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Normal Seasonal Progress

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • July 2017
Normal Seasonal Progress

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    • After an early start, the agricultural season is progressing normally with regular rains. Cumulative seasonal rainfall between April 1 and July 10 was above average, ranging between 79.5mm in 4 days in Gorom-Gorom (extreme north) and 523.5 mm in 32 days in Dissin (southwest). 

    • Despite the good seasonal progress, attacks by fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) threaten corn crops, especially in areas along the borders with coastal countries (Cascades, Sud-Ouest, Centre-Est and Est Regions).  As of July 1st, the agricultural services estimated the affected areas to be about 100 ha with infestation rates exceeding 50 percent. 

    • Due to destocking by major producers and traders, the availability of cereals in markets is good. Until the end of June, staple cereal prices, particularly maize and sorghum, remained stable compared to their respective five-year averages. However, the additional demand for millet for many uses during Ramadan, resulted in an 8 percent increase in prices compared to average. 

    • The early start of the season promotes higher demand for labor, but at a daily wage similar to the average of the past three years. In addition, the availability of market gardening products (greens), cow’s milk and cash transfers (in the Sahel, Est and Centre-Nord Regions), improves access to food for poor households, and allows them to be in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) level of acute food insecurity. 

    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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