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Key Message Update

Commodity shortages and sharp price hikes likely to increase food insecure population

October 2018

October 2018 - January 2019

Projected food security outcomes, October 2018 – February 2019.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
National Parks/Reserves
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Most poor households in deficit-producing areas in the south, west, and extreme north are experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes as the 2018-19 lean season intensifies. This is due to depleted own-produced food stocks, macroeconomic hardships, and increasing staple cereal and other food prices. In typical surplus-producing areas in the north and other parts of the country, mostly Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are being experienced, though some households will be experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. A worsening economic situation will likely result in some middle and better-off households also experiencing food access challenges, thereby increasing the food insecure population.

  • Following the implementation of new monetary and fiscal policies in early October, commodity prices increased sharply and many wholesalers, supermarkets, and other retail outlets faced acute shortages of cooking oil, sugar, flour, and bread, affecting poor household food access. Most basic food commodities are only available on the black market.

  • Until recently, prices of maize grain have largely been stable, but this month prices on informal markets increased partly due to the usual seasonal decline in supplies and increasing demand. Average October maize grain prices in FEWS NET  sentinel markets increased by 15 percent within the last month and are 31 percent higher than the same time last year. Likewise, average October maize meal prices increased by 12 percent in the last month and are 18 percent higher than the same time last year.

  • High prices and commodity shortages will increasingly affect key livelihoods and coping strategies for poor households, including casual labor, petty trading, construction, and remittances among others. In-kind payments for casual labor will be significantly reduced, or where practiced, the terms of trade will be highly unfavorable for poor households. Some poor farmers will experience challenges accessing crop inputs when preparing for the 2018-19 production season because of the high prices and scarcity.

  • Commodity shortages and high prices impacted the start of cash-based and mixed modalities for the 2018-19 lean season humanitarian assistance. WFP and partners have started lean season assistance in ten districts this month and because of the macroeconomic challenges, in-kind assistance is being distributed to 184,000 people instead of cash or the combination of in-kind and cash.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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