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Food security improves in the region, but limited areas of Crisis expected in March

  • Key Message Update
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • December 2014
Food security improves in the region, but limited areas of Crisis expected in March

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  • Key Messages
    • Food security in the region has improved due to multiple factors, including an average Postrera harvest in the region, humanitarian assistance from international organizations and governments, the beginning of the period of high labor demand, and reduction in prices of basic grains.

    • Some areas in eastern Guatemala, southern and western Honduras, northwestern Nicaragua, and coffee-producing regions of El Salvador will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) until at least March 2015, due to the completion of funded food assistance in December, below-normal food reserves after the losses incurred during the Primera season of 2014, and below-average employment opportunities.

    • Limited areas of the temperate highlands of Guatemala and southwestern Honduras will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) beginning in March 2015, due to the severe damage to Primera season production caused by the extended canícula (seasonal dry spell), and the impact of coffee rust on income since 2012.

    • Food security remains stable in Haiti in December with ongoing harvests of pigeon peas and sorghum. Below-average spring and fall agricultural production due to dryness in 2014 has led to reduced on-farm income and is expected to lead poor households to rely more than usual on other typical sources of income (charcoal production, collection of wild foods, etc.) to meet food needs. Several communes along the southern peninsula and in North-West and North-East Departments will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) beginning in January.

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    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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