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Most markets are well-supplied, though some locations have below-normal supply

  • Key Message Update
  • West Africa
  • February 2018
Most markets are well-supplied, though some locations have below-normal supply

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The above-average 2017/18 production forecasts and the current harvests of market garden products allow sufficient supply of markets and the rebuilding of household stocks. With the implementation of usual livelihood strategies, most households in the region are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity. However, poor pastures and water points in western Mauritania, northern Senegal, northeastern Chad and in parts of pastoral areas in Mali and Niger remain a concern for livestock.

    • Persistent insecurity in the Lake Chad Basin and northern Mali continues to disrupt food flows in these and adjacent areas. In many countries, local grain supplies are below average due to retention in production basins. In general, cereal prices are above average; They are higher in Nigeria, due to the depreciation of the Naira and high transport costs, and in Mauritania due to production deficits and government measures.

    • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels of food insecurity are already affecting poor households in the regions of Wadi Fira, Kanem, Barh El Gazel, Batha and Moyen Chari in Chad and those in the center of the rainfed zone in Mauritania due to bad harvests. Beginning in March, these levels of food insecurity will affect the Goundam Lakes, the Niger Delta, parts of the Western Sahel, Gourma de Gao, and Timbuktu in Mali, and poor households in the pastoral areas of Tahoua, Agadez, Zinder and Maradi in Niger.

    • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity affects many households in the Diffa area, the western agropastoral zone and the Lake Chad region because of the ongoing Boko Haram conflict that continues to disrupt livelihoods; in CAR because of the armed conflict; and the western part of the agropastoral zone in Mauritania due to the failure of crops and pastures, and could affect poor households in the rainfed farming area beginning in April.

    • In Nigeria, despite the general improvement in security conditions and better access for humanitarian workers to conflict-affected populations, the latter are experiencing acute food insecurity at the Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) level in northern Yobe and in much of Borno States, and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in the outlying areas of Sambisa Forest (South Borno and Yobe States) and in the far north of Adamawa State. Food security conditions could be worse in areas that are still inaccessible.

    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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