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Like in an average year, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity exists in the majority of the country.

  • Key Message Update
  • Mauritania
  • March 2017
Like in an average year, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity exists in the majority of the country.

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Off-season agricultural production (walo, dammed and lowland) were affected by pests (grasshoppers and caterpillars). Yields were lower than expected, but remain overall close to that of an average year, which should lead to a normal start to the lean season (April/May).

    • Pastoral conditions continue to meet the national demand, which will ensure dairy production and animal reproduction consistent with those of an average year. Transhumance is following usual seasonal movements, limiting the possibility of pasture overload.  

    • Household food access is facilitated by the ongoing off-season harvests, stable prices of imported foodstuffs (wheat, rice, oil, sugar, etc.), cross-border trade (with Mali and Senegal), increasingly dynamic by the seasonal destocking in Mali, regular replenishment of “boutiques de solidarité” where prices are low (30 to 40 percent less than in formal markets) and by the constant increase in livestock prices. 

    • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity is therefore likely for poor households across the country. Only those in the west of the agropastoral zone (M’bout, Monguel, Kankossa, Magta Lahjar, Moudjeria, and Aleg), which, due to agricultural production deficits over many years, are resorting to seasonally atypical livestock sales, which is causing livelihood production deficits (mainly livestock) and are facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes. 

    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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