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The Food Security Cluster is working closely with the established national and refugee coordination mechanisms to ensure coherent, coordinated and integrated humanitarian responses driven by the food security needs of affected populations, assessed in consultation with them.

The past six months have witnessed an unprecedented Ebola outbreak that has affected five countries in West Africa and threatens to compromise the social, political and economic fabric of the sub-Saharan African region, while also impacting the food security situation.

The Food Security Cluster/Sector Whole of Syria works through three hubs in South Turkey (Gaziantep and Antakya), Syria (Damascus) and Jordan (Amman), while also linking with key actors operating from Iraq. While each hub delivers on core cluster/sector functions, Amman is responsible for conducting the overall analysis of Needs, Response and Gaps; linking hubs on different operational and tech

The food security outlook for 2015 is of great concern, with 2.5 million* people projected to be in Crisis or Emergency from January to March 2015, nearly half in Greater Upper Nile. Severe challenges include early depletion of household food stocks, dysfunctional markets, loss of livelihoods, and displacement – all resulting from protracted conflict.

The Central African Republic is one of the poorest countries in the world, with a Human Development Index which places it in 185th place out of 187 countries (UNDP, 2013).