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Increase in household demand for cereal products in markets

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • April 2017
Increase in household demand for cereal products in markets

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Throughout the country, staple cereal prices are stable compared to last year and also compared to the five year average. However, in the extreme north of the country, as household cereal stocks declined, demand for cereals in markets increased, causing localized price increases for certain commodities. The price of millet and sorghum has increased between 7 and 14 percent compared to last year and to the five year average respectively, in the region’s principle markets: Djibo, Titao, Seytenga and Arbinda. 

    • The pastoral lean season that began in March, is particularly characterized by the inadequate amount of natural fodder to support normal livestock feeding. However, water for animals is still available in some places. The fodder deficit has led to a price increase of about 17 percent for agro-industrial by-products, which are still available in markets and are now the main source of feed for livestock.

    • The security situation in the extreme north of the country, which has improved slightly with the ongoing intervention against the jihadists by the army, remains precarious and the return to normal market functioning is cautious. Market gardening activities in locations with normally sufficient water have declined significantly in most regions as a result of the drying up of rivers. Gold panning sites are still in full activity and are experiencing a strong influx of labor due to stable gold purchasing prices in the past few months that are in line with the five year average. 

    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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