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Food insecurity persists in conflict zones

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • April 2019
Food insecurity persists in conflict zones

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The closure of the Libyan border and the ban on traditional gold mining continue to limit household income and market access in Tibesti; they are in crisis (IPC, Phase 3). In Lac, the resumption of conflict continues to disrupt markets and livelihoods; most IDPs are under pressure (IPC Phase 2!) thanks to humanitarian assistance.

    • Although trade flows have been limited for several months, the closure of the border with Libya further limits food supplies to Tibesti. Household food stocks are at a low level and incomes have fallen sharply as a result of the conflict, limiting food consumption. In the Lake, humanitarian assistance stabilizes the food consumption of displaced populations and refugees, but some basic expenses remain limited.

    • Most poor households, outside Tibesti and Lac, have a level of grain stock that can meet their needs thanks to good rainfed cereal production in 2018, recessional crops (berbéré) and vegetable products. As a result, they rely very little on the market and are currently experiencing Minimal Acute Food Insecurity (IPC, Phase 1).

    • The markets are well supplied by the good rainfed cereals recorded in 2018. However, the Tibesti markets are experiencing disturbances due to the closure of the border with Libya. In Lac, the markets are functioning, but slightly below normal because of the upsurge of conflicts. The decline in cereal prices continues with the exception of rice-growing areas.

    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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