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Sahel and West Africa Food Security Update, November 2009

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- In general, food security conditions are improving at the household level across the region as harvesting activities become widespread.

- According to joint CILSS-FAO-FEWS NET-WFP harvest assessment missions, production levels in the Sudanian and Guinean zones of all West African countries range from average to good. In contrast, harvests in the Sahelian zone are generally poor, with large production deficits reported in Chad, Niger, and the far northern reaches of Nigeria. A look at pastoral conditions shows poor pasture production in Niger, northeastern Mali, the Sahel zone of Burkina Faso, Chad, and the north?central region of Mauritania.

- The seasonal downswing in market prices triggered by this year's harvest has not been very large, particularly in the case of millet crops. Millet prices are still above the five?year average on many markets, mainly in Chad, Niger, Mali, and Nigeria.