Key Message Update

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

March 2017

March - May 2017

Mauritania March 2017 Food Security Projections for March to May

June - September 2017

Mauritania March 2017 Food Security Projections for June to September

IPC v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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 v3.0 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

  • 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. 

About FEWS NET

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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Link to United States Agency for International Development (USAID)Link to the United States Geological Survey's (USGS) FEWS NET Data PortalLink to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Link to National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth ObservatoryLink to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service, Climage Prediction CenterLink to the Climate Hazards Center - UC Santa BarbaraLink to KimetricaLink to Chemonics