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Humanitarian support is needed for poor households in the Goundam Lakes area, the Inner Niger Delta and Gourma

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • July 2018
Humanitarian support is needed for poor households in the Goundam Lakes area, the Inner Niger Delta and Gourma

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The progress of the agricultural season is normal across the country. The healthy recovery of the rains in late June-early July has led to an intensification of field work (land preparation, manure spreading, sowing, etc.) that provide income and food opportunities for households that depend on it.

    • The revival of pastures and water points thanks to the June-July rains eased the difficulties of the pastoral lean season in the Western Sahel and the pastoral zones of the regions of Gao and Timbuktu. Animal production (milk, butter, cheese), although low compared to the average and the improvement of animal body conditions are favorable for increased incomes and food availability for pastoral households.

    • Market supply of cereals remains average throughout the country, despite the seasonal decline in supply, which is greater than in the normal year. Higher grain prices, between 5 and 35 percent above the five-year average, as well as declining livestock-grain terms of trade, are negatively affecting poor pastoral and agropastoral households' access to food.

    • Poor households in the Goundam Lakes, Gourma Lakes, and in parts of the Inner Niger Delta and Western Sahel are resorting to atypical coping strategies to meet their food needs due to early depletion of stocks and market access difficulties, pending the expected harvest in October. As a result, they find themselves in a situation of Stress (Phase 2! IPC) with the need for humanitarian support until October.

    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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