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This monitoring cycle marks the primary harvesting season for paddy and maize. With some exceptions, survey participants report either no change or decreases in production due to the late monsoon earlier this year. The data indicates that the consequently delayed planting of these two major cereals contributed to lower food stocks and fewer agricultural labor opportunities in cases where less land was cultivated in the absence of sufficient irrigation.
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.
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.
This monitoring cycle is the traditional lean season in agricultural Nepal, and the participants in the WFP/VAM repeat survey deal with their low or exhausted food stocks through a range of livelihood strategies, from basket weaving to timber smuggling, as they have done before. This cycle’s data shows no indications of extraordinary stress or coping strategies.