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Rising market supplies and stable prices maintain normal food accessibility

  • Key Message Update
  • Liberia
  • March 2016
Rising market supplies and stable prices maintain normal food accessibility

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  • Key Messages
    • Due to off-season harvests of local vegetables, corn, and cassava, and ongoing fishing activities, these products are becoming increasingly available on markets with this trend expected to continue through June. In addition to improving food availability, the sale of these products will increase incomes for many farming households. Additionally, many poor agricultural laborers are finding opportunities brushing, clearing, and preparing lands for upcoming planting activities relating to the main 2016 agricultural season.  

    • In addition to locally produced products, the good availability of imported rice on local markets has kept prices stable and at below-average levels. These favorable prices, along with business levels that are slowing returning to pre-EVD crisis levels, will increase food accessibility for poor households during the scenario period. As a result, all areas will be in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity between March and September 2016.  

    • However, additional workers in the rubber industry lost their jobs this month due to the continued crisis affecting this industry, caused by low international prices. Rubber tapping households who have recently lost their jobs are currently relying on coping strategies, such as migration, to minimally meet their food needs but to the detriment of their dietary diversity and essential nonfood expenditures. These households, making up less than 20 percent of the total population in all counties, will be in Stress (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity through September.  

      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for February – September 2016.

    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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