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Household food consumption is expected to remain adequate through the start of the lean season

  • Key Message Update
  • Sierra Leone
  • January 2016
Household food consumption is expected to remain adequate through the start of the lean season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Seasonal rainfall in Kailahun is near average and similar to rainfall totals in January of 2015, indicating adequate moisture levels for agricultural activities including land preparation, and the drying of harvested rice, cocoa, coffee, and cassava crops. Market prices for rice, cassava, and sweet potato are stable and normal market activities have resumed because of the lift in the ban on weekly markets due to EVD.  

    • As food and cash crops continue to be harvested in Kailahun, most farmers have already sold their cocoa and coffee harvests for cash. Household access to income from the sale of rice and cassava is also starting to decrease. However, demand for agricultural labor is at normal levels and expected to increase during the planting period between April and May. These labor opportunities will increase poor household income during this period. Household food consumption is expected to remain adequate between January and the start of the lean season in May.  

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    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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