Sahel and West Africa Food Security Update, December 2009

from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 31 Dec 2009
- Off-season farming activities are increasingly widespread and, in certain cases, harvests are already underway, providing a diversified food supply and income for interested population groups. Thus, households in Sudanian areas are generally food secure while those in other parts of the area, particularly in the Eastern Sahel, are moderately food-insecure.

- However, the food access of pastoral groups, whose livestock sales on major markets in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal have been slow due to weak household purchasing power, is beginning to cause concerns. This year, the livestock sold by an average household did not command the same high prices generally associated with the Tabaski holiday season, eroding their income at a time of need.