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Key Message Update

Food security expected to deteriorate to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in Kailahun during the lean season

April 2017

April - May 2017

Sierra Leone April 2017 Food Security Projections for April to May

June - September 2017

Sierra Leone April 2017 Food Security Projections for June to September

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • According to the short-term forecast, portions of Sierra Leone are expected to receive increased rainfall in the coming weeks for the start of the upcoming growing season. Normal levels of food availability and access continue to allow most households in the country to maintain and to access food regularly. Additionally, with normal income levels through hired labor for the rehabilitation of cocoa and coffee plantations, acute food insecurity will remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in most districts through September 2017.

  • Normal market functioning and  trade flows continue across the country with the availability of off season harvests. Market stock levels of both imported and local food commodities continue at typical levels, with the exception of local rice stocks, which are lower than usual due to last season’s below-average upland production. Prices of food commodities remain stable since March 2017 hence allowing normal access to food.

  • Between June and September, acute food insecurity in Kailahun district is expected to deteriorate to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) during the lean season. These outcomes are expected due to poor road networks and the expected increase in the price of petrol, which will most likely affect access and availability of food for most poor households in the district.  

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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