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Key Messages

Cereal prices remained almost stable in the past few months mainly thanks to good food availability on the markets resulting from good harvests in the 2010.

Although food security is generally good, some 2.3 million people are classified as food insecure, with poor and vulnerable groups in southern regions most affected.

Civil insecurity is increasing due to the return of armed groups from Libya.

31 Oct 2011 description

Summary by the International Peace Institute (IPI):

As the regional implications of the crisis in Mali become apparent, there has been speculation as to whether Niger will be the next country in the region to be undermined by Islamist insurgency and separatist rebellion, transnational organized crime, and weak governance practices.

31 Oct 2011 description
  • Collection of the early and main harvests began later than usual in the northern part of the country, in October instead of September. More than 80 percent of the nation’s population is in IPC Phase 1, experiencing no or minimal acute food insecurity.

  • The food security outlook for October 2011 through March 2012 projects an average level of gross grain production. Well above-average carry-over inventories resulting from the record 2010/11 harvest should further strengthen nationwide food availability.

31 Oct 2011 description

• Les résultats de la campagne 2011/12 sont globalement moyens pour les cultures céréalières (mil et sorgho) et bons pour les cultures de rente (niébé, arachide, sésame et souchet). 

• Toutefois, les productions attendues en mil et sorgho sont estimées médiocres à nulles dans la majeure partie de la région de Tillabéri où les ménages pauvres seront confrontés à des déficits alimentaires.  

• Les chenilles mineuses ont été signalées dans la région de Maradi avec des pertes moyennes enregistrées localement.  

31 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 31 octobre 2011 (IRIN) - Selon les dernières évaluations sur l'état des cultures, des millions de personnes sont menacées d'insécurité alimentaire dans certaines régions du Sahel à cause des précipitations irrégulières, des prix élevés du riz et du blé importés, ainsi que du contexte général de malnutrition et d'insécurité alimentaire chroniques.

28 Oct 2011 description

«La menace croissante d’insécurité alimentaire au Niger est très inquiétante. Le pays pourrait être confronté à une crise alimentaire majeure si des mesures rapides ne sont pas prises. Les familles vulnérables sont toujours affaiblies par la crise précédente, il y a moins d’un an, et elles ne disposent pas de capacités nécessaires pour faire face à un nouveau choc.»

Denise Brown, Directrice Pays du PAM au Niger, Niamey

28 Oct 2011 description

“The growing threat of food security in Niger is deeply worrying. The country appears to be heading towards a full-scale food crisis if early measures are not taken. Vulnerable families are still exhausted by the last crisis, barely a year ago, and they have little ability to confront another emergency.”

Denise Brown, WFP Niger Country Director, Niamey.

27 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 27 October 2011 (IRIN) - In 2005, drought and famine hit the Sahel, claiming many lives. The pattern was repeated in 2010, with the crisis most acute in Niger. And now the early warning signs are there for problems again next year, in 2012. [ http://www.irinnews.org/InDepthMain.aspx?indepthid=81&reportid=89121 ]

27 Oct 2011 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 27 October 2011 (IRIN) - Erratic rains and high imported rice and wheat prices against a backdrop of chronic food insecurity and malnutrition in parts of the Sahel, will leave millions of people at risk of food insecurity, according to the latest crop assessments.

"We are definitely going to have a difficult year," said Patricia Hoorelbeke, West Africa head of NGO Action Against Hunger (ACF), adding that the NGO is considering expanding its food and nutrition programmes in the region.

Food production

26 Oct 2011 description
report CARE

Erratic rains and insect attacks caused crop failure/Funding needed now to avert malnutrition and loss of livelihoods

25 Oct 2011 description

Average food assistance needs anticipated for 2011/12, concentrated in Tillaberi

21 Oct 2011 description
report AlertNet

DAKAR (AlertNet) – An increase in sea level and a drop in the quantity of rainfall linked to climate change could destroy Cameroon’s biodiversity, disrupt businesses and uproot hundreds of thousands of people in the west-central African nation, Cameroon Tribune newspaper reported on Thursday.

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20 Oct 2011 description

Average harvests in the Sahel hinge on steady rainfall into October

  • The combined effects of improved rainfall activity in August and the poor spatial-temporal distribution of rainfall led to large-scale infestations of crop pests, particularly in the Maradi region of Niger and the northernmost border areas of Nigeria.

  • In general, food access at the height of the lean season in farming and agropastoral areas all across the region is better than usual thanks to the bumper 2010/11 harvests in all parts of the region.

19 Oct 2011 description
report AlertNet

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Niger is at the cusp of another food crisis as erratic rains and insect attacks on crops have caused crop failure in several parts of the West African nation, authorities have warned.

President Mahamadou Issoufou has called on the international community to come to his country’s assistance, saying Niger is set to face a cereal deficit of 400,000 tonnes.

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19 Oct 2011 description

Retard général dans les récoltes de céréales affectant l’offre sur les marchés

• L’approvisionnement des marchés, sans être préoccupant est localement inferieur à la normale suite à des récoltes retardées consécutives à l’installation tardive de la saison. De ce fait les prix affichent des niveaux plus élevés que d’habitude, notamment au Sahel.

19 Oct 2011 description

Faits majeurs:

  • Bilma n’a presque plus de grains à moudre, faute de pouvoir écouler son sel

  • Inquiets des perspectives alimentaires à Gouré, autorités administratives et coutumières tirent la sonette d’alarme

  • Prévisions des cas de malnutrition revues à la hausse ; la situation est maîtrisable

18 Oct 2011 description

L'avis exprimé dans ce bulletin repose sur la triangulation d'informations primaires recueillies par le FEWS NET et le PAM, ainsi que sur des données fournies par l'Observatoire à la Sécurité Alimentaire (OSA), le CSA (niveau central et régional), les autorités administratives, les fédérations régionales des agriculteurs/ éleveurs, les cadres de concertation régionaux sur la sécurité alimentaire (Aioun et Kaedi) et les informations/rapports reçus de la délégation de l’Union Européenne, la GIZ et des ONG (Action Contre la Faim Espagne, Caritas, Au Secours, ADIG, Croix Rouge …

17 Oct 2011 description
report ALNAP
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Drought is a recurrent and natural event in many areas. Humanitarian organisations can be more effective when they take this into account in their programming.

17 Oct 2011 description
report Afrique Verte

Inquiétudes au Niger où les récoltes ne s'annoncent pas bonnes.

Le Burkina et le Mali auront également des zones déficitaires.

13 Oct 2011 description