Remote Monitoring Report

Sufficient rainfall and normal livelihood activities maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes across both countries

July 2017

July - September 2017

Sierra Leone and Liberia phases 1

October 2017 - January 2018

Sierra Leone and Liberia phases 1

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

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

  • In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the main season crops are performing well thanks to regular and sufficient rainfall. Across both countries, cumulative rainfall is normal to above normal. Following a short delay and rainfall deficits in April and May in southeastern and northeastern counties in Liberia, this has been offset by good rainfall distribution during the remainder of the season. Main harvests are expected to be average in each country since no major anomalies were reported.

  • Across both countries, the lean season is still ongoing in many areas. Nonetheless, markets are functioning normally and continue to maintain adequate supplies of imported rice, cassava, and local rice for purchase and consumption. Some poor households are currently relying more on own produced or purchased cassava, instead of the imported rice in Liberia. In addition to this, the harvest of cowpea and vegetables in July in the two countries and early maturing maize and sorghum in Sierra Leone are improving food availability at the household level.

  • In Sierra Leone, the weak national currency continues to contribute to above-average grain prices and reduced purchasing power for some poor households. Grain prices are also above average in Liberia. The current harvest and normal labor activities will allow poor households to meet their food needs through normal livelihood strategies. Between July 2017 and January 2018, poor households are expected to face Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1) in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

About Remote Monitoring

In remote monitoring, a coordinator typically works from a nearby regional office. Relying on partners for data, the coordinator uses scenario development to conduct analysis and produce monthly reports. As less data may be available, remote monitoring reports may have less detail than those from countries with FEWS NET offices. Learn more about our work here.

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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