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Average agricultural yields and good pastoral conditions improve food conditions

  • Key Message Update
  • Mauritania
  • January 2016
Average agricultural yields and good pastoral conditions improve food conditions

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Regularly well-supplied markets, stable imported food prices, increasing livestock prices, average cereal harvests, and free-flowing Malian and Senegalese cereal transfers ensure a satisfactory seasonal food availability at the national level and facilitate poor households’ access to a normal food supply. The majority of households will remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity conditions until March 2016.

    • The favorable pastoral conditions reduce the need to purchase animal feed (except in certain pockets of the country’s central-north: Tagant, Inchiri, and Adrar) and reinforce household food access in other northern zones. They also place the seasonal livestock migrations on their normal schedules and following their normal geographic axes. The new cycle of livestock births will improve milk availability and encourage the rebuilding of herds that were reduced by losses and sales.

    • In certain pockets of the central northern Oasis and Wadis Pastoral Zone (Akjoujt in Inchiri and Aoujeft in Adrar) and the southwestern Agro-pastoral Zone (Moudjeria and Tidjikja in Tagant and Monguel in Gorgol), the past two years’ pastoral and agricultural production deficits, in addition to those of 2015, have impacted certain fundamental strategies of poor agricultural and agro-pastoral households and placed them in situations of Stress (IPC Phase 2) until March.

    • Despite the rainy season’s delayed start, a recent FEWS NET evaluation recorded good to average harvests as well as satisfactory pastoral conditions in the rain-fed crop zone. In addition, markets well-supplied in local cereals with relatively stable prices place the poor households of the Djigueni and Amouji departments in their typical seasonal conditions of an average year, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity, and allow them to start reimbursing their previous food loans.

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    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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