Bolivia: Food Security Monitoring November 2009 - January 2010
- At the end of 2009 El Chaco regions of the departments of Santa Cruz, Tarija and Chuquisaca experienced the peak of a large period of drought which started in 2008.
- After the drought period in the country, the rainy season started influenced by El Niño phenomenon causing floods, mainly in the lowlands. According to official reports, rains have continued to fall over the Chapare region (Cochabamba), where river flows have considerably increased, destroying some 5,000 hectares of crops. Minor livestock was also reported to have died. The Civil Defense estimates some 4,500 flood affected families in that region.
- In the department of Santa Cruz heavy rains are affecting soya and rice producers' agricultural calendar by provoking delays in the sowing season. The rainy season corresponds mainly to the phase of the crops' growing period, so that their development would be comprised in case the floods worsen.
- Forecasts by the Central Bank of Bolivia (BCB) estimate around 4% inflation for the period 2010-2011. At the same time the BCB foresees 2010 economic growth in between 4.5 and 5. 5% and the external remittances to be stable during the year. BCB reports a reduction of 6,8% in remittances received in 2009 compared to 2008.
- Recommendations for action: close monitoring of the rainy season, and initial assessments in flood-affected areas in coordination with Government and UN agencies.