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The food security situation for the majority of rural households across the country is stable. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected between September and December throughout the country, including semi-arid areas where by this time of the year poor households would have exhausted their food reserves. Because of satisfactory crop production this year, food still available at the household level in the semi-arid areas and the rest of the country.
Generally the food prices from July to August in the monitored markets were consistent with the seasonal trends, with maize grain prices starting to increase in some markets and remaining stable in other markets. Cowpea prices remained stable or decreased, as is typical. Imported and locally produced rice prices remained stable and at same level as the five-year average and last year’s levels.
The 2014/15 seasonal forecast released by the National Institute of Meteorology (INAM) indicates that during the October to December period, the bulk of the country will receive near-normal to above-normal rainfall, except for the northeastern portion (Cabo Delgado Province), which is expecting near normal to below normal rains. In the second half of the season (January- March) there are increased chances for near normal to above normal rainfall in most of the country.
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.