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Normal lean seasons in the majority of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Mauritania
  • April 2017
Normal lean seasons in the majority of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • 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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