Key Message Update

Limited transportation and high costs hinder food access

September 2020

September 2020

Gran parte del país está en fase 1! y el corredor seco y otras partes se encuentran en fase 2! gracias a la asistencia humanitaria

October 2020 - January 2021

La mayoría del país está en fase 2 y el corredor seco en fase 3

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
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 v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
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 v3.0 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 v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
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

  • Primera's staple grain crops have begun to flow into the markets, marking the seasonal decline in prices. Despite a better supply and extended market opening hours, access continues to be reduced due to transport difficulties, the cost of which has doubled or tripled due to distancing measures. According to the consumer price index for August, the transportation and food categories show the highest increases.

  • Government assistance programs continue to lag behind in their implementation. The Bono Familia, which has more urban coverage, was reactivated in August after a two-month halt. The second distribution of Q1,000 has already reached 78 percent of 2.6 million beneficiaries. The third distribution, scheduled for October, is expected for a lower amount. The Food Support program targeting 1 million poor urban and rural households is progressing slowly and will be completed in November.

  • As of September 17, the COVID alert board indicates that 165 municipalities are on red alert, 101 in orange and only 74 in yellow. Despite this, the land, air and sea borders opened on September 18. The gradual reopening has allowed economic reactivation in most sectors, although it has not reached pre-pandemic levels. The loss of sources of income due to definitive closures and distancing measures influence the recovery.

  • The Ministry of Health and the Secretary of Food and Nutritional Security, with the support of various NGOs and international cooperation, began actively searching for cases of acute malnutrition in August. Preliminary results show that the prevalence is at levels considered similar from the last national maternal and child health survey.

  • Government assistance programs allow the majority of households to be classified in food security (Phase 1! CIF) and food insecurity in Stress and (Phase 2 !, CIF) until October. As of October, when the assistance ends and despite the offer of temporary employment, debts, food and transportation costs, and the continuous adjustment of the quantity and quality of the food diet, it will cause a relapse to insecurity in Stress (Phase 2, CIF) and Crisis (Phase 3 CIF), particularly in the dry corridor.

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 approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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Link to United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Link to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) FEWS NET Data PortalLink to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Link to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth ObservatoryLink to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, Climage Prediction CenterLink to the Climate Hazards Center - UC Santa BarbaraLink to KimetricaLink to Chemonics