Stable food prices, ongoing safety-net and subsidy programs, and the start of green consumption in February to March together with income opportunities associated with agriculture activities, are all expected to limit acute food insecurity to Stress (IPC Phase 2) from December-March.
Seasonal rains have started across the country with planting ongoing and in some places completed. Current rainfall received is above last year across the country. With estimated normal to above normal rains forecasted for the January to March period, growth and maturity of crops is expected to enhance prospects of good production.
A combination of ongoing safety nets reaching 339,500 people, agriculture support programs by NGOs and FAO targeting 18,500 households and the ongoing government input subsidy program is expected to improve access food and production costs for targeted households. These programs are expected to meet the livelihood and survival requirements of most of the 447,760 people the LVAC identified as at risk of food insecurity for the 2014/15 consumption year.