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Adequate food consumption ensured by local availability, except in Diffa depending on aid

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • January 2017
Adequate food consumption ensured by local availability, except in Diffa depending on aid

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Due to sufficient and diversified food availability from irrigated food crops that generate normal food and incomes, food insecurity will remain Minimal (IPCS Phase 1) in the majority of agricultural and agropastoral livelihood zones until at least May. Overall, crop production observed in agricultural and agropastoral zones of Maradi (Dakoro, Mavahi) are estimated to be insufficient to cover consumption needs and will result in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels of food insecurity from March. 

    • In the transhumant pastoral zones of Tahoua, Zinder, Agadez and Maradi regions, the poor last season’s performance has resulted in inadequate forage to cover livestock needs. The lean season will start earlier and last longer than usual with a persistent deterioration of purchasing power for pastoral households as a result of the decrease in animal body conditions and livestock market values. These households will be in Stress (IPC Phase 2) from March. 

    • In the Diffa region, the security crisis continues and disrupts the normal functioning of markets and livelihood activities like fishing, and sales of peppers and animals. Situations of Minimal (IPC Phase 1!) and Stressed (IPC Phase 2) were observed in January thanks to humanitarian intervention. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) could be possible in February without the continuation of humanitarian assistance. 

    • Cereals are available in sufficient quantities in nearly all reference markets in January. This is supported by the significant strengthening of trade flows from Nigeria in relation to the continued depreciation of the Nigerian Naira. However, the recovery of seasonally adjusted price increases has been observed locally in some markets due to strong commercial demand and will continue as households in deficit return to markets for their supplies. 

    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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