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Poor households in the anglophone regions are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • January 2022
Poor households in the anglophone regions are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Due to below-average harvests and low stocks carried over from last season, poor households in the conflict-affected Northwest and Southwest regions will consume their limited crops in February, two to three months earlier than before the conflict. The lean season will begin a month early, from February, and will result in premature market dependence which will persist until September 2022.

    • In a context of high market dependency, poor households will not be able to buy enough food to meet their basic needs due to high market prices and low incomes, leading to food consumption deficits and unsustainable coping strategies such as borrowing money, skipping meals, and sending children to eat elsewhere. These outcomes are indicative of Crisis (IPC Phase 3). However, poor households are expected to improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in July 2022 with the start of the dry harvest.

    • In the Far North, high prices for staple grains are further exacerbating restricted access to food for poor households, particularly for those affected by the insurgency in the Logone et Chari, Mayo Sava, and Mayo Tsanaga departments, who are opting to purchase sorghum and maize because of poor harvests. Wholesale sorghum prices in the reference markets are expected to average 20 to 25 percent above the five-year average for March to May despite recent government-imposed grain export restrictions.

    • More poor households than originally estimated are expected to be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in Extrême-Nord from March, and during the lean season until August, due to rising staple food prices amid high market dependency and low purchasing power.

    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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