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Food security begins to deteriorate in the Sahelian zone as households exhaust their food stocks

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • March 2017
Food security begins to deteriorate in the Sahelian zone as households exhaust their food stocks

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Food security for poor households in BEG, Kanem, Guera, Tandjilé, and Wadi Fira continues to deteriorate as households exhaust their food stocks earlier than normal and begin to face livelihood protection deficits, resulting in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. Food security for households in Borkou and Tibesti will continue to be influenced by the security situation in southern Libya. 

    • Pressure on host households’ food reserves due to the presence of displaced households is leading to an earlier than normal exhaustion of food stocks and to food consumption deficits, with these households in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). This situation is also due to the high demand for maize from neighboring regions of BEG and Kanem where 2016/17 rain-fed production was below average.

    • On most markets, prices for millet, sorghum, and maize are below the five-year average thanks to favorable 2016/17 cereal production. In Abéché, millet prices in February 2017 were as low as 35 percent below the five-year average. In Massakory, maize prices are down by 33 percent compared to the five-year average. However, rice prices are higher than normal on main markets due to below-average production. 

    • The recent reopening of the border with Libya should facilitate increases in trade flows, benefitting households in northern areas of the country who depend on trade flows from Libya and whose food security should improve as trade returns to normal. However, compared to normal, trade flows still remain low. 

    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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