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Abundant rains in May improve pasture and livestock conditions

  • Key Message Update
  • Djibouti
  • May 2016
Abundant rains in May improve pasture and livestock conditions

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Above-average Diraac/Sugum rains replenished wells and improved pastures, including in the El Niño drought-affected Northwest, Northeast and Southern Pastoral. However, the rains will not be sufficient to fully restore herd sizes and livestock productivity, leaving many households in those zones in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). Central Pastoral and Southeast Pastoral-Roadside livelihood zones remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2). However, the average to above-average July to September Karan/Karma season is expected to improve food security in the Northwest.

    • Flour, rice, and sorghum prices were stable in April across the country, but they are expected to increase during the high cereal demand period of Ramadan. This coincides with the typical period when poor household incomes fall, particularly in urban areas where labor demand is weak during the hot months of June to September, putting pressure on household purchasing power. However, labor demand remains high around Abock/Ari in the Northwest due to ongoing dam and reservoir construction. 

    • Due to the plentiful Diraac/Sugum rains across the region, the nearly 2,000 drought-affected people from Ethiopia and Somalia that settled in Djibouti returned to their countries in May. WFP continues to provide food and cash transfers to registered refugees in camps. Since April 4, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the number of Yemeni refugees has remained unchanged at 19,636 and most are sheltered in Markazi refugee camp. 

    For more detailed analysis, see the Remote Monitoring Update for February – September 2016.

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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