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This monitoring cycle marks the harvesting season of wheat, barley and potato. In most districts covered, yields are up over last year; and in several districts last year’s yields were high to begin with. As a result, food stocks in many respondents’ households currently exceed expectations. Moreover, retail prices of basic food items are down in most road head or district headquarter markets compared to the last cycle.
With the exception of Central and Eastern regions, short term migration has also decreased over last cycle, mainly because this period included the winter crop harvesting season and Nepali New Year. Overall, the movement of people and goods is somewhat relaxed compared to the previous period. As in previous cycles, households used multifaceted livelihood strategies such as wagelabor, portering, collecting herbs and selling fruits and vegetables. WFP’s Rural Community Infrastructure Works (RCIW) programme also augmented many household incomes.