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Remotely Monitored Country
Key Message Update

A normal start to the agricultural season

August 2018

August - September 2018

Carte de la situation de securite alimentaire: Stresse ! (Phase 2 de l'IPC)

October 2018 - January 2019

Carte de la situation de securite alimentaire: Minimal (Phase 1 de l'IPC)

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Since the first dekad of July, the temporal distribution of rainfall has been normal, except for the far east of the country that experienced slight deficits, but overall the region’s cumulative rainfall from the April 1st to August 10th has been above-average to average compared to 2007-2016 mean cumulative rainfall.  This regularity of rain has allowed farmers to speed up planting and has also helped decrease or stabilize attacks by fall armyworm.

  • Due to the normal start to season and ongoing humanitarian assistance, traders and large producers are in the process of selling their remaining stocks. This favors a normal availability of cereals at markets. At the national level, cereal prices have been stable overall for the past two months. However, in comparison to the five-year average, cereal prices are 16, 25, and 24 percent above average for maize, millet, and sorghum respectively.

  • Currently, poor households in areas of concern in the north of the country are primarily dependent on market purchases and food aid to meet their needs. The ongoing humanitarian assistance that is concentrated in livelihoods zones 8, 7 and 5 are reaching 37, 26 and 24 percent of populations in these zones respectively, and allow them to have two meals per day as they would in a normal year.

  • However, due to the greater than normal dependence on market purchases, the poor in the areas mentioned above are in greater debt than usual and cannot purchase fertilizers or pay for health expenditures without harming their livelihoods. This places them in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) level of food insecurity, because of humanitarian assistance.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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