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Above-average rains restore pasture conditions and livestock productivity

  • Key Message Update
  • Djibouti
  • September 2016
Above-average rains restore pasture conditions and livestock productivity

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Due to the abundant Karan/Karma rains (July to September), pasture regeneration has occurred across almost all areas and milk production and sales have increased. In the pastoral regions of Obock and Ali Sabieh, pastures have been a bit slower to regenerate but are still expected to fully recover by November despite the forecasted average to below-average Xays/Daada rains. As a result, all areas are likely to move to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity in October except for Obock and Ali Sabieh, which are expected to move to that level in November.

    • Labor demand for construction activities and school-related services seasonally resumed in September, increasing poor households’ incomes after a period of high expenditures and borrowing. Staple food prices have remained stable, which has largely supported the purchasing power of the poor. However, many urban households in Balbala, a suburb of Djibouti City, faced Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity at the beginning of September due to a lack of employment opportunities and income. To alleviate the situation, WFP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs, expanded its food assistance to 3,000 vulnerable households, approximately 19,000 people, in that area. 

    • With no new inflows of refugees observed in recent months, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that Djibouti hosted about 20,000 refugees in August. The refugees remain highly dependent on food assistance and cash transfers from WFP and UNHCR. WFP continues to report a serious funding shortfall, which may force it to reduce its food assistance by November.

    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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