Key Message Update

Green harvests of staple food crops begin in the northeast and center-east

May 2018

May 2018

June - September 2018

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 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 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
Not mapped
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Staple foods, including maize, peanuts and pulses, from agricultural season B in the northeast and center-east of DRC are ready to harvest. Above-average rainfall in the east of the country (Tanganyika, South Kivu and North Kivu) has caused flooding and landslides that in some areas blocked roads and disrupted agriculture. As a result, it is expected that agricultural production may be below normal in these affected areas.

  • In ex-Katanga, the usual increase in prices for staple goods, particularly maize flour, that occurs every first trimester of the year was averted this year due to the flow of imported food from Zambia that has supplied markets in Katanga and the Kasai region. This situation has negatively affected local producers, who normally sell at higher prices this time of year, but who are receiving lower prices for their production this year because of the higher than normal supply in the markets.

  • At the same time, prices for cassava flour have decreased 6 and 50 percent respectively in Bukavu and Lubumbashi markets. On the other hand, in Kalemie where flooding has affected the ability of farmers to dry cassava, prices for cassava flour remains high, rising by 43 percent from April to May. Markets in Kabalo and Uvira are also experiencing similar trends in prices.

  • The continuing activity of armed groups, especially ADF/NALU in Beni and Luburo territories in North Kivu, and the response by FARDC that has begun military operations in this area, has created an unprecedented environment of widespread insecurity. This situation that is taking place amid the main activities of the 2018 agricultural Season A will have negative effects on the overall level of agricultural production in this normally surplus producing area for staple crops.

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 some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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