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The Far-North continues to be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • August 2018
The Far-North continues to be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Due to regular rainfall in the Far-North, seasonal rainfall accumulation is average with crops growing normally and cereal crops are in the flowering stage. Also, traders who store grains have started to destock grains. In addition, imports of maize from northern neighbors, particularly sorghum from Chad, contribute to the average grain supply in markets.

    • Maize prices, the main cereal in markets, are stable compared to the 5-year average, accept in Mora market in the department of Mayo-Sava where the maize price is 23 percent above the 5-year average. The prices of rainy and dry season sorghum remains about 15 percent above average due to low market availability. In most regional markets, except for the central market of Maroua, households sell at least two small ruminants compared to the usual one ruminant in a normal year to purchase a 100kg bag of sorghum.  

    • To generate income and market access, poor households (IDPs and hosts) have intensified the use of agricultural labor and the sale of wood or charcoal compared to normal. Continued food assistance in the Far-North (distribution of complete food and cash rations by WFP and ICRC) reaches 41 percent of the population (refugees, IDPs, and hosts) facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. The assistance contributes to Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes throughout the region.

    • The security situation in Far-North remains precarious and recently has been marked by deadly incursions by Boko Haram, kidnappings, attempted suicide bombings, and the theft of more than 200 heads of cattle. In the English-speaking regions, the North-west and South-west, armed classes between security forces and the secessionist movement has displaced households, disrupting commercial and agriculture activities as fields and harvests have been abandoned and warehouses and industrial areas have been destroyed.

       

    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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