Key Message Update

Seasonally good food availability and access maintaining Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity

March 2017

March - May 2017

Liberia March 2017 Food Security Projections for March to May

June - September 2017

Liberia 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

  • A normal start for cultivation of main season rice and cassava is expected across the country in April/May as preparations continue normally. Most farmers are clearing sites for planting, and local and international forecasts call for adequate rainfall during most of the planting period in April through June. Heavy and early rainfall has already been noted in Southeastern Region and in Lofa.

  • Food availability is expected to remain typical with the expectedly average level of imports, recent rice and cassava harvest stocks, ongoing harvests of off-season tubers, vegetables, palm oil and fruits, and fishing and wild collection of snails, mushroom and palm nuts. These sources, along with casual labor incomes, are expected to maintain seasonally average food access and consumption levels in most households, with Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes expected.  

  • However, even with the recent harvest, rising market prices attributed to the depreciation in the Liberian Dollar are reducing food purchasing power for some poor households, day laborers in particular. Prices of cassava and palm oil in Monrovia increased significantly in February, as did prices for imported rice and palm oil in the Southeastern Region and Gbarpolu County, where per reports, the average price of a gallon of gasoline exceeded last year’s price by nearly 50 percent.

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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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