Nigeria

Food Security Outlook Update April 2011

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Presidential election marred by intense violence and insecurity across the country

• The 2011 cropping season is progressing well, in the south, after planting in March. In the north, the season has not started. It is expected to start in April/May in the north central, and in June, in the extreme north, upholding the predictions made by NIMET and major meteorological organizations such as NOAA and IRI.

• The presidential election, which was conducted on April 16th, is characterized by intense post election violence in the north, with significant losses of lives and population displacement, high insecurity, hampering access to markets and social services.

• Cereal prices have stabilized at high levels in April as market and household food stocks depletes, normally. However, this will be compounded by the persistently high diesel price and transport cost since February, which may hamper food flow to the south from the surplus northern markets as the lean season peaks in the south.