WFP monitoring confirms that the situation of the drought affected households in El Chaco Region and the south cone of Cochabamba continues to be fragile. The rainy season has started in these regions, and the next harvest will occur in April-May 2014. While the harvest will increase food availability, and contribute to food access, many households will continue to be unable to access sufficient calories and nutrients for an active and healthy life. Challenges and factors contributing to food insecurity include a lack of seeds and inputs for farmers, leading to smaller areas planted. Household food reserves are reportedly low. Many families cannot afford to purchase the feed needed for small livestock holdings.
The recent opening of the domestic market by lowering tariffs on main imported food produce helped decreasing high food inflation, now down by 1.2% m/m. Still, food inflation was at 10.44% y/y in December.