This report covers the period from 3/23/2007 to 4/12/2007
The food security outlook for Mali is generally good. Food is readily available in most parts of the country and markets across Mali have ample grain supplies. Retail course grain prices are currently stable on markets across the regional capitals, after edging upward in January with the first round of procurements for the replenishment of government and private grain reserves. Prices overall are lower than at the same time last year and below the five-year average for this time of year.
The lean period for pastoral populations has begun, with pasture and water resources growing increasingly scarce between now and the beginning of the rainy season in June. This year’s lean period is, however, expected to be easier than usual, with generally good carrying capacity for migratory grazing lands following last year’s strong rainy season.