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Poor pasture conditions are negatively affecting pastoral household incomes

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • May 2018
Poor pasture conditions are negatively affecting pastoral household incomes

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The early degradation of pastureland and water points in pastoral areas of the north and western Sahel regions, and in the Kayes and Koulikoro regions of the eastern Sahel, has led to a longer than average lean season. The decrease in livestock production and body conditions has decreased pastoral revenues and poor households’ access to purchased foods. In other parts of the country the pastoral lean season is normal.

    • Markets remain sufficiently supplied with cereals in most areas despite the seasonal decrease in availability and prices that remain above average. The decline in terms of trade for livestock/cereals in the pastoral areas and the early depletion of household stocks in production areas does not allow adequate market access for poor households.

    • The early lean season since March in northern pastoral areas, the western Sahel, the Goundam Lakes area, the Niger Delta and other parts of the country has led poor households to practice atypical coping strategies including decreasing non-food expenses, increasing income generating activities, and borrowing, to meet their food needs. As a result, they are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) level of food insecurity.

    • In the areas mentioned above, very poor households are not able to meet their food needs without external aid or resorting to negative coping strategies such as selling productive means, excessive livestock sales, and reduction in the amount of food per meal or the number of meals per day. They will be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) level of food insecurity from May to September.

    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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