Key Message Update

Food security remains stable with off season harvests and income earning activities

March 2017

March - May 2017

Sierra Leone March 2017 Food Security Projections for March to May

June - September 2017

Sierra Leone March 2017 Food Security Projections for June to September

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

  • Water availability across the country during the off season (February and March) is supporting above-average off season staple food and vegetable (okra, garden eggs, onions, lettuce, spring onions and leafy vegetables) production. Typical levels of food availability and access are allowing most households in Sierra Leone to maintain typical access to food.

  • Market functioning and trade flows continue to improve normally across the country with the availability of harvests. Market stocks of both imported and local food commodities continue at generally typical levels. However stocks for local rice are somewhat below average due to below-average upland rice production last season in some parts of the country. Main palm fruit harvesting and processing has started at a seasonally low level gradually reducing the price of palm oil.

  • Normal household income through agricultural labor (land preparation for 2017/18 main upland production, processing of gari and palm oil), petty trade and sale of cocoa, coffee and cashew nuts is maintaining household purchasing power across the country. Most areas throughout Sierra Leone are expected to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through September 2017.

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.
Learn more About Us.

Link to United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Link to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) FEWS NET Data PortalLink to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Link to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth ObservatoryLink to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, Climage Prediction CenterLink to the Climate Hazards Center - UC Santa BarbaraLink to KimetricaLink to Chemonics