Key Message Update

Limited access to and consumption of staple foods for poor and displaced households

March 2017

March - May 2017

Central African Republic March 2017 Food Security Projections for March to May

June - September 2017

Central African Republic March 2017 Food Security Projections for June to September

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
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.

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 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
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Various security incidents continue and complicate the return of displaced households to their areas of origin. According to OCHA, in January 2017 411,785 people were internally displaced and unable to meet essential needs were it not for humanitarian assistance. In most of these households, it is not unusual to observe strong dependence on coping strategies, including begging and skipping meals. For households returning to their area of origin, socio-economic reintegration remains a major challenge as they have lost typical access to their livelihoods.

  • According to January 2017 mVAM results, local commodity prices increased from November 2016 to January 2017, up 23 percent for cassava in Bambari, and up 63 percent for maize and 20 percent for palm oil in Bouar due to trade and movement restrictions. This limits access to food for poor households. However, there was a decline noted in the price of rice following a more normal seasonal trend with a price decrease of 33 percent in Bangui over the same period.

  • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity is expected to continue for IDPs, returnees, many poor resident households, and host households in northwest, south-west, south-east and central regions (Ouham, Ouham Pende, Nana Gribizi, Vakaga, Ouaka) until September 2017 due to the persistence of the security crisis and its effects on the normal functioning of markets and main sources of income and food. In these areas, humanitarian assistance should be maintained to prevent high rates of malnutrition. According to the results of the ENSA national food security assessment conducted in October 2016, the majority of food insecure households were found in Haut Mbomou, Ouham, Ouaka, Lobaye and Basse Kotto prefectures.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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