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Lean season crops, wage labor and imports maintain seasonally normal food consumption levels

  • Key Message Update
  • Liberia
  • July 2016
Lean season crops, wage labor and imports maintain seasonally normal food consumption levels

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Currently, many poor households are engaged in agricultural labor work relating to the weeding of upland rice and cassava and the planting of lowland rice. Cash and in-kind income generated from these activities, coupled with wild foods (yams, mushrooms, and snails), lean season harvests (cassava, maize, cucumbers and local vegetables) and regular imports of rice from international markets are maintaining seasonally normal food consumption levels. Consequently, all areas of the country are currently in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity.

    • The 2016/17 main rice and cassava harvests will commence on time in September and October and will further improve food availability and consumption levels for most households between September 2016 and January 2017. As a result, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected to continue in all areas of the country during this time period. 

    • Certain households, however, have lost their jobs due to a contraction of Liberia’s rubber and iron ore industries due to low international prices, and reduced fishing labor contracts caused by rough seas this year. Affected households are still meeting minimal food needs by intensifying charcoal production, migration, remittances, and borrowing but are having difficulty meeting their basic non-food expenditures. These pockets of households, making up less than 20 percent of the total population in affected areas, are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) 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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