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High staple food prices and insecurity continue to limit household food access

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • March 2021
High staple food prices and insecurity continue to limit household food access

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Cereal prices are  21 percent above the five-year average in February 2021. This situation follows the strong demand (institutional and traders) and the disruption of trade flows due to the decline in agricultural production in Nigeria and above average transportation costs resulting from restrictions linked to insecurity and COVID-19. Prices are 30 to 40 percent higher than the five-year average in markets in the Zinder and Maradi regions and are currently a factor significantly limiting the food access of poor pastoral households.

    • The availability of pasture and water points are average, however, the rapid degradation of these resources is anticipated following the concentrations of livestock in the more secure areas. Following the theft and looting by armed groups, pastoralists carry out strategic animal sales resulting in atypical offers of cattle on the markets, resulting in unfavorable terms of trade compared to the average.

    • Currently, poor households rely heavily on markets to meet their basic commodity needs. However,poor households are able to meet their food needs with average purchasing power among poor households.  Minimal (IPC Phase 1) is anticipated thanks to the availability of cereal stocks and to the income of agricultural labor, the sale of irrigated crops and animals.

    • In the Diffa region and the south of the Maradi region, ongoing humanitarian assistance carried out by the givernment and humanitarian partners are sufficient to avoid a food consumption deficit among poor households. However, in the Tillabery region and North Tahoua, insecurity persists through recurrent attacks on civilian populations and limits livelihood activities, access to food and access to humanitarian interventions. Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!) outcomes are anticipated in the Diffa region and Southern Maradi while Crisis (IPC Phase 3) is anticipated in the Tillabery region and the North of Tahoua through September.

    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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