Key Message Update

Despite harvests in the Far North, food insecurity remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to insecurity

November 2020

November 2020 - January 2021

February - May 2021

IPC v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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

  • Despite the improvement in the availability of food stocks for households in the Far North after two months of estimated average harvests, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity persists in Logone and Chari, Mayo Sava and Mayo Tsanaga, where repeated Boko Haram attacks associated with kidnappings and looting continue to cause further displacement and disrupt normal livelihood activities. Recent attacks between October 30 and November 2, 2020 in Mora, Mayo Sava, displaced 959 people, according to IOM

  • Five months after the start of harvests in the North-West and South-West regions, the prices of staple foods produced locally in rural areas have atypically decreased. Rural households sell their products at lower than average prices due to the intensification of the conflict in September and October which disrupted trade flows to urban areas from the region's production basins, and due to the atypical increase in the sale of stocks to cover back-to-school expenses. Compared with October 2020, current maize prices are 15 percent lower in Kumbo, 13 percent in Fundong, 9 percent in Nkambe and 7 percent lower in Ndop. However, prices remain well above their five-year average. Below-average incomes from crop sales, coupled with prices that remain above their five-year average, continue to lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) throughout the region.

  • The off-season harvests of fresh beans, potatoes and maize that start in November in the Northwest and Southwest regions are likely to improve food availability and poor household incomes, but production is expected to be below average due to displacement of populations and reduced access to agricultural land, as most irrigated plains exploited for off-season production remain inaccessible. Income from the sale of coffee and cocoa continues to improve the purchasing power of poor households, although harvests remain well below average.

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 approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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Link to United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Link to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) FEWS NET Data PortalLink to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Link to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth ObservatoryLink to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, Climage Prediction CenterLink to the Climate Hazards Center - UC Santa BarbaraLink to KimetricaLink to Chemonics