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Despite seasonal improvement in food consumption across the country, Gao and Menaka remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • November 2023
Despite seasonal improvement in food consumption across the country, Gao and Menaka remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The near average harvests are contributing to near average food availability across the country and average household access to cereals. As such, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are underway for the majority of households in the country's agricultural zones. In the insecure areas of Liptako Gourma and the northern regions, households face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity despite the harvest, due to the sharp deterioration in livelihoods linked to persistent insecurity. In Ménaka and Ansongo circle, households are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) due to the resurgence of insecurity, which has led to a significant drop in agro-pastoral production, food and income opportunities, and the displacement of more than 50 percent of the population of Ménaka, leading to large food consumption gaps.
    • Persistent insecurity and ongoing military offensives in the northern and central regions of the country continue to disrupt economic activities in these areas. Reduced employment opportunities, dysfunctional markets and the resulting displacement of populations are leading to a deterioration in livelihoods, reducing the ability of households to adequately meet their food and non-food needs.
    • Household access to food is improving thanks to the country's generally average harvests. In agropastoral areas, own production, remuneration in kind and donations/zakat all contribute to average household access to food. However, high prices for staple cereals, up more than 30 percent on the five-year average, and the deterioration in the terms of trade between livestock and cereals, continue to limit poor households' access to food in urban centers and pastoral areas.
    • Average to good livestock breeding conditions in the country at the end of the rainy season point to a normal pastoral lean season for livestock from April onwards, with the exception of the northern regions, where conditions are slightly below those of an average year. However, the resurgence of insecurity in the central and northern parts of the country is disrupting livestock movements, making access to pasture difficult in places. This will reduce the level of livestock production, as well as pastoral income and, consequently, access to food for pastoral households.

    Recommended citation: FEWS NET. Mali Key Message Update November 2023: Despite seasonal improvement in food consumption across the country, Gao and Menaka remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3), 2023.

    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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