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Reduced fish availability and consumption along coastal areas due to atypically rough seas

  • Key Message Update
  • Liberia
  • May 2016
Reduced fish availability and consumption along coastal areas due to atypically rough seas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Across the country, planting activities for rice, peanuts, beans and cassava for the main season are ongoing, while other food crops (corn, cassava, palm nuts/oil, plantains, vegetables, and fruits) remain adequately available from off-season harvests. Though the lean season is expected to begin in June, cassava harvests in July and August and continued rice imports will support food access during this time period. Consequently, most households will maintain seasonally normal food consumption levels, in line with Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity, through at least September 2016.

    • Atypically strong winds and waves over the Atlantic Ocean have disrupted fishing activities along coastal areas. This in turn has reduced the availability and consumption of fish compared to last year and normal levels. Labor contracts and/or in-kind payments on fishing boats have also almost stopped and firewood sales relating to fish drying activities have been reduced. While most affected households are still meeting basic food needs by intensifying other activities, a small number of households (making up less than 20 percent of the total population) are still facing difficulties meeting their basic non-food expenditures and are expected to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between June and September 2016. 

    • International rubber prices improved during the past three months, though they remain below previous year’s levels. This is reducing rubber operations and associated incomes in many areas, especially in Bomi, Margibi, Bong, Nimba and Monterrado. Though poor households who have lost their jobs (making up less than 20 percent of the total population in affected zones) are coping through increased charcoal production, migration, remittances, and borrowing, they are still struggling to meet basic non-food expenditures and will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) through September. 

    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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