MEDITATION OF WEEK
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Overall food security situation continues to deteriorate, with 6.45 million individuals estimated to be food insecure between February and April 2019
Erratic rains at start of 2019 cropping season affected germination of early planted crops
Cereal production in 2018 estimated at record low levels due to widespread insecurity and poor seasonal rains
High food prices constraining access to food for large segments of population
Already dire food security situation continues to deteriorate
Food availability and access continue to be severely constrained by the widespread and protracted conflict, large-scale displacements, high food prices, market disruptions, macro‑economic collapse and exhaustion of households’ coping mechanisms.
Since the start of the conflict in mid‑December 2013, about 1.87 million individuals were internally displaced and 2.28 million sought refuge in neighbouring countries (Uganda, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Kenya) due to widespread insecurity and violence. Following some localized security improvements in 2018, the refugee caseload declined by about 10 percent in the last quarter of the year, decreasing for the first time since the start of the conflict in 2013.
Favour international dialogue channels and actions to prevent violence and provide humanitarian assistance.