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This monitoring cycle marks the late harvesting season of the main crops of wheat, barley, and potato as well as planting season of paddy and millet (refer also to Seasonal Calendar on p. 11). In most of the monitored districts, yields of harvested crops are higher than last year. Supplemented by cash incomes from livelihood strategies, such as collection and sale of the Yarshagumba herb, mango and ginger production, and employment in WFP supported RCIW projects, respondent households’ food stocks are generally also higher than last year.
However, the late monsoon rains this year appear likely to affect yields of crops that are curently under cultivation adversely. The disappointing early harvest of potato in some parts of the country substantiates predictions of further shortfalls.
But this reporting cycle did not show up evidence of a general deterioration in food security in the districts and VDCs covered by WFP/VAM Food Security Monitoring.