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Minimal food insecurity expected, except for Diffa Region

  • Key Message Update
  • Niger
  • September 2017
Minimal food insecurity expected, except for Diffa Region

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  • Key Messages
    • Due to a good level of rainfall, the harvest for the current season is expected to be average to above average. Millet and cowpea harvests are improving food availability and access to agricultural labor opportunities for poor households. These elements will contribute to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity until at least January 2018. 

    • Millet and sorghum prices are still more than 25 percent above August 2016 levels and the five-year averages in several markets, including Maradi and Zinder. Nevertheless, the harvest season increases food availability at the household level, reducing dependence on the market for food consumption needs.

    • Forage and water in pastoral areas improved in September, leading to better livestock body conditions and milk production. The market value of livestock remains low, with prices below average, due to decreased demand from Nigeria. Food consumption and livelihood protection needs in pastoral areas are being met, leading to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity. 

    • Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity is expected to persist in certain areas of Diffa Region until January 2018, due to civil insecurity that generates population displacement. Disruptions in livelihoods of displaced and host households, as well as difficulties for humanitarian assistance to reach certain areas, has led to household food consumption deficits that are expected to continue in isolated areas. 

    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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