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Unusually high staple cereal prices

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • November 2017
Unusually high staple cereal prices

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Despite ongoing harvests, staple cereal prices have not declined as significantly as usual and remain above the five-year average by 4 percent for maize, 17 percent for millet and 9 percent for sorghum at the national level. Localized production deficits and pre-harvest bids by the Government for the replenishment of the national security stock (35,500 tons) will put pressure on the collection by traders, while producers will be cautious about the marketing of their stocks

    • Despite concerns about a difficult food security situation, we can see, on the one hand, households preparedness for market gardening activities and, on the other hand, an increase in the departure of laborers to gold mining sites and seasonal migrations. Water availability remains average for market gardening and the current price of one gram of gold (around 25,000 CFA francs) is considered encouraging.

    • Own production is usually the main source of food for households experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity. The average income from the sale of cash crops (mainly cowpeas, peanuts) enables them to meet non-food expenditures and maintain their livelihoods.

    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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