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

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • January 2016
Staple food prices remain at seasonally normal levels following near-average harvests

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  • Key Messages
  • 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.


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    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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