According to the latest GIEWS food price data, prices remain high and are at their peak as the lean season continues. The high retail prices for imported maize and limited incomes are constraining poor households’ ability to adequately meet livelihood needs. Poor rural households across the country will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in February.
The start of green consumption and early harvests in March, ongoing safety net programming, income opportunities associated with agriculture, stable food prices and the start of the main harvest are all expected to contribute to sufficient household food access, resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes from March to June.
Seasonal rainfall in some areas has been below average with moderate dry spells experienced in most parts of the country. As a result, crops are in mediocre to average condition across the country. With increased chances of normal to below-normal rainfall for the remainder of season to March, harvest prospects are expected to be below the five-year average (127,000 MT) and slightly above last year (104,000 MT).