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A longer and more difficult lean season than normal in the Far North

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • July 2018
A longer and more difficult lean season than normal in the Far North

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • In the last three months, insecurity has decreased in the Far North Region, although there have been a few incidents by Boko Haram in villages boarding Nigeria and in the department of Diamare. The rainy season continues as normal and favors the continued development of normal agriculture activities. In comparison, the security situation has deteriorated in the Southwest and Northwest Regions with an increased number of IDPs, (over 180,000 displaced since the end of 2018, from Human Rights Watch) negatively impacting the ongoing agriculture season and other socioeconomic activities.

    • To get through this lean season, households will sell more livestock than normal with a 15 percent reduction in market prices compared to the period prior to the lean season. Households with only a few livestock, will borrow from market vendors or exchange manual labor on farms for food or money (1000 to 1500 CFA per day of work). In addition, adults will limit their meal consumption to one meal per day instead of the normal two meals per day for the lean season.

    • The opening of trade routes with Nigeria and Chad, cereal destocking by traders, and the dry season rice harvest favor a normal supply of cereals in the main markets across the region. However, due to the increased household dependence on the market during the peak of the lean season, the price of rainy and dry season sorghum are 29 and 38 percent, respectively, above their 5-year average. The price of corn remains stable, except for the Mora market in the Mayo-Sava department where the price is 27 percent increase.

    • Humanitarian assistance continues (distribution of complete rations with food and cash by the WFP and ICRC) to reach 25 percent of IDP and host populations. It continues to help stabilize food security for households to be in Stress (IPC Phase 2!) in the region. Starting in October, access to the new harvest will allow the majority of poor households to have normal food consumption. Although, the continued insecurity, does not allow households to recover their normal livelihoods.  

    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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