Mali

Food Security Outlook Update March 2011

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Moderate levels of food insecurity expected in Gao as of April

• This year, there are large-scale brush fires in the Gourma area of Timbuktu (livelihood zone 2). Unusual herd movements into the Boni and Hombori areas (Mopti) could pose a risk of overgrazing and animal watering problems in these receiving areas beginning as of April/May.

• Young migrant workers, mostly from the southern and central reaches of the country, are returning home from Libya. Touareg populations in northern Mali especially dependent on migrant remittances from Libya are unconcerned by this return migration. Thanks to good harvests and a high demand for local labor, the loss of these migrant remittances, though important, should not significantly weaken their food security situation.