Tri-national Border of Rio Lempa: Acute Food Insecurity Situation November 2018 – January 2019 and Projected February - April 2019
01.11.2018 > 30.04.2019


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The Tri-national Border Federation of Río Lempa (Mancomunitad Trinacional Fronteriza Río Lempa) is a Public Law entity, located in the Trifinio Region and composed of municipalities of three countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. This report contains the results of the analysis carried out in February 2018 in seven microregions of the Tri-national Border Federation of Río Lempa according to the approach of the IPC Acute Food Insecurity scale, which aims to classify the severity and define the phase of food insecurity of the territories and / or communities making use of information of various kinds in order to support evidence-based decisions. The IPC helps resolve concerns about which areas are facing food insecurity, who it affects, how many people, and how serious is the situation, guiding what should be done and when.

In the analyzed period (November 2018 – January 2019), a fourth of the population analyzed (about105,000 people) is classified as being Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in six microregions (Cayaguanca and Candelaria (El Salvador), Sensenti, Sesecapa and Güisayote (Honduras) and Guija (Guatemala); and in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in the Chortí micro-region (Guatemala), as shown in the map. In the territory of the Trinational Border Association of Río Lempa, about 93,000 people (23%) are classified under conditions of Phase 3 or worse.

These conditions are associated with the fact that food consumption is limited in certain areas.

For the projected period (February – April 2019), the food and nutrition security situation is set to worsen compared to the current situation in four micro-regions: (Cayaguanca and Candelaria (El Salvador), Güisayote (Honduras) and Güija (Guatemala) are classified as being Stressed (IPC Phase 2), and the three remaining micro-regions – Sensenti and Sesecapa (Honduras) and Chortí (Guatemala) in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), as described in the map. About 75,400 people (18%) are set to be in Phase 3 or worse in all microregions.

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