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Food Security Bulletin No. 31

Between January and March, the food security situation across most of Nepal remained stable due to a good summer crop harvest that took place mostly in October-December 2010. However, in some localized areas where the summer crop was impaired, the situation has deteriorated. Far Western Hill and Mountain districts were particularly affected by crop losses and multiple districts are experiencing a high level of food insecurity. Surkhet, Dailekh, Doti, Dadeldhura and Bajura are of particular concern, where multiple VDCs experienced average summer crop losses that exceeded 30 percent due to late/insufficient rainfall and in some areas hailstorm damage. In this region, NeKSAP District Food Security Networks identified 45 VDCs that are “highly food insecure (Phase-3)” where people are coping by consuming less preferred food, reducing the size of meals and selling household assets as the household food stock is sufficient for 1-2 months only, and local employment opportunities have generally decreased by 10-30 percent.

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