February marks the end of the rice cultivation season and peak agricultural activity in the region. Household food security levels measured through the rCSI are virtually identical to those measured in December 2015.
In Liberia and Sierra Leone, the average national rCSIs have improved since last year, February 2015. In Guinea, the rCSI has also improved compared to June 2015.
At the end of the rice harvest season, prices of rice are slightly higher in February 2016 compared to December 2015 in Guinea and Sierra Leone.
In Liberia and Sierra Leone, comparing prices from February 2015 to February 2016, commodity prices have not increased considerably while manual labour wages have risen approximately 10%. As a result, average household purchasing power, measured in terms of trade, have improved since last year.