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Household and market food stocks are at their lowest as the lean season progresses

  • Key Message Update
  • Sierra Leone
  • July 2016
Household and market food stocks are at their lowest as the lean season progresses

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Prices of local staples, including local rice and cassava, are increasing as stocks decline normally during the lean season. The stock levels of imported food commodities remain average in most markets, although their price levels are above-average and increasing due to the continued depreciation of the Leone. Market access to food for poor households is limited keeping most areas in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity through September.

    • The main 2016/17 agriculture season continues with planting of upland rice in the Northern region and land preparation for lowland (IVS) rice across the country. Planting of upland rice is complete in the Eastern and Southern regions where it is intercropped with cassava, maize, and vegetables such as cucumber, garden eggs and pepper. Harvest’s beginning in September are expected to be at near average levels with most districts improving to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity by October.

    • Bo and Western Area Rural and Urban districts remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity due to their faster rate of economic recovery compared to the rest of the country. For Bo, poor households are benefitting from improved trade flows which are encouraging traders to visit remote areas to purchase last season’s cassava, sweet potato and vegetable products.  Western Area Districts are seeing improved economic activity which is creating casual labor and petty trade opportunities for poor households.

    • Pastoralists, who are mainly in the Northern region, are currently enjoying near average rainfall which is providing sufficient water and pastures for fattening cattle and small ruminants. In the second week of September demand for livestock is expected to increase due to the Muslim celebration of Eid-ul-Adha.  Demand is expected to be average as the holiday coincides with the harvest period and household income for pastoralists will be above-average compared to other periods of the year.

    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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