Key Message Update

Owing to generally good harvests, households food access is assured by own production

January 2019

January 2019

February - May 2019

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Harvest production has enabled the majority of households to grow household food stocks that still assure their food access. According to the results of the national household food vulnerability survey, whose data collection took place in October 2018, more than 60 percent of households have stocks of 4 to 6 months compared to 4 on average. Food insecurity remains Minimal (IPC Phase 1) generally in most areas in January 2019.

  • However, production was reduced in localized areas where weather conditions were poor. Some households in these areas are already atypically market dependent for their essential food and non-food need. In affected agricultural and agropastoral areas, some households are facing Stress (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in January 2019.

  • Market and livelihoods disruptions caused by conflict have led to significant levels of displacement. Humanitarian access is often reduced due to attacks by armed groups. The regions of Tillabéry and Diffa are those where these movements of people persist the most. Many households in the Diffa region remain dependent on food assistance and are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in January 2019. In contrast, in host communities in Tillabery access constraints continue to limit the availability of assistance, and atypical levels of coping are used for households to cover food needs. These communities are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in January 2019.

  • Cereals are available in sufficient quantities in almost all reference markets in January 2019 as harvests are completed for all crops that feed internal and cross-border flows, resulting in general price stability in comparison with the five-year average. However, the situation is not favorable in a few cases where prices are above the seasonal trend in markets located in conflict zones and locally in some markets in production areas due to the pressure of commercial and institutional demand.

About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 28 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.

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