Mauritania Key Message Update, January 2017

Production deficit accentuates Stress situations

Key Messages

  • The failure of flood recession crops, which are normally the primary food source for poor households in the western agropastoral zone, accentuates the region’s production deficit. In the rest of the country, the agricultural situation remains close to that of an average year. With the exceptions of the western and eastern portions of the agropastoral zone that were already in Stress (IPC Phase 2), Minimal (IPC Phase 1) will continue throughout most of the country.

  • The pastoral situation remains largely satisfactory. Pastures, if spared from brush fires, will respond to the burden of the national herd, as no restrictions will affect the beneficial internal transhumance from pastoralists in pockets with pasture deficits. Animal reproduction and milk production levels remain consistent with those of an average year.

  • In all other livelihood zones, despite the upward trend in animal prices, seasonal incomes of poor households are significantly lower than an average year. Consumer markets are well supplied and prices of imported foodstuffs are relatively stable.