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Lower staple food prices in the Far-North, although high prices in urban markets in the English-speaking areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • January 2019
Lower staple food prices in the Far-North, although high prices in urban markets in the English-speaking areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In the Far North, due to conflict and below average incomes, poor households (hosts and IDPs) will likely continue to face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. The security situation is currently stable, but remains marked by some isolated conflict events by Boko Haram, in particular along bordering regions (Mayo Sava, Mato Tsanaga, and Logone and Chari) with Nigeria. In addition, recent attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria’s town of Rann have resulted in approximately 9,000 people who have sought refuge in the region (OCHA). 

    • In this region, poor households do not currently use the market to access food as they are consuming foods from their harvest. In the primary markets, staple food prices are below last years prices and the five-year average. The recovery to a normal level of exports of cash crops, livestock, and fish to Nigeria remains tentative. As a result, prices for these products remain below average.

    • In the English-speaking (North-west and South-west) and surrounding regions, poor households and IDPs are currently experiencing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. The security situation remains precarious and is characterized by kidnapping by secessionist groups. Displacement has also affected livelihoods and many households have exhausted their staple food stocks in rural areas. In the South West region, WFP and partners started distribution of humanitarian food assistance in late-December for about one-third of IDPs.

    • In addition to displacement, conflict continues to prevent producers from accessing their plantations disrupting the normal operation of agribusiness companies and industries (plantain, cocoa, and palm oil). In urban markets, the availability of maize, beans, tubers, cassava, and other cassava derivatives is below average. Prices of farm products are low in rural areas (due to the lack of buyers), but are high in urban markets. In Ndop (Southwest) for example, a bucket of corn is usually 2,500 FCFA and is now 3,000 to 3,500 FCFA.  

    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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