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An exacerbation of the security crisis with an increased impact on food security

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • January 2020
An exacerbation of the security crisis with an increased impact on food security

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The persistent security crisis in the country has caused an amplification of population movements, with approximately 7,000 newly displaced people in the region of Tillabéry. Over 25,000 new IDPs have also been registered in Diffa due to insecurity and flooding of the Komadougou River.

    • In pastoral zones, the fodder deficit is compounded by the limitation of animal movements due to civil insecurity and the closure of the border with Nigeria driving lower livestock prices. However, the animals' body conditions are average thanks to the early departure of the herds to more secure areas with sufficient pasture, which is likely a source of inter-community conflict between agriculturalists and pastoralists.

    • Market are regularly and adequately supplied, except in insecure areas. Demand is generally below average and is mainly made up of local actors because the closure of the border with Nigeria and insecurity at the borders limit the presence of export traders on the market. Prices are in a downward trend compared to last year and the five-year average, but the decline is accentuated for the prices of animals and cash crops whose export demand has fallen sharply.

    • A sufficient and diversified availability of irrigated agricultural crops is leading to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity in most of the country. However, the decrease in prices of livestock leading to atypical sales in pastoral areas is leading to Stressed (IPC Phase 3) outcomes. Humanitarian assistance in Diffa in the form of cash and in-kind assistance is mitigating worse outcomes and the region will remain in Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!). In northern Tillabéry, the security crisis is disrupting livelihood activities and humanitarian assistance and households are facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity.

    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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