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A normal start to the agricultural season

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • August 2018
A normal start to the agricultural season

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Since the first dekad of July, the temporal distribution of rainfall has been normal, except for the far east of the country that experienced slight deficits, but overall the region’s cumulative rainfall from the April 1st to August 10th has been above-average to average compared to 2007-2016 mean cumulative rainfall.  This regularity of rain has allowed farmers to speed up planting and has also helped decrease or stabilize attacks by fall armyworm.

    • Due to the normal start to season and ongoing humanitarian assistance, traders and large producers are in the process of selling their remaining stocks. This favors a normal availability of cereals at markets. At the national level, cereal prices have been stable overall for the past two months. However, in comparison to the five-year average, cereal prices are 16, 25, and 24 percent above average for maize, millet, and sorghum respectively.

    • Currently, poor households in areas of concern in the north of the country are primarily dependent on market purchases and food aid to meet their needs. The ongoing humanitarian assistance that is concentrated in livelihoods zones 8, 7 and 5 are reaching 37, 26 and 24 percent of populations in these zones respectively, and allow them to have two meals per day as they would in a normal year.

    • However, due to the greater than normal dependence on market purchases, the poor in the areas mentioned above are in greater debt than usual and cannot purchase fertilizers or pay for health expenditures without harming their livelihoods. This places them in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) level of food insecurity, because of humanitarian assistance.

    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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