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Border closure with Libya limits food availability in Tibesti

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • March 2019
Border closure with Libya limits food availability in Tibesti

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The recent closure of the border with Libya by the government and the recent events are disrupting Tibesti's supply routes. Households are affected by declining availability. As a result, livelihoods are deteriorating with limited food consumption and the area is facing Crisis (IPC, Phase 3) food security outcomes.

    • In the Lac region, sporadic recurrent attacks during the last semester are causing internal population movements. Displaced and refugee households have acceptable food consumption thanks to humanitarian assistance. Most of them would be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from May, in the absence of assistance. Host households are able to cover their food needs despite pressure from the displaced.

    • The final results published in mid-March by the Directorate of Agricultural Statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture indicate a cereal production of 3,021,973 tons, an increase of 12.6 per cent compared to the five-year average. However, some areas in the south (Mandoul, Tandjilé, Moyen Chari, Logone Oriental and Occidental) have small deficits and are currently facing minimal food insecurity. Households have a good level of stocks that could cover needs until May.

    • Markets are well supplied with food thanks to the good 2018 rainfed cereal crops and berberé, which strengthen cereal supply. Cereal prices are down, with the exception of rice-growing areas. On the other hand, the markets of Tibesti are poorly supplied because of the total closure of the borders with Libya and the levels of stocks are 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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