31 May 2015
- Liberia is officially Ebola-free, but the virus continues to spread in Sierra Leone.
- Consistent with past trends, Liberia and Sierra Leone saw statistically significant improvements in coping in May. Geographically, the biggest improvements are seen in Bong County, Liberia and in the districts of Kambia and Port Loko in Sierra Leone.
- Food prices in both countries were stable compared to the previous month. Wage rates remain stable in Liberia and increase slightly in Sierra Leone.
- Analysis of food security perceptions show a more positive trend in both countries in May compared to April 2015.
31 May 2015
WFP’s food security analysis/VAM service is actively monitoring the food security situation across the three primary countries affected by Ebola: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Various assessments are ongoing to better understand the impact of the crisis on food markets and households’ food security. Such information is critical for informing governments’ policies and programmes and the broader humanitarian response.
25 May 2015
The Food Security Analysis factsheet provides key information on the various aspects of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping work at WFP, the different assessment tools, specific initiatives and key facts for 2015.
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.
30 April 2015
- In April, fewer households used negative coping strategies in Sierra Leone, notably in the districts of Kailahun/Kono and Bombali/Tonkolili/Koinadugu. The highest levels of negative coping are seen in the Ebola-affected districts of Kambia and Port Loko. In Liberia, use of negative coping strategies remained stable.
- Poorer households in Sierra Leone resorted more to negative coping strategies in April than in March.
- National food prices remained stable in both countries. However, the price of imported rice, local rice and palm oil increased significantly in Lofa, Liberia.
- Wage rates were stable in Sierra Leone, while Liberia experienced seasonal wage decrease of 3 percent. Stable food prices meant that purchasing power remained the same in Sierra Leone and fell by 3 percent in Liberia.
30 April 2015
- In April, fewer households used negative coping strategies in Sierra Leone, notably in the districts of Kailahun/Kono and Bombali/Tonkolili/Koinadugu. The highest levels of negative coping are seen in the Ebola-affected districts of Kambia and Port Loko.
- Poorer households resorted to more negative coping strategies in April than in March.
- National food prices and wage rates remained stable.
- Significant market disruptions continue.
31 March 2015
- Imported and local rice prices increased modestly in March. A recovery in economic activity is leading to an improvement in unskilled wage rates (up 7 percent compared to February).
- The households who are depending the most on negative coping strategies are in the districts of Kailahun, Kono, Bombali, Tonkolili and Koinadugu.
- March data continues to show that negative coping strategies are most frequently used by the poorest households, by those living in Ebola-affected rural areas and by households headed by women.
31 March 2015
- In March, households in Lofa county, Liberia used fewer negative coping strategies than in February. The counties with highest levels of negative coping include Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Lofa. In Sierra Leone, negative coping is highest in the districts of Kailahun, Kono, Bombali, Tonkolili and Koinadugu.
- Negative coping strategies are most frequently used by the poorest households, by those living in Ebola-affected rural areas and by households headed by women.
- Imported and local rice prices remained stable in Liberia but increased modestly in Sierra Leone. As the land preparation season advances, wage rates are improving in both Liberia (+3%) and Sierra Leone (+7%).
31 March 2015
Every month, WFP and FAO issue an information note on food security trends and humanitarian implications in West Africa. The bulletin offers analysis of food availability international and regional market trends, and provides updates on household food security in the region. Recommendations are made for humanitarian interventions. The bulletin is published in both French and English.
28 February 2015
- In February, households in Liberia and Sierra Leone used the same number or fewer negative coping strategies than in January. Food security continues to improve thanks to the recent harvest and lower incidences of Ebola. However, the poorest households in both countries used more coping strategies than in January.
- In Liberia, negative coping strategies are most prevalent in the northern and western counties of Lofa, Bomi, Gbarpolu and Grand Cape Mount. In Sierra Leone, coping is highest in the districts of Bombali, Koinandugu and Tonkolili in the north. Monrovia and Freetown continue to be relatively better off.
- Liberia opened its land borders on 22 February 2015. All three Ebola-affected countries now have open land borders, allowing trade to resume. While there are signs that markets and trade are recovering, high staple food prices and low wages are hampering food access in north-west Liberia and northern Sierra Leone.
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