Saturday, 25 October 2008

FEWS Food Security Outlook Oct 2008 - Mar 2009

From ReliefWeb, New York, United States

- The majority of the population in both rural and urban areas is currently food secure. However 240,544 people in localized areas of ten districts in Mwanza, Shinyanga, and Singida regions are moderately food insecure due the effects of 2008 vuli crop failure, below normal performance of masika rains, increasing transportation costs, and above normal increases in food prices.

- In the fourth quarter of 2008, households will likely remain generally food secure. Food prices will increase seasonably, but most households will have sufficient access given good recent harvests. The vuli and msimu rains will start on time, enabling agricultural activities to resume, generating income earning opportunities. The vuli harvest in January/February will increase food availability and access.

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