Reference Date: 08-October-2013
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Another above-average cereal harvest is anticipated this year
Pasture conditions have also improved countrywide
High food prices persist in spite of last year’s good harvests.
Continued assistance is required to improve access to food and protect the livelihoods of food insecure and vulnerable people
Overall prospects for the 2013 cereal crops are favourable
Harvesting of the 2013 cereal crops has started in the southern parts of the country, and overall prospects are favourable The late onset of the cropping season was followed by adequate precipitation and soil water reserves from July over the main producing areas. Satellite imagery analysis in early October indicates that good rains continued to fall over most of the country. Pastures have been regenerating countrywide, improving livestock conditions.
In 2012, a record harvest was already gathered owing to favourable climatic conditions in the main cereal growing regions. According to the final estimates, the 2012 cereal output was estimated at about 3.1 million tonnes, 91 percent higher than the 2011 drought-affected output and 55 percent above the average of the past five years.
Cereal markets affected by trade disruption
In spite of the good crop gathered last year, some inter-regional restrictions on commodity movement have reduced the flow between deficit and surplus areas of the country. Moreover, insecurity in Nigeria has affected commodity movement between both countries, contributing to higher prices in parts. For example, milllet prices in Abéché and Moundou in August 2013 were, respectively, 38 percent and 25 percent above last year’s crisis affected levels. Prices have also remained relatively high in N’djamena.
Continued assistance is still needed for vulnerable people
Chad has been struck by successive severe food crises in recent years that resulted in depletion of household assets and high level of indebtedness. In spite of last year’s good harvests, the food security situation remains difficult in parts, due to high food prices and the lingering effects of previous crises. Moreover, over 300 000 people from the Sudan’s Darfur region and the Central African Republic are located as refugees in southern and eastern regions of Chad. Safety-net interventions as well as i
mplementation of income generation and asset reconstitution activities for food insecure and vulnerable people should continue