FEWS Chad Food Security Update Oct 2009 - Rainy season harvest continues
- Harvests of short cycle crops continue, driving down September prices from their previous high levels at the height of the hunger season on all major grain markets (N'Djamena, Moundou, Sarh, Abéché, and Moussoro) monitored by FEWS NET. However, prices are still above the five year average, limiting food access for poor households.
- The current improvement in pastoral conditions is reflected in the good performance of dairy and slaughter animals and the favorable terms of trade for sheep/millet from the standpoint of pastoralists, strengthening their food access. However, poor pasture and water availability is causing animals in northern areas to head south earlier and faster than usual, beginning in September, compared with the usual start of seasonal migration in October/November in an average year. With harvests still in progress, this could rekindle disputes between farmers and pastoralists.
Figure 1. Food security assessment for October 2009