Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
7 May 2015

The WFP Seasonal Monitor examines satellite imagery of rainfall and vegetation in order to assess the development of the growing season and how such conditions might impact the lives and livelihoods of the resident populations. Real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts are analyzed to highlight potential developments that may be of  humanitarian concern.

This Seasonal Monitor webpage provides real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts to highlight changes in the progression of the agricultural season that may be of concern. This analysis is also presented in Power Point and report format.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
23 April 2015

In February 2015, WFP started remote phone-based data collection and food security monitoring in Iraq through the mVAM (mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping) approach. Survey respondents are contacted via text message (SMS) and live calls, and asked to respond to a short series of questions on food markets and household food consumption and coping.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
23 April 2015
  • Conflict is negatively affecting the Iraqi population’s food security, particularly in the governorates of Ninewa, Kirkuk, Salah Al-Din and Duhok, where nearly one in ten households are consuming a borderline or inadequate diet. Chronic food insecurity persists in the governorates of Wassit and Muthanna.
  • The food security of Iraq’s 2.68 million internally displaced people (IDPs) has been particularly affected. Their diets have deteriorated and one in four IDP households are using negative coping strategies – a far higher proportion than among non-displaced households.
  • More people have received rations through the government-run public distribution system (PDS) in the south than in central and northern governorates.
  • Households in conflict-affected areas such as Anbar, parts of Ninewa and Kirkuk are facing higher prices for staple foods and reduced purchasing power.
Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 March 2015
  • Ongoing conflict and blocked supply lines continue to cause high food prices in Anbar, Ninewa and Kirkuk. Particularly in Anbar, the price differential for wheat flour and sugar with Baghdad has increased substantially since February.
  • In Ninewa, conflict has caused food scarcity and high food prices. Here, people’s purchasing power is the lowest of all surveyed governorates, because of a lack of job opportunities and low wage levels. In Anbar and Diyala, purchasing power has fallen by a quarter since February.
  • Domestic wheat stocks available for milling are low, as are imported stocks. Crop prospects are uncertain: the conflict has meant less planting, especially across southern and central regions.
Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
11 March 2015
  • Conflict has severely disrupted supply lines to Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk, pushing up the price of a basic food basket and causing shortages of fresh fruit, meat, eggs and dairy. In these governorates, reduced Public Distribution System (PDS) distributions are keeping wheat flour prices high.
  • In early March, food prices in Salah Al-Din increased significantly due to ongoing conflict.
  • In conflict-affected areas, casual labour opportunities are limited and wage rates are low. This is undermining people’s ability to purchase food and other basic goods.
  • The prospects for the 2015 winter crop are uncertain in conflict-affected parts of Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Diyala.
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 July 2008

In many countries of the region winter wheat is cultivated in irrigated conditions. Thus, remote sensing data are expected to provide more reliable information about crop status than analysis of meteorological parameters. Analysis of NDVI confirms that vegetation status at the end of the season 2007/2008 within the winter wheat zones was worse than normal in many countries (red color is a dominant at the map
below). The situation was close to normal in Caucasus countries and slightly better than normal in southern and central Afghanistan (where winter crop is scarce).