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Southern Libya mVAM Bulletin #1: March 2019

Key Findings

Despite recent clashes, all main food commodities are available in the Southern Region of Fezzan.

Cooking gas is reported as mostly not available by respondents in all the southern cities.

High food prices and security issues are the main food security challenges reported.

Context and Methodology

Following military movements in Southern Libya, hundreds of households have been displaced and humanitarian access has been restricted. In March 2019, WFP piloted remote mobile phone surveys in southern Libya to collect information on people's perceptions on the food security and humanitarian situation. In August 2018, the Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA) showed that food insecurity prevalence is higher in the South.

This mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) bulletin is based on data collected from households via live telephone interviews between 1st and 12th March 2019. The telephone numbers called were collected as part of the 2018 MSNA. The data presented was collected from a sample of 103 respondents from the six southern Libyan mantikas, or districts (Aljufra, Ghat, Murzuq, Sebha, Ubari and Wadi Ashshati). Responses are aggregated at the baladiya (sub-district) level. Some baladiyas were excluded from this analysis as there were not enough respondents to triangulate the information (a minimum of three respondents was considered).

Source: World Food Programme