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Food security improves at the national level with the new harvest

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • November 2015
Food security improves at the national level with the new harvest

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  • Key Messages
    • Although the installation of the rainy season was late in 2015, the good rains beginning in mid-July give the expectation for near average agricultural production and pastoral resource availability at the level national.

    • Although national production is expected to be near average, localized rainfall deficits had negative impacts on crop and pasture development in some departments of Tillaberi and northern Zinder, Tahoua and Maradi. Cereal production surpluses in neighboring areas, and the expected contribution of harvests of irrigated crops could increase local food availability in these areas between December 2015 and March 2016.

    • Following the decline in area planted as a result of continuing conflict, a decrease in agricultural production is expected in the Diffa region where staple food demand has increased with the presence of IDPs and refugees. Surplus stocks are not expected to significantly reach the region due to the security crisis in Nigeria.

    • Until December 2015, most of the country will remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity. However, in the Diffa Region Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity observed in November 2015 could continue until at least March 2016. Between January and March 2016, some pastoral areas of Maradi and Tahoua, as well as agropastoral areas of Tillaberi and Zinder, will move to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) as food access and availability become more restricted.

       

      For more detailed analysis, see the Food Security Outlook for October 2015.

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    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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