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Rainfall deficits have been recorded in the west, north, and center of the country

  • Key Message Update
  • Mauritania
  • August 2018
Rainfall deficits have been recorded in the west, north, and center of the country

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The rainfall season has started across most of the country with a poor spatial-temporal distribution. Compared to the 10-year average, there are significant deficits in rainfall accumulation in the center (Inchiri, Adrar, Tagant and Nouadhibou), the west (Trarza and Brakna) and the north (Assaba and Hodh Gharbi) of the country.

    • The atypically long dry spells affected the development of pasture in Trarza, Tagant and northern Brakna. Unlike in a typical year, pastoralists still purchase fodder to feed their animals. In agricultural areas, planting that started in late June is still continuing. Agricultural production, which is currently dominated by the tillering stage, may be compromised if rainfall stops before mid-October.

    • Consumer markets are well supplied with imported staple foods whose prices have been relatively stable since June. The supply of sorghum, maize, millet and cowpea remains low. Demand for seed led to a rise in prices between June and August. Transhumance has reduced the supply market supply of livestock at the same time the Tabaski feast increased demand, leading to higher prices for market livestock, a trend that will continue until the next lean season.

    • In rainfed agriculture areas and in the southeast of the agropastoral zone, improvements in pastoral conditions and water availability, income from agricultural work, and food and cash distributions are contributing to reducing food insecurity. In the west of the agropastoral zone and the center of the Senegal River Valley, the reduction in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes remains dependent on February/March 2019 harvests.

    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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