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Adequate access to food remains a primary concern across
the Sahel given localized 2011 production deficits and
higher than average 2011/12 price levels.    Larger than
expected April increases in local cereal prices have further
compounded existing acute food insecurity. Likely
humanitarian assistance remains insufficient to fully
mitigate food insecurity in northern Mali, parts of Burkina
Faso, and western Niger, particularly in areas hosting IDPs
and refugees. Very poor and poor households in these
areas will require additional, targeted emergency
assistance through the peak of the agricultural lean season
(Jul‐Sep) to meet minimum food needs and prevent
increases in already high background levels of acute
malnutrition (Figure 1).