WFP Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS): West Darfur State, Round 9 (February 2011)

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Main Findings

• Overall, findings indicated a good food consumption situation with 80 percent of the interviewed IDP and refugee households as well as 90 percent of resident and mixed community households having an acceptable food consumption score.

• The food security situation has remained relatively stable for all community groups and has significantly improved for resident communities compared to February and November 2010. This is attributed to an acceptable food consumption score combined with an improved income situation.

• A total of 670 households were interviewed in 22 sentinel sites reached. Data collection for this round was carried out during the post‐harvest period in late February and early March 2011.

• Prices of cereals were high compared to November 2010 and to the five‐year average.
Sorghum prices were 10 percent and 100 percent higher compared to November 2010 and the five year average respectively.

• The price of the minimum healthy food basket has increased by 17 percent compared to November 2010 and it is now reported at 1.32 SDG per person /day.

• Interviewed households spend an average of 61 percent of their income on purchasing food items.

• The vast majority of households have neither reported encountering food shortages or lack of cash to purchase food commodities.

• Mid Upper Arm Circumference measurement applied on 779 children in the age range of 6‐59 months indicated that 10 percent of IDP children, 7 percent of children in resident and mixed communities and 13 percent of refugee children are moderately malnourished.