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Off-season production is delayed by flood waters

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • November 2022
Off-season production is delayed by flood waters

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The presence of floodwaters in agricultural areas is delaying harvesting in most of the southern zone (Tandjilé, Mayo Kebbi Est) and the start of off-season activities in the center of the country (Batha, Guéra, Salamat). In addition to this, recurring attacks by non-state armed groups in the Lac Province and the resulting population movements from the island localities are reducing cold season plantings.

    • As a result of the relatively good production from the rainfed agricultural season, the available pastoral resources are sufficient to cover the food and water needs for animals in pastoral areas, improving the body condition of livestock. This allows for a slight increase in the price of livestock markets following a slight increase in export demand to Sudan, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Flooding of transhumance corridors is delaying livestock movements to the south of the country.

    • Civil insecurity persists in the Lac Region as well as in the agropastoral areas of the country. This continues to disrupt typical livelihood activities. A resurgence of farmer-herder conflicts has been reported in Mandoul (Peni) with loss of life, property and livestock. In Lac, livelihoods were significantly disrupted by attacks on military positions and island locations by armed groups coupled with flooding. Despite repeated incursions during the season, these remain below the average for the past five years.

    • Due to humanitarian assistance, harvests, and the availability of harvested products, displaced and host households in the Lac Province and West Sahel (BEG, Kanem), populations are experiencing Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) food insecurity. They cannot afford to spend money on non-food items. In some localities in the Sudanian zone (Mandoul, Mayo Kebbi East, N'Djamena, Lac Iro), the consequences of flooding, clashes between farmers and herders, and declines in income are affecting the ability of households to meet their non-food needs and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2).  Despite the drop in production during the rainy season, the other agricultural and agro-pastoral localities in the south are Minimally food insecure (IPC Phase 1) thanks to the new crops being harvested and the products gathered.

    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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