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FAO: 27.3 million people are food insecure in Congo due to conflict

A report issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) confirmed that about 27.3 million (28 percent of the total population) people were severely food insecure in the first half of 2021, the highest level ever as food production in 2021 was affected by the conflict Displacement and Restrictive Measures of COVID-19.

Heavy rains in mid-April also caused local floods, which led to some damage to existing crops, and increased violence in eastern provinces, along with the eruption of Nyiragongo volcano, caused new displacements of people, which led to local disruption of agricultural operations , including the 2021 secondary season maize harvest, land preparation for the main seasonal maize crops for 2021, and the planting of maize crops, currently underway, in the southernmost mono-rain areas.

The ongoing conflict and displacement, along with restrictive measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to continue to affect agricultural activities and limit farmers' access to cropping areas and inputs, with a negative impact on crop production in 2021.