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Most official movement restrictions lifted, trade flows and market functioning slowly improve

  • Special Report
  • West Africa
  • January 31, 2015
Most official movement restrictions lifted, trade flows and market functioning slowly improve

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  • Key Messages
  • Preface

  • Preface

    Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone are FEWS NET remote monitoring countries. 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. The analysis presented in this report is based on various field information from sources including FEWS NET key informants, a recent SMS-based trader survey conducted by FEWS NET and GeoPoll, and partner information.

    Key Messages
    • Market functioning and trade flows are still below-normal but are slowly improving across the region compared to previous months due to the lifting of official movement restrictions (Liberia), district-level quarantines (Sierra Leone), and official border closures (across the region, except for Liberia).

    • Despite improving market functioning, household incomes from many typical sources remain below average, causing household purchasing power to remain atypically weak and limiting food access for poor households reliant on market purchases to meet basic needs. As food stocks from recent harvests deplete, the population facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes is expected to increase in the coming months.

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