Mali Food Security Outlook Update September 2012

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 30 Sep 2012 View Original

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.