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Atypically high staple food prices in the Far North

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • January 2018
Atypically high staple food prices in the Far North

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • With below-average harvests and market disruptions, the Far North has seen above-average (2013-2016) grain prices: on average a 31 percent price increase for rainfed sorghum and a 28 percent price increase for maize. Because of the fragile security situation, some important corridors of transaction with Nigeria (Fotokol, Banki) are closed or operate slowly. Added to this is the looting of shops and the racketeering of suppliers by armed groups. As a result, grain supplies remain low in markets compared to normal.

    • The low levels of water access points are negatively affecting market gardening activities in the usual production areas and causing difficulties in watering animals. This aggravates the lack of economic opportunity created by insecurity, which results in decreased demand for labor and slows small trade opportunities, that are some of the main sources of income for poor households. Additionally, this adds to livestock feed difficulties that negatively affect the quality of animals presented on local markets. With larger supply than demand, due to lower exports to Nigeria, animal prices are below normal levels.

    • Ongoing humanitarian assistance (food distribution) covers about 25 percent of the poor, including IDPs (315,016) and refugees in the Minawao site (59,479). Other ongoing or planned actions are aimed at strengthening resilience through the recapitalization of livestock, support for production, and the establishment of community grain reserves. However, most poor households have to resort to the market for their food with limited income. This causes them to remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or worse from April to May 2018.

    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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