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Improved household food security after peak harvests for the 2016/17 agrculture season

  • Key Message Update
  • Sierra Leone
  • November 2016
Improved household food security after peak harvests for the 2016/17 agrculture season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Peak harvests of main season crops including upland rice, cassava, sweet potato, and vegetables continues in most part of the country, allowing for increased food availability  for poor households. Harvesting and sales of cocoa and coffee in the Eastern Region is also contributing to improved income for poor households. Almost all districts are expected remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through January 2017.

    • Economic recovery following EVD in both Port Loko and Kailahun Districts has been slow due to a mix of residual shocks and macroeconomic issues. In Kailahun, commodity crop trade has been particularly affected, while the closure of two iron ore mines in Port Loko district has limited income opportunities. A 60 percent increase in the price of petrol in November is expected to further impact these districts, which will remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity until January 2017. 

    • Household income is expected to improve from Jaunary through May 2017 across the country due to full economic recovery following average to above-average commodity and off-season crop harvests. Market functioning is expected to fully recover to normal levels with the onset of the dry season in November/ December and above-average income from sale of cash crops. All districts are expected be in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity by January 2017.

    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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