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Crisis acute food insecurity persists in the Lake Chad region

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • May 2017
Crisis acute food insecurity persists in the Lake Chad region

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Despite the above-average harvests seen last year, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity will continue in the Lake Chad region until at least September with the early depletion of household stocks due to the high level of displacement, high cereal prices, and low sale prices for small ruminants.  Other areas in the Sahelian and Sudanian zones will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2).

    • The 2017/18 agricultural season is characterized by a one to two week early start to the rainy season in the Sudanian zone. The early precipitation led to spontaneous germination, and trigger some to begin early planting. At the end of April, planting was achieved in eastern and western Mayo-Kebbi regions, as well as southeast Tandjilé.

    • Pastoral resource availability has deteriorated atypically quick in the north of Kanem, BEG, Batha, and Wadi Fira regions where no pasture remains. This has caused an early start to the pastoral lean season marked by transhumant movements southward beginning in January instead of March to areas like Mégri and Dar-Tama in Wadi Fira.

    • Price trends are somewhat higher for millet, sorghum, and maize compared to what was seen in the first quarter of the year due to the approach of Ramadan. However, prices remain below the five-year average in most cereal markets. Never the less, atypically high price are observed in Léré (+42 percent) and  Kélo (+12 percent) due to high demand.

    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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