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Depletion of stocks mark the beginning of the lean season

  • Key Message Update
  • Guatemala
  • January 2019
Depletion of stocks mark the beginning of the lean season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The poorest households in the eastern and western dry corridor that lost their crops during the prolonged seasonal dry spell and whose main income comes from the coffee sector, are facing Stressed (Phase 2, CIF) food security. Some of these households that have exhausted their food reserves and depend on the market, have begun to use negative strategies to ensure a basic diet and are classified in Crisis (Phase 3, CIF).

    • The temporary increase in the demand for unskilled labor, the recent harvests of basic grains, and the subsequent stability of prices thanks to the increase in availability in the market, will allow the poorest households in the rest of the country to be classified in Minimal food insecurity (Phase 1, CIF).

    • The probability of the development of El Niño conditions for the March-April season could cause an irregularity in the rainfall and affect the start of the Primera sowings.

    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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