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Household food access is average due to average to above-average harvests

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • November 2020
Household food access is average due to average to above-average harvests

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The average to above average harvests registered among 85.5 percent of households favor average food availability of cereals during the 2020/21 consumption year, despite the pockets of deficit of about 17 percent linked to the floods in the Gao rice growing areas. Production deficits are also recorded in the areas of Mopti and Timbuktu due to flooding and also related to insecurity in the region of Mopti.

    • Access to food is average thanks to the availability of own production and the prices of cereals similar or lower than the average. The average to above average availability of animal products and the improvement in the terms of trade for livestock / cereals are favorable to average access for pastoralists. As a result, the majority of households are in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity.

    • The persistence of insecurity in the northern and central regions and the north of Ségou and the negative impacts of COVID-19 in urban centers continue to disrupt socio-economic activities in the areas concerned. The resulting degradation of livelihoods affects the ability of poor households to adequately meet their food and non-food needs.

    • Stress (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity persists in the Liptako Gourma area, especially among poor displaced households and in some areas in the north of the country thanks to the availability of the own harvest, the drop in cereal prices and the improvement of the terms of trade that will continue until May, after which time humanitarian assistance remains necessary to avoid a degradation to worse phases.

    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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