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Food prices near record levels

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • March 2022
Food prices near record levels

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The cereal deficit recorded in the country following insufficient rainfall and the restrictions imposed, including those related to the war in Ukraine taken in March 2022 by the Algerian authorities prohibiting the export of oil, pasta, and wheat, have led to limited food availability in the country. Household stocks are being depleted early, meaning that households are more dependent on markets for food supplies. Market-gardening harvests are under way, providing additional food and income for producers. Yields are expected to be down as a result of low fertilizer use, the current price of which is almost double the average.

    • Near-record market prices are significantly limiting poor households' access to food, with most resorting to coping strategies such as borrowing money or food, or selling more livestock than usual. This situation is leading to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food insecurity among poor households in agropastoral livelihood zones.

    • In pastoral areas, the combined effects of fodder shortages and the atypical increase in feed prices to two or three times the average are resulting in a decrease in the availability of feed for livestock. Milk production is down from the average, with an estimated average daily yield of 1.2 liters compared to the average of 3.1. However, milk prices, as well as the physical condition and prices of livestock, are generally considered average, as are the terms of trade for goats/millet, estimated at one billy goat for 119 kg of millet. This is comparable to the average of 130 kg of millet.

    • Insecurity and conflict continue to cause Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes in Tillabéry and northern Tahoua where, in addition to the negative effects of terrorist attacks on agricultural and pastoral production factors and on markets, humanitarian interventions have very limited geographic coverage. In Diffa and southwestern Maradi, however, despite facing community conflict and civil insecurity, ongoing humanitarian food assistance in March 2022 is meeting the food needs of the majority of households, and improving food insecurity in the area to Stressed! (IPC Phase 2!).

    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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