In April and May, FEWS NET is transitioning its classification system from the FEWS NET Food Insecurity Severity Scale to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification’s (IPC) Household-based Acute Food Insecurity Reference Table, which is scheduled for release with IPC version 2 in July 2011. For more information see: www.fews.net/FoodInsecurityScale.
• Globally, household food security will be good for the entire country during the scenario period. However, in the areas of concern, the Sahel and a portion of the North and East, very poor households will fall into Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity in August, the lean season peak. Food assistance needs will be lower than last year and even below normal.
• Livestock prices will remain high during the entire period, and even beyond the outlook, due to the relatively short pastoral lean period, favorable outlooks for the agricultural season and the strong demand for meat locally, and especially in coastal countries. The resumption of livestock sales to Côte d’Ivoire in May will bolster this situation. The terms of trade for livestock/grain will continue to favor livestock farmers