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Msimu and Masika harvests likely to uphold household food security through September

  • Key Message Update
  • Tanzania
  • July 2016
Msimu and Masika harvests likely to uphold household food security through September

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • ​The ongoing May to August Msimu and July to August Masika harvests have upheld improved food security in Tanzania’s unimodal and bimodal areas. Maize, bean, and rice prices are about 50 to 70 percent lower than 2015 prices, except in the southern production epicenters in Geita, Mbeya, and Songea regions, where most produce is sourced and demand has remained steady. Subsequently, food security among the majority of poor households is None (IPC Phase 1) and anticipated to be sustained through September.

    • However, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food security outcomes are expected to persist for approximately 25,000 households in Arusha, Dodoma, Kagera, Lindi, Mara, Mbeya, Morogoro, Mtwara, Mwanza, and Shinyanga regions, who were affected by El Niño-related floods in early 2016. Displaced, poor households lost their field crops, livelihood assets, and labor opportunities. Development partners and the Government of Tanzania’s Emergency Disaster Relief Fund have instituted food and non-food interventions to mitigate loss impacts, which will continue since this population is not imminently food secure. 

    • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicated that as of July 9, Tanzania hosted nearly 211,000 refugees, of which 143,138 were post-April 2015 arrivals from Burundi. About 626 Burundi refugees arrived during the first week of July alone, underlining the significance that only 40 percent of the Burundian refugees’ food and non-food needs for 2016 are resourced. Approximately 13,400 refugees, who arrived after planting began in March 2016, and all future arrivals have little access to food and income and are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3!). 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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