According to the Cadre Harmonisé food insecurity classification analysis of March 2014, 384,000 people, are classified as being phase 3 “crisis”. The areas that have significant number of its population in “crisis” phase are the areas in the north central (9 percent), the north (5 percent), the west (5 percent) and the south-west (5 percent) regions. These populations are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. The food insecure households classified as “stressed” are estimated at 3,209,000 in March 2014 and this figure is expected to increase to 4,118,000 during the lean season.
The overall food consumption situation is not adequate with a decline in consumed meals and poor dietary diversity. The livelihoods of these households are under pressure, diminishing their resilience. In some areas in the North-western and South-western parts of the country, food stocks are limited or exhausted resulting in an early lean season (April to August). For other areas in the central region, food is generally available due to an increase in rice, maize and vegetable production. The food situation in the north and the west is improving, partially due to agriculture development projects and humanitarian actions in these areas. For updates, please see: