Key Message Update

Normal lean seasons in the majority of the country

April 2017

April - May 2017

Mauritania April 2017 Food Security Projections for April to May

June - September 2017

Mauritania April 2017 Food Security Projections for June to September

IPC 2.0 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 2.0 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 2.0 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 2.0 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

  • With the exception of the west of the agropastoral zone (south Aleg, Magta Lahjar, Moudjeria, Monguel, M’Bout, and the west of Kankossa) off-season production is slightly below that of an average year. Although off-season production did not cover the main season production deficit, the agricultural lean season should begin at the usual time in May and end in August. 

  • Pastoral conditions remain generally satisfactory. Transhumance is limited to pastoralists in the west of the agropastoral zone. The use of animal feed will be low and stocks will be similar to those of an average year. The pastoral lean season will also begin at its usual time in April.  

  • Consumer markets are well supplied with imported foods (rice, wheat, oil, sugar). However, the seasonal availability of traditional cereals remains lower than in an average year because the Malian and Senegalese cross-border trade flows are not yet dynamic enough to fill the country’s production deficit. 

  • In the west of the agropastoral zone, declines in agricultural production and seasonal incomes are leading to seasonally atypical livestock sales, and have led to livelihood protection deficits for poor households. This is nevertheless moderated by the steady increase in livestock prices, normal livestock reproduction, relative stability of the prices of foods, and the regular function of government boutiques de solidarite. 

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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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