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The impacts of the fodder deficit on livelihoods reached their peak in May 2018

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • May 2018
The impacts of the fodder deficit on livelihoods reached their peak in May 2018

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • The pastoral situation has sharply deteriorated due to fodder deficit. The decrease of animal prices due to bad livestock body condition and to the decrease in exports has led to an increase in the amount of sold animals and a reduction of the livestock capital of poor households.

    • Agricultural labor for land preparation and seasonal migration are providing regular income for rural households. Usual strategies, including sales of wood, straw and small livestock and petty trade provide with additional income. Most poor rural agricultural and agropastoral households can satisfy their basic needs and will remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity between May and September 2018. 

    • The increase of demand following the depletion of farmers’ stocks, the demand related to Ramadan and the needs for stock replenishing from pastors returning from transhumance are generating pressure on prices of staple food. Despite a regular supply, prices remain generally above average. 

    • In Diffa region, the conflict is disrupting livelihoods and trade flows. It is estimated that 252,305 people (OCHA, November 2017) are currently displaced. Security issues keep normal activities from taking place, like livestock sales, pepper growing and temporary migration. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes will remain until at least September 2018, with areas inaccessible to humanitarian assistance being the most affected. 

    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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