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Assistance and green harvests strengthen food security in Kanem and Bahr-El Gazal

  • Key Message Update
  • Chad
  • September 2019
Assistance and green harvests strengthen food security in Kanem and Bahr-El Gazal

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Assistance and fishing cover most of the food needs of displaced people in Lac and face Stress (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity. They also have maize and millet that they regularly buy on the market. Households in Tibesti consume dried meat but have great difficulty in accessing usual sources of income and the market that is poorly supplied. They are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity.

    • Harvests are expected to be below average in Kanem, Hadjer Lamis and Bahr-El-Gazal, but the presence of green harvests (fresh corn, cassava, cucumber, etc.) earlier than in normal year, coupled with the annual food distribution for poor and very poor households, have helped to improve their situation and will no longer be food insecure (IPC Phase 1).

    • Cumulated rainfall recorded at the end of August are in surplus in most agro-pastoral zones; some mild to moderate deficits compared to the same period of 2018 are reported in Abeche, Biltine, Mongo, Kelo and Pala. Cereals (maize, sorghum, millet) are in heading and maturing stages. Declines in biomass are recorded in Biltine, Megri and Mamdi.

    • The availability of food products from commercial stocks is currently reinforced by the green harvests. Seasonal demand is atypical and decreasing due to good household stock levels and new crops in sight. Cereal prices are down in most markets, with the exception of imported rice, which is rising as a result of lower supplies.

    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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