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Early rains are improving food security conditions in pastoral areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • July 2016
Early rains are improving food security conditions in pastoral areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The 2016/2017 agropastoral season has begun normally throughout the country following regular rains starting in early July. This is encouraging planting in all agricultural zones including more than 70 percent of Sila and part of Ouaddia (Assoungha and Abdi), meaning that this season is performing better at this point compared to average and reinforcing the Minimal (IPC Phase 1) conditions in the majority of the country.

    • Animals’ physical conditions are being reestablished thanks to the emergence of pasture lands throughout the agropastoral zone.  Populations practicing transhumance are following their normal seasonal movements and their food security is improving through revenues from milk products.  Given the adequate food consumption, the majority of pastoral households are in Minimal conditions (IPC Phase 1).

    • Cereal markets are well-supplied compared to average following the regular supply throughout the different production zones. Trader stocks continue to satisfy consumers’ needs given the regular supply assured by the large suppliers.  Cereal prices in July are globally stable for maize and rice and in decline for millet and sorghum compared to the five-year average.

    • Following persistent abuses by Boko Haram, populations in Lac Chad continue to flee toward large towns that are believed to be safer and villages like Kiskra, Ngouboua, and Tchoukoutalia have been abandoned in June/July.  According to the director of the Society for the Development of Lac (SODELAC) in Bagasola, resident families in Bol Department have taken in entire families of IDPs and this is heavily impacting the livelihoods of these resident households.  Consequently, the area remains in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

       

      For more detail, see the Food Security Outlook for June 2016 to January 2017.

    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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