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Deterioration of food security in Honduras and Nicaragua

  • Key Message Update
  • El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua
  • September 2019
Deterioration of food security in Honduras and Nicaragua

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Irregular rainfall and above-average temperatures during July and August affected areas of agricultural production (subsistence, surplus and commercial), mainly in eastern and southern Honduras and in central-northern Nicaragua, causing significant losses in the Primera maize harvest.

    • In the areas of subsistence agriculture, crop losses are considered greater than 85%, mainly concentrated in the municipalities of southern El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, La Paz, Valle and northern Choluteca in Honduras; and in the municipalities of the dry corridor of western Nueva Segovia, Jinotega, Matagalpa, northern Chinandega, in Estelí and Madriz in Nicaragua.

    • The deficit and the delay of the rains during the first half of September could cause damages in the plantings of Postrera, reducing the supply of grains for the national demand, leading to increases of prices of maize and beans in the markets of the region during the first quarter of 2020.

    • Vulnerable families in regions of subsistence agriculture and rural workers will depend on the market for their food. Income from their workforce will be very scarce, and they must apply adaptation strategies such as money or grain borrowing and work for food, as well as migrating to urban centers.

    • Vulnerable households in the region will find themselves in stress (IPC Phase 2), due to deterioration in livelihoods that will limit their access to basic non-food needs. However, in more limited proportions, the poorest households in communities affected by lack of production and without other food alternatives and using negative adaptation strategies will be in Crisis Acute Food Insecurity (IPC Phase 3), mainly in Honduras and Nicaragua .

    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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