FEWS NET projects early onset of agricultural lean season due to impact of late 2019 flooding
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Intercommunal violence and insecurity continue to intensify humanitarian needs across eastern DRC’s Ituri, North Kivu, and Tanganyika provinces, with armed clashes displacing approximately 103,000 people in Ituri’s Djugu, Irumu, and Mahagi territories in January alone, according to the UN. In addition, attacks against civilians increased in January, the UN reports, with an attack conducted by Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) elements in North Kivu’s Beni Territory resulting in at least 36 civilian deaths on January 28.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) projects that the peak of the 2020 agricultural lean season will likely begin one month early, in March, due to the disruptions to agricultural production caused by late 2019 flooding in central and eastern DRC—threatening food security and livelihoods in affected areas.