. Democratic Republic of Congo Key Message Update September 2023: At the start of the rainy season A, precipitation is expected to be below average., 2023.

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