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Food insecurity is deteriorating in the Sahel

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • May 2018
Food insecurity is deteriorating in the Sahel

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The increase of insecurity is limiting access to pastures for herds in the lake Chad region. The deterioration of livestock body conditions reinforces the decrease in prices. Despite the current harvests of the cold off-season, pressure from displaced populations on existing stocks reduces food consumption for households and the lake Chad region will remain in Crisis (IPC phase 3) until September

    • The pastoral situation keeps deteriorating due to the rarefaction of pasture in Sahelian areas. Livestock body condition is low, and the price of animals keeps decreasing. Households in these areas, including in Moyen Chari, Mandoul and Tandjilé will be in Stress (IPC Phase 2), the other areas remaining in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) between May and September. 

    • The 2018-2019 agricultural campaign precipitations have started 1 to 2 dekads early. Planting started in the first dekad of May in Sud Chari Baguirmi, Guera, Moyen Chari, South and Center of Salamat and Eastern Sila. Precipitations allowed spontaneous vegetation to grow. Pasture is still average and will be until the beginning of June. 

    • An atypical increase in prices of maize and millet has been observed in Moussoro (respectively of 16 and 7 percent), and for sorghum in Guereda (+19 percent), when compared to average. Increases are due to low maize production in Lac in 2017, low stocks of millet in Moussoro and long distances to reach supply sources (southern part of the country). Current prices are limiting access and deterioration the situation in the Sahel.

    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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