Mali Key Message Update, May 2017
Limited market access for poor pastoralists due to decline in terms of trade for goats/millet
Average pastoral conditions across the country favor a normal pastoral lean season, except for in Gourma de Timbuktu and in Gao where early degradation of pastures and watering holes negatively affect animal body conditions and animal production. The decline in pastoral income for poor households, and the decline in terms of trade for goats/cereals, is limiting their access to markets and consequently will place them in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) from May until September 2017.
Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity continues throughout most of the country as a result of average to slightly above-average food prices that favor average household market access. However, poor households from previously flooded areas, and those in the western Sahel that experienced an early lean season and have resorted to borrowing and to reduction of non-food purchases, are in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) from May until September 2017.
The beginning of the new agricultural season, thanks to the start of rains, although not yet in the entire country, is an opportunity for incomes and food access for poor households from agricultural labor including manure transportation and land preparation. Agricultural inputs from the government and those donated or subsidized by partners, favor agricultural production that is average to above-average.