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A food security crisis continues due to the effects of residual conflict

  • Key Message Update
  • Central African Republic
  • January 2017
A food security crisis continues due to the effects of residual conflict

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Given below-average food stocks, atypically low purchasing power, and deteriorating food access, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) will continue until at least May 2017 for IDPs, returnees, poor residents, and host households in the northwest, south-west, south-east and central areas (Ouham, Ouham Pende, Nana Gribizi, Vakaga). Targeted humanitarian assistance is needed for these populations to reduce food consumption deficits.

    • The inter-communal conflict with increasingly frequent clashes continues to paralyze social stability and delay the effective resumption of economic activities in the Central African Republic. For example, in early January, three peacekeepers were killed by unidentified men in the north-west. These security issues does not provide favorable conditions for the return to their homes of 420,681 displaced persons (estimated by OCHA, as of 31 October 2016), many of whom remain dependent on humanitarian assistance.

    • Future food security outcomes remains a source for concern, particularly following the announcement in December by the World Food Programme (which provides food assistance to about 173,000 beneficiaries) that it will not be able to continue food assistance beyond January 30 due to insufficient financial resources. Already in January, WFP revised down the quantity of food that they distributed due to these limitations.

    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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