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Spring harvest losses and reduced income affecting some poor households throughout the region

  • Food Security Outlook Update
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • January 2014
Spring harvest losses and reduced income affecting some poor households throughout the region

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Poor households in the Guatemalan highlands and southern Honduras are resorting to negative coping strategies to offset limited income and food stocks due to reduced seasonal coffee production and 2013 Primera harvest losses, resulting in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity until the 2014 Primera harvest. Households throughout the rest of the country will meet food needs through other sources of income, maintaining Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity. Any additional shock could result in a significant deterioration in food security.
    • In Central America, labor demand has declined by 16-32 percent compared to 2011/12 and coffee production is expected to likewise decline during the 2013/2014 season. With the decline of global Arabica coffee prices by almost 60 percent since the 2011 peak, producers are hiring fewer unskilled day laborers and paying lower wage rates (14-22 percent over the last year). As a result, poor households dependent on this income source are expected to see a significant decrease.
    • In Haiti, although food availability has improved and prices are declining, low labor demand reduces income opportunities and purchasing power of many households in rural areas. Some poor households will see Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food security outcomes. Some municipalities in the Northwest, the North, and Northeast have experienced sorghum, bean, and maize production losses due to an early start of the lean season in October and could see worsening conditions between March and June, resulting in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes.

    This Food Security Outlook Update provides an 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 over the next six months. Learn more here.

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