Rising cereal prices and civil insecurity limit food access
• Recent conflict has triggered a wave of population displacements and losses to household livelihood assets. This has resulted in heightened levels of food insecurity throughout the country. Central African Republic is currently facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity outcomes, which will likely decline to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) levels starting in March.
• Despite a cease-fire, there is continuing civil insecurity accompanied by acts of looting and crime in areas occupied by the rebel coalition SELEKA. This has reduced both food and seed reserves and has disrupted markets. Given below-average levels of seed stocks, the outlook for the 2013 cropping year in conflict-affected areas is not looking favorable.
• In general, cereal prices are about 30 percent above the five-year average due to low market supplies. These elevated price levels are reducing food access for poor and very poor households.