Publications
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
30 July 2015
  • With the onset of the lean season, the consistent improvements in coping seen over the last five months came to a halt in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Overall, negative coping levels were higher in Guinea than in Liberia or Sierra Leone.
  • In Liberia, negative coping was most severe in the South East and in Bong County. In Guinea, the most severe coping levels were reported in Nzerekore region.
  • In Liberia and Sierra Leone, heavy seasonal rains were deteriorating road access.
  • Food prices remained generally stable in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Thanks to an improvement in manual labor rates, wage-to-rice terms of trade rose in Liberia and parts of Sierra Leone.
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
29 July 2015
  • Guinea is in the midst of the lean-season and the majority of households are resorting to coping strategies.
  • Secondary data sources indicate markets are functioning and economic activity is underway with favorable agricultural conditions.
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
24 July 2015
  • With the onset of the lean season, the consistent improvements in coping seen over the last five months came to a halt in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Overall, negative coping levels were higher in Guinea than in Liberia or Sierra Leone.
  • In Liberia, coping levels were most severe in the South East and in Bong County. The highest levels of negative coping in Gu inea were repor ted in Nzerekore region in Guinea.
  • In Liberia and Sierra Leone heavy rains were deteriorating road access.
  • Food prices remained relatively stable in Sierra Leone and Liberia at national levels while manual labour rates and terms of trade rose in Liberia and some parts of Sierra Leone. 
Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
9 July 2015

An El Nino event active since March 2015 will almost certainly last through 2015 and is likely to extend into early 2016. 
The intensity of this event is increasing with a peak expected in the last quarter of 2015 and there is a significant chance that it may become one of the strongest events of the past 30 years.
The timing of the event means that it will influence all growing seasons of the northern hemisphere (broadly from May to October) as well as those of equatorial regions (Horn of Africa, Indonesia) of late 2015 and of southern Africa and South America from late 2015 to early 2016. 
The possible impacts are wide ranging and generally negative in countries facing food insecurity.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
6 July 2015

The WFP Seasonal Monitor examines satellite imagery of rainfall and vegetation in order to assess the development of the growing season and how such conditions might impact the lives and livelihoods of the resident populations. Real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts are analyzed to highlight potential developments that may be of  humanitarian concern.

This Seasonal Monitor webpage provides real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts to highlight changes in the progression of the agricultural season that may be of concern. This analysis is also presented in Power Point and report format.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
30 June 2015

The Global Food Security Update provides an overview of the food security trends in 57 countries in six regions and offers an outlook for the 3-6 months following its release. It is based on food security monitoring reports, updates from WFP’s regional and country-based Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) units and a review of secondary information.

Market Analysis, Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 May 2015

WFP’s food security analysis/VAM service is actively monitoring the food security situation across the three primary countries affected by Ebola: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Various assessments are ongoing to better understand the impact of the crisis on food markets and households’ food security. Such information is critical for informing governments’ policies and programmes and the broader humanitarian response.

Baseline Assessments, Coping Strategies, Crop and Food Assessments, Crop Production, Emergency Assessments, Food Consumption, Initial Assessment, Livelihoods, Livestock Prices, Market Analysis, Monitoring, National Capacity, Population Numbers and Sampling, Qualitative Analysis, Refugees and IDPs, Terms of Trade, Urban Food Insecurity, Food Security Analysis
25 May 2015

The Food Security Analysis factsheet provides key information on the various aspects of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping work at WFP, the different assessment tools, specific initiatives and key facts for 2015.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 March 2015

Every month, WFP and FAO issue an information note on food security trends and humanitarian implications in West Africa. The bulletin offers analysis of food availability international and regional market trends, and provides updates on household food security in the region. Recommendations are made for humanitarian interventions. The bulletin is published in both French and English.

Monitoring, Food Security Analysis
31 January 2015
  • Negative coping levels remained high in Guinea, especially in Forest Guinea and Middle Guinea. Households headed by women are most vulnerable to food insecurity.
  • In January, local rice prices dropped seasonally in most markets. Palm oil prices are recovering in Forest Guinea, perhaps signalling a recovery in markets and trade.
  • Wage rates for January continued to drop in Guinea, limiting access to food for wage labour-dependent households.
  • Senegal opened its land border with Guinea on 26 January, allowing people and goods to move freely for the first time in five months. Middle Guinea, where negative coping levels are among the highest in the country, should directly benefit from increased trade, as it is the main corridor to and from Senegal.