Compared to the last month, grain prices in August are either stable (for sorghum) or downward (-1% for millet and rice and -3% for corn). Compared to the five-year average, however, prices remain very high for millet (27%), sorghum (18%), and maize (9%). The markets for which prices are abnormally high are Agadez and Maradi (39% for each) and Zinder, 35%. These increases in prices compared to the past five years have caused an increase in food basket prices of 14%, of which 11% due to the unique price of millet.
According to OCHA (snapshot August 27) with the return of rains since mid-July, several regions have experienced significant water levels rise causing floods. The most affected departments are Maradi, Tahoua, Dosso and Agadez. Across the country, 17 deaths and 48,000 affected people were reported. 3,050 hectares of crops were affected and almost 4,000 houses destroyed.
New waves of arrivals of refugees / returnees estimated to several hundred people were reported in Bosso (Diffa), from Nigeria on August 4th.