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Food security conditions are favorable except in insecure areas

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • October 2018
Food security conditions are favorable except in insecure areas

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  • Key Messages
  • Key Messages
    • Ongoing millet, sorghum and maize harvests are forecast to be moderate to good. The availability of food from these crops is good and ensures the satisfaction of household food needs and the supply of grain markets. Income from the sale of cash crops provides income to help cover household costs. Market prices are seeing a seasonal downward trend owing to local and commercial supply, which are increasing with new harvests.

    • However, with the combined effects of delayed planting, floods, and crop pests, millet, sorghum, maize and cowpea and peanut production will be decreasing in some agricultural and agropastoral areas, such as in Tillaberi and the west of Tahoua, where households will not have the typical duration of stocks for their own consumption. Food insecurity, which is generally Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in October 2018, will change in early 2019 to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) for poor households in livelihood zones affected by these climate shocks.

    • Conditions are also generally favorable in pastoral areas where terms of trade for livestock/cereals are favorable for sufficient household food access. However, the late start of the pastoral season has not yet allowed pasture to complete its growing period, thus reducing the amount of biomass in some areas where supplies will not exceed 3 to 4 months for animal feed.

    • In the Diffa, Tillaberi and Tahoua regions, the effects of conflict result in the loss of livelihoods and limited humanitarian access to certain areas. Humanitarian assistance covers food needs of many households in accessible areas that remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2), but humanitarian actors are not able to reach hard-to-reach households in Diffa where Crisis (IPC Phase 3) will likely continue in the coming months.

    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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