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Severe drought, hail-storms and heavy snowfall have left many communities in Mid- and Far-Western Nepal in a precarious food security situation. The poor growing conditions resulted in decreased yields for wheat and barley by 20 to 40% compared to normal production levels. Crop production in some VDCs decreased by as much as 70%.
Information collected by WFP field monitors during January to May 2008, indicates that nearly 50,000 people in Bajura, Dailekh, and Jajarkot are already in an acute food security situation. As the traditional lean season approaches this June, an estimated 252,000 people living in Kalikot, Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Bajura, Achham1, Dailekh, Rukum, and Jajarkot are facing deteriorating food insecurity with little possibility of recovery.