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Good rains are improving food conditions thanks to early harvests and access to milk

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • September 2016
Good rains are improving food conditions thanks to early harvests and access to milk

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The accumulation of rain up to September 10th, 2016 shows a situation of moderate to large excess (central Salamat and borders of Ouaddai and Wadi Fira) and the equivalent in all agricultural regions from North to South to areas of slight deficits (central Mayo-Kebbi Est and extreme northern agricultural regions). Harvest projections indicate national production levels to be above-average.

    • Food conditions of poor households in food insecure areas (the Sahel) are markedly improving thanks to early harvests (maize, cassava, sweet potato, and peanuts), as well as wild food products and milk availability. Nevertheless, their contribution to food consumption remains limited until October when the main harvests will improve food insecurity to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in all areas except the Lac Region. In the Soudanian area, households are consuming fresh maize, which is improving their food rations.

    • The plant health situation is globally calm despite the appearance of grasshoppers in certain Sahelian regions. The areas infested are currently being monitoring by local plant-health bases that are noting the lack of treatment products for serious cases in certain areas like Wadi Fira; this could have an impact on pasturelands and the plant stocks that are in maturity phases.

    • The security situation due to Boko Haram is restricting the normal circulation of goods and people and compromising the agro-forestry-pastoral activities in certain areas of the Lac Region. New population movements are increasing displacement numbers. The situation of refugees, returnees, and host populations is calm given the food distribution that is continuing and keeping, from October, this part of the country in a food situation of Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) until at least January.

       

      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for June 2016 to January 2017.

    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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