Key Message Update

Staple food prices remain at seasonally normal levels following near-average harvests

January 2016
2015-Q4-1-1-BF-en

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

  • Most poor households are meeting their food needs through own production, while household demand on markets for staple foods remains low. Nevertheless, markets are well supplied with staple foods and cereal prices are similar to the five-year average on most markets. 

  • In the North Transhumant Pastoralism and Millet Livelihood Zone (Zone 8) in the far north of the country, livestock continue to benefit from good water and feed availability, with good body conditions supporting favorable prices for sellers. In December, prices for small ruminants in particular ranged from near average to 14 percent above the five-year average, depending on the market. 

  • Main off-season income earning activities, including gold mining and market gardening, are operating normally in an environment marked by good water availability and prices for these commodities near the five-year average. Income from these activities will remain available as normal and will facilitate household food access until the start of the rainy season in May/June 2016. 

  • Based on the above factors, poor households will have normal food access and remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) through at least March 2016.

     

    For more detailed analysis, please see the Burkina Faso Food Security Outlook for October 2015 to March 2016.

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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