As a result of sufficient labor availability during the 2013 agricultural season, above normal livestock prices through out the year, and ample food stocking for the lean season from the 2013 above-normal production, food security outcomes are likely to remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) for the majority of households in the country.
The performance during the current wet season had shown increasing precipitation deficits, particularly in northern Afghanistan, however, a heavy snowstorm in early February alleviated potential concerns as the snow reached up to 2.5 meters in mountainous areas.
Western Central highlands food security outcomes from January to March are expected to be Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) as usual seasonal food sources are replaced by external assistance. However, food security outcomes from April to June are expected to improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) as seasonal livelihood activities will be resuming with continued external assistance.