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Food insecurity is observed locally as a result of poor pastoral performance and security crisis.

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • March 2017
Food insecurity is observed locally as a result of poor pastoral performance and security crisis.

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Cereal availabilities remain at average to below average levels due to weak trade flows due to product exit restrictions that cause high prices in Nigeria’s source markets. Prices in Niger markets remained broadly stable between January and February 2017, but in March are generally higher than the February levels as well as the average.

    • For livestock, the availability of fodder is low and the need for complementary feed is estimated at 35,000 tones, of which 2,000 tones are being sold at moderate prices by the Government. This operations makes it possible to stabilize the price of a bag of livestock feed at 4,000 FCFA, which is an average price for this time of the year. Livestock prices continue their downward trend compared to the average, a situation unfavorable to pastoralists who are net buyers of cereals.

    • Food insecurity will remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) until September in the majority of households, but some pockets of certain livelihood zones, will experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between March and July 2017, as a result of the deterioration of purchasing power for food and the insufficiency of financial means to ensure essential needs. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) is possible for poor households from June to July in the absence of assistance. 

    • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity will persist in the Diffa region until September 2017. The persistent security crisis has severely reduced food and income access for poor households and has resulted in the displacement of many households that are now dependent on humanitarian aid. In some parts of the region, humanitarian access difficulties result in inadequate aid coverage and inadequate food availability that are likely to worsen nutritional outcomes over the coming months. 

    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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