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Owing to generally good harvests, households food access is assured by own production

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • January 2019
Owing to generally good harvests, households food access is assured by own production

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Harvest production has enabled the majority of households to grow household food stocks that still assure their food access. According to the results of the national household food vulnerability survey, whose data collection took place in October 2018, more than 60 percent of households have stocks of 4 to 6 months compared to 4 on average. Food insecurity remains Minimal (IPC Phase 1) generally in most areas in January 2019.

    • However, production was reduced in localized areas where weather conditions were poor. Some households in these areas are already atypically market dependent for their essential food and non-food need. In affected agricultural and agropastoral areas, some households are facing Stress (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in January 2019.

    • Market and livelihoods disruptions caused by conflict have led to significant levels of displacement. Humanitarian access is often reduced due to attacks by armed groups. The regions of Tillabéry and Diffa are those where these movements of people persist the most. Many households in the Diffa region remain dependent on food assistance and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in January 2019. In contrast, in host communities in Tillabery access constraints continue to limit the availability of assistance, and atypical levels of coping are used for households to cover food needs. These communities are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in January 2019.

    • Cereals are available in sufficient quantities in almost all reference markets in January 2019 as harvests are completed for all crops that feed internal and cross-border flows, resulting in general price stability in comparison with the five-year average. However, the situation is not favorable in a few cases where prices are above the seasonal trend in markets located in conflict zones and locally in some markets in production areas due to the pressure of commercial and institutional demand.

    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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