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Off-season harvest compromised by unseasonally high temperatures

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • January 2017
Off-season harvest compromised by unseasonally high temperatures

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Household food security in Lac Region continues to deteriorate due to additional pressure placed on host households’ food stocks by displaced households. In addition, food access is being limited by lower than usual income, reductions in agricultural labor wage rates, and above-average maize prices. AS a result, these areas are currently facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity and will deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) between February and May 2017. 

    • Food security in areas of Bahr el Ghazal and Wadi Fira that saw below average staple food production (by 6 and 11%, respectively) is starting to deteriorate as households exhaust food stocks. As a result, these areas will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity starting in February 2017. 

    • Trade flows with Libya continue to be constrained by the border closure that took effect on January 5, 2017 for security reasons. As a result, exports of camels, cattle, and sheep will likely remain very low and prices for imported staple food commodities are likely to increase in the Sahelian zone between now and at least May 2017. 

    • Off-season production in Guéra Region, and part of Salamet and Batha-Est have suffered from abnormal dryness due to atypically high temperatures during the heading and grain-filling stage of crop development. This has led to a drop in yields from approximately 1,100 kg/ha in a normal year to 750 kg/ha this year, with below-average production ultimately leading to an early exhaustion of household food stocks.  

    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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