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Regional food security situation and outlook - Central & Eastern Africa, December 2011

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From drought to floods — climate variability still impacting on vulnerable pastoral and agricultural communities.

The Eastern sector of the region has suddenly shifted from experi-encing severe drought to floods. This feature is a constant and urgent reminder of climate variability impacting on the most vulnerable pastoral and marginal agricultural communities.

The December rains have improved water and browse availability overall in the region. Labour opportunities continue to improve in the cropping areas thereby increasing household incomes. How-ever, food security remains at crisis levels among the poor and very poor owing to high food prices and constrained humanitar-ian response due to poor roads and insecurity in some areas.