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Stressed food insecurity expected in northern lake areas beginning in April

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • December 2014
Stressed food insecurity expected in northern lake areas beginning in April

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • National cereal production is up by about 11.7 percent compared to the five-year average, leading to a production surplus. The harvests are allowing for good cereal availability for farming households and good market supply across the country for the 2015 consumption year.

    • Poor household food access is improving because of the availability of own-harvest production, declining cereal prices and in-kind harvest payments in cultivation areas. Conditions are similar for pastoral households benefiting from above-average sale prices. Most poor households across the country are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity through March 2015.

    • Due to the significant decline in agricultural and pastoral production, poor households in and around Gao, Bourem and the lake areas of Goundam and Hausa Niafunké are expected to rely on coping strategies early in 2015 to meet their food needs. Poor households will depend on the unusual intensification of migration and local labor as well as borrowing to mitigate their difficulties in meeting their food needs as they face Stress (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity beginning in April 2015.

    • The cases of Ebola recorded in the country in October have not yet led to a great disruption in terms of access to food and economic activities. Trade flows and population movements are continuing both internally and with Guinea, which is allowing markets to remain regularly supplied.


      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for October to March.


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    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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