Vuli rains start late with low rainfall totals to date
- All markets across the country are sufficiently stocked with a variety of staple foods, and acute food insecurity is Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in most parts of the country. However, in the banana-growing areas of Kagera, and central marginal areas of Dodoma, Stressed food security (IPC Phase 2) is present due to high food prices and reduced income sources.
- Food prices have shown a mixed trend. Rice prices have continued decreasing following strict controls of rice imports from Tanzania by the neighboring countries of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. Maize prices have also slightly decreased as urban consumers shift to comparatively less expensive rice. Bean prices are seasonally increasing.
- A poor season is likely following the late onset of the Vuli rains by approximately one month and poor spatial and temporal distribution of rains to date. Vuli harvests will likely bring only temporary and minor food security improvements. Stressed food insecurity is likely during January to March in areas that depend on Vuli production.
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