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Poor animal sales and atypical drop in household revenues in pastoral areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • May 2016
Poor animal sales and atypical drop in household revenues in pastoral areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Household food stocks are diminishing following seasonal trends but food availabilities remain sufficient in markets. Households use their revenues from typical strategies like selling irrigated crops (fruits and vegetables) and agricultural manual labor to meet their food and non-food expenses. Given these favorable food conditions, the majority of areas are in a situation of Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity which will continue until September 2016.

    • The trade routes between Nigeria and Niger’s southern (Maradi and Zinder) and central (Tahoua) markets remain active with the recent Naira depreciation against the FCFA. This situation is creating favorable price differences for the transfer of commodities like millet to Nigerien markets. Market supplies remain above-average despite the seasonal increases of local demand.

    • Despite the subsidized sales of livestock feed in affected areas, the pastoral situation continues to deteriorate. Livestock herders are spending more than usual for the upkeep of their animals and are selling them at inferior prices following the Naira’s depreciation in Nigeria, where the majority of exporters are from. This situation of Stress (IPC Phase 2) could evolve into Minimal (IPC Phase 1) starting in July with the end of the pastoral lean season and the final installation of the agropastoral season.

    • Market interruptions and revenue reductions from losing their main livelihoods, specifically fishing and producing peppers and rice, continue to alter food security conditions for poor households and displaced people in the Diffa Region, around Lake Chad and the Komadougou River. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity will continue until September 2016.

       

      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for February to September 2016.

    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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