Mali Food Security Outlook Update September 2012
Agricultural Production Outlook Positive throughout the Country
Food security is improving overall compared to last month, due to the availability of lean-season foods and humanitarian aid underway in crisis areas. The Sahelian zones will transition to IPC Phase 1: Minimal food insecurity by December, while northern areas will remain at the Stress level (IPC Phase 2).
Significant support in the form of agricultural inputs from the government and partners has enabled better than expected development of irrigated and floodplain rice-growing areas. These operations are close to, and in some places even exceed, rice production levels in a normal year.
Decreases in staple food prices are increasingly frequent on producer markets and even some consumer markets. Prices remain 40 to 80% above average with a slowdown of sales on northern markets due to the significant humanitarian efforts now in progress.
Heavy rains in August and September caused significant housing and crop damage, especially in San, Tominian, Djenné, Mopti, Kayes, Yélimané, and Nara Circles. Damage estimates are underway; in Djenné over 50% of the rice-growing land may be affected.