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Humanitarian actors urged to watch price rises in Sahel

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NIAMEY [ACTED News] - The joint report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme, “Food security and humanitarian implications in Western Africa and in the Sahel”, published in December 2011, reports that the Sahelian Belt accounted for a 2.5 million metric ton cereal deficit. Import predictions should provide balance, but availability is unequal in the region, in a context that has seen dry cereal prices continuously increase since November. Therefore, humanitarian stakeholders are being urged to implement cash transfer activities with caution.