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Staple cereal prices remain unusually high

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • March 2018
Staple cereal prices remain unusually high

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    • In February the government began to sell cereals at a subsidized price to regulate staple food prices in markets. At the same time, they mobilized 32,000 tons of cereals to continue this program through the end of the year. Meanwhile, in most markets, prices continue to move seasonally above the five-year average, with average increases of 15 percent for maize, 25 percent for millet and 24 percent for sorghum.

    • In livelihood zones 7 and 8, in the north of the country, a deterioration of the security situation was indicated by an increase in attacks by armed groups, causing internal displacement of communes along the border with Mali to areas farther south. Programs in charge of social action estimate that around 12,500 people have been displaced and have made 3 months’ worth of cereals available to them.

    • In this part of the country where most poor households earn their income through livestock or gold panning, prices of cereals 20 to 33 percent higher than the five-year average, and the stability of the prices for gold and small ruminants, are not favorable to household access to food from markets. While households’ stocks are nearly depleted, terms of trade for livestock/cereals are 15 percent lower than the five-year average. Therefore, beginning in April, the degradation in access to food will place poor households in livelihood zone 8 in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) that will extend to livelihood zone 7 in June.

    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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