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Food access is limited by persistant intercommunal tensions

  • Key Message Update
  • Central African Republic
  • November 2016
Food access is limited by persistant intercommunal tensions

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Intercommunal tensions continue to disrupt food access and access to the main livelihoods of displaced households that OCHA estimated at 384,884 people on September 30th. A lean season that is earlier than normal by one to two months and is more difficult than usual is expected for the majority of households.

    • Gardening activities are in the stages of land preparation and seed distribution to poor households in conflict-affected areas. Nevertheless, delays in off-season seed distribution have been observed with only 7600 households of the 25,000 anticipated households being reached, resulting in expectations of reduced land planted and production.

    • According to the mVAM survey in September 2016, market functioning remains disrupted due to the deterioration of roads, increased transportation costs, and the irregularity of internal and cross-border trade flows. Food shortages have been observed in some markets like Zemio (Haut-Mbomou) and Bambari (Ouaka) with volatile and above-average prices that are causing poor purchasing powers for producer households.

    • Despite the improved food availabilities given the October and November harvests, the majority of households in conflict-affected zones of the northwest, southeast, and central-north (Ouham, Ouham Pende, Nana Gribizi, Vakaga) are facing below-average stocks and poor, atypical purchasing power. Observed and expected consumption deficits are contributing to acute food insecurity outcomes of Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until the end of May 2017.

       

      For more information, see the Remote Monitoring Update of October 2016 to May 2017.

    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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