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Decline in rice production has led to an early lean season along the Niger River

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • March 2017
Decline in rice production has led to an early lean season along the Niger River

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Average to above-average availability of foodstuffs in markets favors good market sourcing across the country. Prices of staple foods are slightly below average which is favorable for average access to food at markets by the majority of households. 

    • Pasture conditions are worse than usual and unusual concentrations of herds from Niger and Burkina Faso, will adversely affect livestock weight and productivity. The resulting drop in prices and production will reduce the income and the availability of animal products for households that do not have the means to maintain their livestock.

    • The early lean season, due to the significant decline in rice production in the Niger Delta of Mopti, and the river valley of Timbuktu and Gao, is causing poor households to resort atypically manual labor, forest product production, and reduction of non-food expenses. As a result, they will be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity from March until September. 

    • Residual insecurity in the regions of Timbuktu Gao, and northern Mopti and Segou regions continues to affect trade flows and the normal provisioning of markets. The resultant internal displacement weakens the livelihoods of about 45,766 people (DTM, March 2017), who are at least in Stressed (IPC Phase 2). 

    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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