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Key Message Update

Ongoing humanitarian assistance is alleviating food difficulties in the current lean season

August 2018

August - September 2018

October 2018 - January 2019

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
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

  • The current agricultural season is expected to be average across the country thanks to the return of rains at the beginning of August. Overall, the lower than usual productive planting areas due to poor rains at the start of the agricultural season and the losses from pests have reduced cereal yields in some places. Good rain is expected until September, which will increase overall national production to near or above-average this year.

  • The availability of cereals remains sufficient throughout the country. The increase in cereal prices by 15 to 30 percent above average and the decrease in terms of trade for livestock/cereals negatively affects the ability of poor households to access markets, particularly in the pastoral areas of Gourma, the Niger River Delta, and the western Sahel.

  • Poor households in the Goundam Lakes area, in Gourma, areas in the interior Niger River Delta, and the western Sahel have resorted to atypical coping strategies for agricultural labor, borrowing, and reduction in food and non-food expenditures, due to the poor agricultural production in 2017 and the decrease in agricultural and pastoral incomes. This places these areas in Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) thanks to ongoing food and non-food humanitarian assistance.

  • Poor households that have been affected by flooding since the end of July, and it is estimated that more than a thousand people are facing difficulties meeting their food and non-food needs (rebuilding their livelihoods) due to losses of their livelihoods. As a result, they will be facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) until October.

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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