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Livelihoods are under pressure for poor households in the north of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • March 2016
Livelihoods are under pressure for poor households in the north of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Disruptions in trade related to insecurity in the north are negatively affecting supplies in certain areas of the Timbuktu and Gao regions as well as north of the Mopti and Segou regions. Terms of exchange for goats/millet are higher compared to the average, but are not benefitting poor pastoral households in Gao and Timbuktu who do not have livestock to sell.

    • The pastoral lean season is on -going with pasture and water points for livestock generally at normal levels for this time of year throughout the country. Poor households in the northern pastoral areas of Gao and Timbuktu are resorting to atypical coping strategies including migration and reduced spending for non-food items. Reduced pastoral incomes are keeping these households in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity until September. 

    • Early market dependence in February as opposed to normal timing in March/April in other years is affecting poor households in the lakes area of Gaundam because of lower agricultural production.  These households have above average food needs that is beyond their local capacity, reduced economic opportunity and has put livelihoods under pressure. Three years of Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity will continue until September.

    • Above average cereal production and average off season harvests expected in June have led to improved cereal availability across the country at least through the next harvest in October 2016.  Average to below average cereal prices are improving household food access. The majority of the country is thus experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity until September. 

    For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for February – September 2016

    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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