Liberia Food Security Outlook, February to September 2017

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Cultivation activities for 2017 main season are expected to start on time


• Normal timing of the lean season is expected from June to September, following an on time start to the 2017 main season cultivation. During this period, cassava stocks, imports, and incomes from off-season harvests are expected to ensure both household and market supplies. Access to food and seasonally normal consumption levels are expected in most households, in line with Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity, through at least September 2017.

• Across the country, some poor households are accessing wage labor through main season land preparations including bushing, felling, burning and clearing which started in December. Availablility of work will likely increase during planting of rice, cassava, corn, peanuts and beans from March through June. Weeding and fencing in July/August and rice harvests in August/September in the southeastern region will keep availability of work at seasonally average levels through the scenario period.

• Some poor households including farm and fishing laborers, casual mine workers and rubber tappers, who make up less than 20 percent of the total population in their districts, are facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity through the scenario period. These households have reduced purchasing power as they face weak financial access to both imported food and non-food items due to depreciation and weak demend for wage labor in their livelihood zones.