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Ongoing insecurity is leading to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes in the Liptako-Gourma Region

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • March 2020
Ongoing insecurity is leading to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes in the Liptako-Gourma Region

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The average to above-average food availability resulting from the recent main and off-season harvests is supporting average household access to food across the country. This is supported by the 52 percent increase in cereal production nationally and the near to average staple food prices, all of which is helping to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in most of the country.

    • Supplies of staple cereals at markets remain generally satisfactory despite security disruptions in the central and northern areas of the country. Below-average cereal prices overall and improved terms of trade for livestock/cereals are continuing to be conducive to average household access to food.

    • The early pastoral lean season in the north of Kayes Province and in areas of the north and center of the country, linked to difficulties in accessing pastureland, is causing unusual movements of livestock to the more secure areas of the region or neighboring regions, which risks the early degradation of pastoral resources in these host areas. The resulting drop in production and decrease in livestock body conditions limits pastoral income, which negatively affects the purchasing power of poor pastoralist households in these areas.

    • Stressed (IPC Phase 2) is expected from May onwards in the western Sahel and parts of the north of the country thanks to near-average food prices and average market supplies. In the Liptako Gourma region, the early lean season and declining incomes due to ongoing insecurity will limit poor households’ access to markets. These households will only be able to meet their food needs through atypical migration, borrowing in kind and in cash, and reducing the volume or even the number of meals. These households will therefore be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from June to September.

    • Since the discovery of the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 25, and the steady increase in cases through the end of March, has caused the government to strengthen measures control the spread of the virus. Throughout the country, there are now closures and restrictions of land and air borders, restaurants, bars, and schools, as well as the ban on gatherings of more than 50 people, and the introduction of a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. This will negatively affect the level of economic activities in the country.

    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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