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Income from planting labor increasing food access

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Tanzania
  • November 2015
Income from planting labor increasing food access

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • 2015 maize production in both bimodal and unimodal surplus-producing areas was below average. With less production this year and with stocks from previous years being drawn down, maize prices increased by between four and 20 percent from September to October. The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) has been selling maize to millers in deficit areas since May, helping to hold down prices those areas. 

    • As a result of political instability in Burundi, many people continue to leave Burundi for Tanzania. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), from April 30 to November 27, approximately 113,124 refugees and asylum-seekers from Burundi were registered in Tanzania. This population is likely to remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) even with continued humanitarian assistance. 

    • Poor households in the Rift Valley currently are Stressed (IPC Phase 2). Households are earning income from land preparation for Msimu crops, but an outbreak of Newcastle disease in September/October killed a large number of chickens, reducing income from chicken and egg sales. Poor households are expected to move into None (IPC Phase 1) at the start of the Msimu harvest in April/May 2016. 

    • Ongoing, above-average rainfall around Lake Victoria has slowed the development of Vuli beans. If above-average rainfall continues through the end of November, up to two fifths of the beans will not reach maturity due to rotting, plant diseases, waterlogging, and other factors. This would lower bean supply and subsequently lead to higher bean prices in these and central areas of Tanzania starting in March, when bean prices typically decrease. 

      For more detailed analysis, see the Remote Monitoring Update for October.


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