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24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.

22 Apr 2015 description

Government has decided to speed up the drought assessment process in order to lessen the plight of farmers, says acting Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia.

Addressing Kanye residents recently, Mr Ralotsia noted that drought assessments were usually carried out around June, but because of the severity of the current dry-spell, the government decided to move swiftly to mitigate farmers’ plight.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

15 Apr 2015 description

Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.

Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.

13 Apr 2015 description


  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

10 Apr 2015 description

The Ministry of Agriculture is aware that severe drought is imminent as a result of low rainfall and continuous heat waves that affected the country throughout the ploughing season.

Acting Assistant Minister of Agriculture Mr Fidelis Molao stated in Parliament that as a result of this, government instituted drought assessment teams to carryout countrywide assessment.

A report from the teams is expected during the course of this month for consideration by government.

10 Apr 2015 description

Maize and Wheat Millers Association Botswana (MWMA) has assured consumers that the dry weather conditions and excessive heat that has caused extensive damage to the maize crop in South Africa will not affect the grain supply to Botswana. 

A press release from MWMA stated that the SA grain suppliers confirmed that they had sufficient export excess in white maize to cover Botswana’s needs
. The press release stated that South Africa exported white maize to Botswana and other neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland. 

10 Apr 2015 description

Government is aware of low yield production due to the shortage of rainfall during this ploughing season.

When addressing kgotla meetings at Leshibitse and Artesia in Kgatleng District on Thursday (April 9), President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama said a drought assessment exercise was being carried out to assess the situation. The assessment would ascertain the type of assistance to be accorded Batswana.

10 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness persists in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

08 Apr 2015 description
  • Decreased rains received over Ethiopia have resulted in strengthening seasonal moisture deficits.

  • Late surge of heavy rainfall continued over portions of Southern Africa.

03 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

01 Apr 2015 description

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) poursuit sa célébration de la Journée internationale de la femme en organisant des rencontres sur les défis qui doivent être relevés pour accélérer la concrétisation de l’égalité des sexes.

01 Apr 2015 description
  • Widespread, favorable rains observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
  • Below-average rainfall persists in central Ethiopia.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Low seasonal precipitation totals and untimely dry spells has negatively affected ground conditions and is likely to lead crop reductions for several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

24 Mar 2015 description

Botswana in collaboration with the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has made considerable strides in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana.

Officially opening a two-day seminar in Selebi Phikwe on March 18, The United States ambassador, Mr Earl Miller, said over the 12 years, the two governments had been working together, the American INVESTMENT in this joint effort so far totaled more than US$700 million. (Over P6 billion).

23 Mar 2015 description


  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region