Key Message Update

Off-season harvests and normal livelihood activities maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity across most of the country

April 2017

April - May 2017

Liberia April 2017 Food Security Projections for April to May

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Cultivation of main season crops and rice have normally began by this time, but this season they are slightly delayed in the southeastern and northwestern regions due to high temperatures and dryness. Farmers in other areas are expecting the elevated temperatures and dry conditions to continue into May/June. In contrast, early and heavy rains in the northern and central regions have disrupted farmers clearing sites for planting. Despite the heavy rains, some farmers have begun planting rice in the coastal areas.

  • Food availability continues to be normal for this time of the year as households access and consume off-season harvests of tubers, corn, and vegetable, while also participating in the collection of palm nuts, snails, mushrooms, and fishing activities. With steady imported rice prices, declining palm oil prices, and normal livelihood activities, most areas will face Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through May. 

  • However, some day laborers in the charcoal, rubber, and mining industries will be unable to afford some essential non-food items, including transportation and fuel, because of the depreciation in the Liberian Dollar. This depreciation has reduced purchasing power for some poor households and Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food security outcomes are expected in these areas through May.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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