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The number of security incidents and IDPs continues to increase

  • Key Message Update
  • Burkina Faso
  • September 2019
The number of security incidents and IDPs continues to increase

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The security situation is deteriorating sharply, with more than 40 terrorist group attacks in the last two months. These attacks have affected 8/13 regions with continuous flows of internally displaced persons estimated at more than 288,000. These IDPs now represent nearly 60 percent of the population in Djibo commune and more than 20 percent in several other communes in the north of the country (Nassoumbou, Kelbo, Arbinda, Déou, Dablo, Barsalogho, Pensa, Kaya). These incidents prevent the regular delivery of assistance, pushing IDPs and host populations in Soum province and surrounding communes to adopt Crisis (IPC Phase 3) strategies or worse access to food.

    • Since the beginning of the season, increased attacks and displacement have deprived people of their livelihoods with the abandonment of fields, loss of livestock and reduced gold mining activities. In the far north in particular, where granivorous birds usually gather between September and October, attacks by granivorous birds could be more severe due to reduced areas planted, limited population movements for control, and the absence of the phytosanitary monitoring services.

    • From the third dekad of July to the first dekad of August there were dry spells of 7 to 15 days in several localities in the Western regions (Boucles du Mouhoun and Hauts-Bassins), the second and third dekads of August recorded exceptional daily rains (68 to 142 mmm), resulting in localized flooding in the same regions and which had the potential to negatively impact crop yields. As a result, across the country, crop development is delayed. 

    • Due to crop development delays, reduced areas and abandonment of fields due to insecurity, and likely more severe attacks by granivorous birds, agricultural production in the north of the country will be below normal.

    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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