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Households in BEG and Kanem are in Stress due to the impact of COVID-19 and insecurity

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • May 2021
Households in BEG and Kanem are in Stress due to the impact of COVID-19 and insecurity

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Despite the slight recovery following the partial lifting of measures against COVID-19 (face mask, night curfew), the livelihoods of very poor and poor households continue to be affected. Indeed, the employment opportunities and remittances of permanent and seasonal migrants continue to be limited by the slowdown in economic activities and the cost of transport.

    • With the exception of Western Sahel (BEG, Kanem) where supply is down slightly due to recent politico-military events, supply is normal in most of the country's cereal markets. Despite the drop in income, demand for cereals is increasing due to the gradual depletion of household cereal stocks. Cereal flows from N’Djamena, Ouadaï and Sila towards the Western Sahel and the provinces of Borkou and Tibesti are intensifying to compensate for the decrease in the volume of food products imported from Libya and Sudan. In early May, above-average prices were observed for millet in Moussoro (11%), maize in Bol (13%) and Ngouri (23%), due to high transport costs.

    • In the Lac region, the resumption of attacks in early May 2021 by elements of the Islamic State West African Province (Boko Haram) continues to cause population movements. An increase of around 92% in the number of displaced persons was recorded at the end of April 2021 compared to the same period of 2020, reaching 401,511 people (IOM). In early May 2021, population movements fleeing hostilities in CAR were reported by UNHCR and its partners following a multisectoral assessment.

    • Given the persistent insecurity in the Lac region and the depletion of cereal stocks, displaced and host households could face consumption deficits in the absence of humanitarian assistance and are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3). Insecurity in Tibesti continues to affect livelihoods in the northern provinces (Borkou, Ennedi, Tibesti) which are under stress (IPC Phase 2). The depletion of cereal stocks coupled with low levels of household income following the economic slowdown due to COVID-19 is affecting food security at BEG, Kanem, Mayo Kebbi, Ouaddaï, Wadi Fira. These areas are facing Stress (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. The other provinces of the country are minimally food insecure (IPC Phase 1).

    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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