Just released: RPCANews, July 2016
Prepared on the basis of contributions from Network Members, this newsletter presents a consensual analysis of the food and nutrition situation in West Africa and the Sahel. Formerly known under the name "NISA" (Information Note on Food Security), the paper now includes a section on Network activities, which aims to promote activities of our Members and provide information on the Network's main areas of work.
- The overall food situation in June 2016 is satisfactory; the food reserve levels are good; markets are functioning well.
- Nearly 9.5 million people require food and nutrition assistance – most of whom live in the Lake Chad basin – due to the civil insecurity that is causing market interruptions and household livelihood losses.
- The gradual onset of the rainy season in the Sahel is improving the availability of drinking water for livestock but has not yet increased the availability of forage; grass cover is minimal and is only starting to grow now.
- The seasonal hydrological and climate information forecasts for the 2016-17 agro-pastoral campaign indicate a probability of average to above-average overall rainfall in the Sahelian belt, but below normal in coastal areas of Gulf of Guinea.
Food insecurity reaches extreme level in pockets of Nigeria’s Borno State
The Nigerian Minister of Health has declared a “nutrition emergency” in Borno State, and information from recent rapid assessments raises the possibility that a famine could be occurring in the worst affected and less accessible pockets of the state.
The March analysis of the Cadre harmonisé conducted within the framework of the regional food crisis prevention and management mechanism (PREGEC) of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA), already sound the alarm bells to raise awareness and mobilise support for some three million people facing a crisis situation (phase 3), including 1.86 million internally displaced people – IDPs (IOM and NEMA, April 2016).
The situation has been deteriorating since the start of the lean season, partly due to the lack of market access and soaring food prices that are triggered by the falling value of the naira. However, the precise situation remains unclear due to the lack of access to many parts of northern Borno State.
Improved and sustained humanitarian access to IDP populations, as well as populations located in active conflict zones, is urgently needed.
This information note has been jointly elaborated by members of the regional food crisis prevention and management mechanism (PREGEC) of the Food Crisis Prevention Network (RPCA).
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