A drought occurred during the first quarter of 2013, and the government declared a national emergency in June. Crop failure has been especially severe in the regions of the Chaco and the South Cone of Cochabamba. The most affected population is mainly indigenous subsistence farmers. Results of an August 2013 multi-sector assessment confirmed a deterioration of the food and nutrition security situation of the affected households. Many families have significantly reduced the frequency and quantity of food consumed. Many workers have migrated from their communities in search of casual labour. The affected households are not expected to recover until the next harvest in April/May 2014.
The seasonally adjusted staple commodity price increased for wheat flour and rice (+30% and +9%, respectively) in Bolivia.
In the Latin America and Caribbean region, the highest year-on-year consumer price index (CPI) changes over the quarter were recorded in Bolivia (5.1%-7.1%) as well as in Honduras (5-5.6%).