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High food prices limit market access in the South

  • Key Message Update
  • Madagascar
  • November 2016
High food prices limit market access in the South

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Food assistance is playing an important role in reducing consumption gaps in southern Madagascar. In Androy where the impacts of last season’s drought were most severe, half-ration food assistance will likely prevent worse outcomes but will not fully met household food needs. Consequently, Crisis (IPC 3!) outcomes are projected through the end of the lean season (March). In the districts of Amboasary, Ampanihy, Betioky, Betroka, outcomes will be slightly better, in line with Stressed (IPC Phase 2 or 2!).  

    • In the South, food prices continue to be well above average, limiting food access for market dependent poor households. For example in Ambovombe, maize prices are currently 127 percent above the 2010-2014 average. Similarly, domestic and imported rice prices are up 34 percent and cassava prices are up 31 percent. 

    • Outside of the South, export cash crops (coffee, cloves and peppers) are currently being harvested. Vanilla flowering is noted to be plentiful for the current season, which is likely to produce above-average production. This, along with expected high farm gate prices (+5 percent compared to last year) will provide favorable incomes for households in this sector.  

    • The rainy season started on time in the Central high plains and the Southeast, which has allowed for normal crop development during the ongoing agricultural season. However, in MG23, MG02, and MG05, the rains have not yet started, representing a one week to one month delay which shouldn’t affect crop production. Although close monitoring is required, rainfall forecasts suggest favorable conditions for crop production. As a result, normal incomes from agricultural labor work is expected. 

    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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