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Favorable rainfall conditions, including in pastoral areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • August 2018
Favorable rainfall conditions, including in pastoral areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Abundant rainfall in agricultural and agropastoral areas has marked the definitive start of cereal and cash crop cropping. Crops are benefitting from good water conditions and are largely in reproductive stages in the Dosso, Maradi, Zinder and Tahoua regions. Less advanced stages of growth are noted in pockets of the Tillabery, Zinder and Tahoua regions. Wild food availability and some green harvests are contributing to an increase in food consumption in agriculture and agropastoral areas where generally Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity prevails with some Stressed (IPC Phase 2) poor households present during the end of the lean season.

    • The rainfall situation is also favorable in pastoral areas where the regeneration of forage, a restoration of the water points, and an improvement of the state market animals is observed. However, the pastoral zone still contains pockets where pasture development and water is limited. In August, food security outcomes are generally at Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels in pastoral areas.

    • Markets are well supplied with trader stocks given the promising outlook for the current agricultural season. Institutional stocks are also being sold at moderated prices. Demand is stable and at typical levels owing to food assistance distributions and the availability of green harvests and wild foods. In some markets, there is also institutional demand from humanitarian actors for food assistance needs for populations in need (such as the displaced populations in Diffa). Food prices are still at a high level compared to the five-year average, but generally lower than last year's levels at this time.

    • In the Diffa region, the Boko Haram conflict continues to have negative impacts on household livelihoods. Access to rainfed and irrigated land is reduced as are opportunities for income-generating activities. Populations rely heavily on humanitarian assistance, which is decreasing not only because of insufficient funding but also because of difficult access due to security restrictions and the state of access roads during the rainy season. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity is present among poor households in the Komadougou irrigated agriculture and fishing zones.

    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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