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Slight improvement in food insecurity due to September green harvests

  • Remote Monitoring Report
  • Sierra Leone
  • September 2015
Slight improvement in food insecurity due to September green harvests

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • According to the World Health Organization’s September 23 situation report, there have been six confirmed Ebola cases over the past 21 days within the districts of Kambia and Bombali. Despite these Ebola cases, there are no movement restrictions in place, which is favoring a slow economic recovery and improvements in household income levels.   

    • Excessive rainfall and localized flooding were recorded during the month of September. These floods caused widespread damage to housing and infrastructure, particularly in Freetown, Bo and Pujehun, and led to the displacement of 1,951 people in Pujehun. Although these displaced populations will require short-term assistance until they can return to their homes and livelihoods, crop losses were generally limited. Consequently, these floods are not expected to have any major impacts on projected food security outcomes.

    • Markets supplies of local cereals have been decreasing since June due to a seasonally normal decline in trader stocks, high transportation costs, and limited cross border trade flows caused by residual Ebola-related fears. The availability of recent food price data is limited. However, WFP’s mVAM results from June 2015 suggest that prices between April and May were generally stable or increasing slightly, following their typical seasonal trends.

    • Food insecurity is gradually improving in September due to green harvests of sweet potatoes, maize, rice and vegetables. Starting in October with the main harvest, outcomes will further improve with higher market stock levels, increased labor opportunities and the sales of agricultural products. Consequently, most areas are expected to face Minimal (IPC Phase 1). However, poor households in Moyamba, Kenema and Kailahun districts are projected to remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to a slower recovery from this year’s Ebola-related shocks.

      For more detailed analysis, see the Remote Monitoring Update for August 2015.

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