Crisis (Phase 3) conditions continue to prevail in Northern Mali, due to the persistence of insecurity and poor growing season conditions in localized areas. The projected performance of the 2013-2014 crop is mixed, with average to below-average conditions in parts of the Sahel. Ample international supply caused prices of imported rice to fall, and allowed other rice markets in the region to remain stable. The pastoral situation is generally good with adequate animal health, pasture and water availability. However, pasture deficits are observed in local areas Mali. In these areas, pasture availability may deteriorate before the usual pastoral lean season, causing premature livestock movements and potential conflicts.
In a number of countries of the region seasonally adjusted prices of staples increased significantly between Q3 and Q4 2013. These include a rise for millet, sorghum and maize in Mali (between 11-16%). The cumulative impact of staple food price changes on the cost of the basic food basket from October to December 2013 was high.