Key Message Update

Decline in incomes due to COVID-19 is increasing poor households’ vulnerability to food insecurity

May 2020

May 2020

Carte des résultats estimés plus probables de la sécurité alimentaire, avril à mai 2020: La plupart du pays est en Minimal (Phase 1 de l'IPC), sauf que parties de Kayes, Mopti, Segou, Gao, et Tombouctou qui sont en Stress (Phase 2 de l'IPC)

June - September 2020

Carte des résultats estimés plus probables de la sécurité alimentaire, juin à septembre 2020: La plupart du pays est en Minimal (Phase 1 de l'IPC), sauf que parties de Kayes, Mopti, Segou, Gao, et Tombouctou qui sont en Stress (Phase 2 de l'IPC), et partis de Mopti et Gao qui sont en Crise (Phase 3 de l'IPC)

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC v3.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • The spread of COVID-19 to all regions of Mali, except Kidal, and the difficulties in contact tracing are concerns in the country and are putting a strain on the already limited care capacity of health structures. The resulting economic disruptions of COVID-19 are increasing vulnerability to food insecurity particularly in urban areas and in migrant transfer areas.

  • Market food supplies remain sufficient throughout the country despite disruptions in the areas of insecurity and movement restrictions with neighboring countries due to COVID-19. Cereal prices are generally similar to or below the five-year average and increasing terms of trade for goat/cereals are favorable for average household access to food.

  • Ongoing humanitarian assistance from the Malian Government and humanitarian agencies to more than 1,200,000 people is improving access to food for poor households in the current pre-lean season period that has been marked by decreased incomes due to measures to combat COVID-19. The setting of price ceilings and the exemptions to restrictions granted to food importers are conducive to maintaining adequate household access to markets.

  • The ongoing early lean season in the Western Sahel, Liptako Gourma, and parts of the north of the country, resulting from early stock depletion and declining incomes, is leading to the use atypical of coping strategies by poor households. These households find themselves in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) while those in Liptako Gourma with severely degraded livelihoods in a very insecure environment, particularly for the displaced, will find themselves in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) from June to September 2020.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on approximately 30 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS, and CHC-UCSB, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica.
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Link to United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Link to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) FEWS NET Data PortalLink to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Link to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth ObservatoryLink to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, Climage Prediction CenterLink to the Climate Hazards Center - UC Santa BarbaraLink to KimetricaLink to Chemonics