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Staple food prices are at highest levels in five years

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • July 2017
Staple food prices are at highest levels in five years

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The availability of staple foods is below average due to a reduction in trade flows from Nigeria. The demand for local products has increased during the lean season, marked by high consumption levels. Consequently, prices have increased by more than 40 percent for sorghum and millet in Maradi and 36 percent for sorghum in Zinder, compared to the five-year average.

    • The agricultural season is underway, with above-average rainfall that has facilitated planting in 95 percent of agricultural areas, leading to a favorable situation for poor households by ensuring an average agricultural income. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food security outcomes will remain in most of the country through at least January 2018. 

    • Nevertheless, persistent rainfall shortages in the pastoral zones of Tahoua, Maradi, Diffa and Zinder regions are inducing poor livestock body conditions, leading to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity outcomes. If the initiation of the pastoral season is confirmed in August, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes should prevail in most households in the pastoral zone. 

    • The conflict in the Diffa region continues to hinder normal market functioning and typical strategies for most poor households and displaced persons. Despite positive outcomes for the ongoing agricultural season, acute food insecurity outcomes will likely remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) until at least January 2018. In areas that are not accessible for humanitarian assistance, survival and protection deficits will likely arise, confirming the need for food assistance including in areas difficult to access. 

    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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