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Seasonally normal livelihood activities and food access expected through at least May 2017

  • Key Message Update
  • Liberia
  • January 2017
Seasonally normal livelihood activities and food access expected through at least May 2017

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The dry season is improving agriculture wage labor and in-kind payment opportunities for land preparations for the 2017/18 main season as well as planting of off-season crops (corn, melons, peanuts and local vegetables) in low lying areas. Additionally, coastal fishing, cassava and fish processing, as well as production of charcoal, firewood, fishing baskets and bamboo are generating income for poor households, allowing them to maintain seasonally normal food access from January through May 2017.

    • Livelihood opportunities around construction contract labor, transport, and petty trade are also expected to increase during the dry season.  The sale of cassava (gari and fufu), palm oil, fish, plantain/banana, corn, pumpkins and local vegetables will improve trade activity and food access.  This, along with availability of wild foods such as palm nuts, yams, fruits, mushrooms and snails, as well as food imports will allow households to remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through May 2017.

    • Consistent depreciation of the Liberian dollar and increasing transportation, fuel and imported food prices are likely to reduce purchasing power for poor households, particularly those involved in rubber and iron ore production. Income from rubber and iron ore production continues to be below-average as international prices remain low. Poor households, making up less than 20 percent of the population, in Bong, Bomi, Margibi, Monsterrado, Maryland, Grand Gedeh and Nimba Counties are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity.

    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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