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Insecurity and COVID-19 increase poor households' vulnerability to food insecurity

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • January 2021
Insecurity and COVID-19 increase poor households' vulnerability to food insecurity

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The average to above-average availability of pastures and water points is favorable to a normal pastoral lean season in the country. However, the disturbances in herd movements linked to insecurity are likely to affect livestock's access to adequate food in places in the northern and central regions, particularly in the Liptako Gourma area.

    • The restrictions linked to the upsurge of the COVID-19 pandemic and its geographic spread in the country such as maintaining the closure of land borders are negatively affecting economic activities in urban centers and migration movements. The resulting reduction in income limits the ability of poor households to adequately meet their food needs.

    • Household access to food is generally average thanks to the availability of own production and the seasonal decline in prices which are similar to slightly above the five-year average. The above average cereal production by 20 percent is conducive to sufficient market supply despite the security disruptions observed in the central, northern and northern regions of Ségou.

    • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity in the Liptako Gourma region, in places in the north of the country, will continue until May due to the aftermath of insecurity and COVID-19 on livelihoods.

    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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