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Food Security Bulletin No. 44

This issue covers the period of mid November 2014 to mid March 2015, the second trimester of Nepalese Fiscal  Year  2071/72.This  bulletin  is  based  primarily  on  the  outcomes  of  NeKSAP  district  food  security  network (DFSN) meetings held in 74 of 75 districts and the results of the NeKSAP household survey, a nationally representative sample  survey,  collected  between  February - March  2015. As  such,  this  bulletin  provides  a  comprehensive  snap-shot of the food security situation across Nepal before the earthquake in April. In this period:
Most  parts  of  the  country  were  classified  as  minimally  food  insecure  (Phase  I),a situation where most households can secure food and non-food needs without changing livelihood strategies.
DFSNs classified 8 Village Development Committees (VDCs) in 2 districts in the mid-western region as highly  food  insecure  (Phase  III): 6 VDCs in Surkhet, with an estimated 5,819 affected households (25,167 people), because of the continued impact of last year’s floods; and 2 VDCs in Mugu, with an estimated 1,028 affected households (5,983 people), because of the high loss of summer crops from hailstones.
DFSNs classified an additional 167 VDCs in 11 districts as moderately food insecure (Phase II).
Daily  wages,  sale  of  agricultural  products  (including  livestock),  and  remittances  were  major  income sources that  contributed  to  improved  household  food  security,  with  their  share  in  household  income  at  28,  25 and 20 percent respectively.

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