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Projected food security impacts of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

  • Special Report
  • West Africa
  • October 8, 2014
Projected food security impacts of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

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  • Summary

  • Summary

    Future Ebola caseloads are extremely uncertain. Based on available information, FEWS NET is using a planning figure of 200,000 – 250,000 cases by January 20, 2015. If this were to occur:

    • Local markets would likely stop functioning; food shortages would also be likely
    • Significant drop in HH incomes and purchasing power
    • Agricultural HHs would rely on their own production although outcomes would quickly deteriorate once stocks deplete, likely in the first quarter of 2015
    • Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity by Mar. 2015 for HHs with family members who have been ill or have died from Ebola and poor, urban HHs
    • Emergency food assistance needs would significantly exceed levels currently planned, funded, and likely

    Occasionally, FEWS NET will publish a Special Report that serves to provide an in-depth analysis of food security issues of particular concern that are not covered in FEWS NET’s regular monthly reporting. These reports may focus on a specific factor driving food security outcomes anywhere in the world during a specified period of time. For example, in 2019, FEWS NET produced a Special Report on widespread flooding in East Africa and its associated impacts on regional food security.

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