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Despite harvests in the Far North, food insecurity remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to insecurity

  • Key Message Update
  • Cameroon
  • November 2020
Despite harvests in the Far North, food insecurity remains Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to insecurity

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    • Despite the improvement in the availability of food stocks for households in the Far North after two months of estimated average harvests, Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity persists in Logone and Chari, Mayo Sava and Mayo Tsanaga, where repeated Boko Haram attacks associated with kidnappings and looting continue to cause further displacement and disrupt normal livelihood activities. Recent attacks between October 30 and November 2, 2020 in Mora, Mayo Sava, displaced 959 people, according to IOM

    • Five months after the start of harvests in the North-West and South-West regions, the prices of staple foods produced locally in rural areas have atypically decreased. Rural households sell their products at lower than average prices due to the intensification of the conflict in September and October which disrupted trade flows to urban areas from the region's production basins, and due to the atypical increase in the sale of stocks to cover back-to-school expenses. Compared with October 2020, current maize prices are 15 percent lower in Kumbo, 13 percent in Fundong, 9 percent in Nkambe and 7 percent lower in Ndop. However, prices remain well above their five-year average. Below-average incomes from crop sales, coupled with prices that remain above their five-year average, continue to lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) throughout the region.

    • The off-season harvests of fresh beans, potatoes and maize that start in November in the Northwest and Southwest regions are likely to improve food availability and poor household incomes, but production is expected to be below average due to displacement of populations and reduced access to agricultural land, as most irrigated plains exploited for off-season production remain inaccessible. Income from the sale of coffee and cocoa continues to improve the purchasing power of poor households, although harvests remain well below average.

    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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