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El Salvador: Acute Food Insecurity Situation from December 2017 to February 2018 and Projection for March-May 2018

30/11/2017 - 31/05/2018
El Salvador

According to the IPC Acute Food Insecurity Analysis conducted in November 2017 for El Salvador, one in ten people (around 255 thousand people) were facing moderate acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 2) in seven departments analyzed (Ahuachapán, Santa Ana, Chalatenango, Usulután, San Miguel, Morazán and La Unión). This condition is due to: 

  • Food Consumption close to 10% of households was deficient and food diversity with 4 less food groups. Also, in the departments of Morazán and Usulután, the Food Consumption Score was unacceptable in 33% of households,
  • In the departments of Morazán and Usulután, due to the Change of Livelihoods, 45% of households made use of strategies classified as crisis or emergency,
  • Acute Malnutrition occurred in at least two percent of children under five years of age in the analyzed departments,
  • The mortality rate in children under 5 is less than 1 / 10,000 / day in all departments.


The projected analysis for the March - May 2018 period was conducted for the following departments: Ahuachapán, Santa Ana, Chalatenango, Usulután, San Miguel, Morazán and La Unión.

In the case of the departments of Morazán and Usulután, the following indicators stand out:

  • Consumption of Food: 66% Fair, 19-26% Moderate and 7-13% Poor.
  • Nutrition: Historically no prevalence of acute malnutrition at the departmental level of more than 5%
  • Mortality: 0.03-0.07 / 10,000 / day
  • For the rest of the departments, there is no information available.

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Food Security ClustersFEWS NETFAOThe Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS)CARE InternationalACF
The World Food Programme (WFP)unicefSICASave the ChildrenOxfamThe Joint research Center (JRC) of the European CommissionIGAD