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Improved household food access due to average ongoing green harvests

  • Key Message Update
  • Mali
  • September 2020
Improved household food access due to average ongoing green harvests

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The average availability of green crops of maize, legumes (cowpea, peanuts, voandzou) and some early varieties of millet, milk and dairy products, in addition to ongoing humanitarian assistance, are bringing the end of the agropastoral lean season across the country. The average to above-average harvests expected in October/November will further improve food availability and household food access.

    • Food supply at markets remains adequate throughout the country despite disruptions to flows linked to the persistence of insecurity in the central and northern areas of the country and climatic conditions that make access to some markets difficult. Cereal prices that are similar to or slightly above the five-year average, as well as rising terms of trade for goats and cereals, are favorable to average household food access.

    • The combined impact of COVID-19 restrictions and ECOWAS economic sanctions on the country is likely to worsen the already difficult food access situation for poor households. The decline in economic opportunities, and migrant remittances will limit the capacity of poor households to adequately meet their food and non-food needs.

    • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in the Liptako Gourma region and Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in the Western Sahel and parts of the northern part of the country in September will improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Minimal (IPC Phase 1), respectively, in October/November thanks to the availability of the national harvest, lower cereal prices, and improved terms of trade. Poor households that were victims of flooding - an estimated 60,000 people, will remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or worse during this period.

    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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