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Green harvests expected to start across most of the country in June

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • May 2021
Green harvests expected to start across most of the country in June

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Households in the Northwest and Southwest regions will start consuming green harvests of staple foods like beans, potatoes and corn in June. However, they will remain primarily market dependent and face some food consumption gaps. They will likely remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until the harvests in July. Despite anticipated below average production, households will consume their own production and a seasonal drop in prices will improve purchasing power. Food insecurity will improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes for most of the North West and South West regions until September, with the exception of the departments worst affected by insecurity such as Menchum, Momo and Lebialem where production and humanitarian access remain very low.

    • Current trends in COVID-19 cases averaging 2,600 new cases per day, and the possibility of new variants, are leading the government to maintain preventive measures such as social distancing and restriction to gatherings and movements. Economic activities continue to operate at below average levels, which has a negative impact on daily incomes and employment opportunities for poor urban households. The COVID-19 vaccination campaign is progressing across the country but does not appear to have a substantial impact on mitigating the COVID-19 epidemic in the short to medium term.

    • In the Far North, household food reserves are depleting according to typical seasonal trends. The seasonal rise in grain prices is near average levels, although increasing demand from Nigeria is increasing the prices of some staple foods above typical levels. The price of newly harvested dry season sorghum is between 30 and 40 percent above last year and 10 to 12 percent more than the five-year average, with atypical increases linked to increased smuggling into northeast Nigeria.

    • Poor households in the departments worst affected by insurgent activity including Logone and Chari, Mayo Tsanaga and Mayo Sava, are expected to continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes during the lean season from June to August, due to below average main and off-season production. In addition, the persistence of attacks, kidnappings and looting are expected to disrupt agricultural activities for the upcoming season in most of the affected villages.

    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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