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05 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• In 2015, one of the strongest El Ninos on record, led to intense droughts in Ethiopia, Sudan and Somaliland. The growing season(s) of 2016 have assumed great importance: their performance will determine much of the well being of the affected populations, as further droughts could bring disastrous consequences.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

03 May 2016 description

Building more resilient livelihoods is increasingly recognized as one of the most powerful means to mitigate and prevent food security crises. Since 2008, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, together with other key partners, has been pioneering resilience measurement and analysis with respect to food insecurity through the Resilience Index Measurement and Analysis (RIMA-I) model, developed by the FAO Resilience Analysis and Policies (RAP) team.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Conflict and 2015 El Niño drought remain major drivers of acute food insecurity in the region

Key Messages

30 Apr 2016 description
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Increased conflict in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur drives additional displacement

KEY MESSAGES

  • Staple food prices remained stable or increased slightly in March due to the availability of above-average carryover stocks from the 2014/15 season. These stocks are helping to offset below-average 2015/16 production associated with El Niño-related dryness in 2015.

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Apr 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average cereal production gathered in 2015 due to poor distribution of rains

  • Prices of millet and sorghum remained mostly stable in recent months

  • Continued assistance required to improve access to food and protect livelihoods of food-insecure and vulnerable people, including refugees and returnees

26 Apr 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops is still underway

  • March-May “belg” rains were erratic in March, delaying planting activities

  • “Belg” rains improved in April, but pockets of moisture deficits remain in southern SNNPR and Oromia regions as well as eastern Amhara Region

  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest

  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

21 Apr 2016 description
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The government’s dry season offensive has begun in the Two Areas during the reporting period, later than expected (last year’s offensive started as early as December). Ground fighting, aerial bombardment and shelling has provoked significant internal displacements and increased humanitarian needs throughout the two states, against a backdrop of already severe food insecurity.

21 Apr 2016 description

Projected Food Assistance Needs for October 2016

19 Apr 2016 description

Syria: In recent weeks, clashes between Islamic State and other non-government forces over the border area between Turkey and Syria have intensified. IDPs in camps located along the border are at risk: over 35,000 have fled the area since 14 April and are in need of protection. Additional displacement is likely.

16 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• 52 aid workers killed since December 2013.

• Humanitarians reached Mboro after numerous attempts and delivered nutrition and medical supplies.

• Humanitarian organizations suffered about $1 million in losses due to looting and destruction of compounds and assets during fighting in Pibor.

• Humanitarians are working to rebuild Malakal PoC following February fighting and fires.

Two demining staff killed in Yei

16 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

10,000 Refugee children participated in child friendly spaces activities

9,000 Vulnerable IDPs received non-food items from UNHCR and partners

7,767 Additional refugees registered across South Sudan since 1 January 2016

1,116 Refugees and refugee response stakeholders received training by UNHCR

14 Apr 2016 description

Food consumption gaps widen as lean season progresses

Key Messages

  • Moving into the typical lean season period, broad areas of northern Greater Upper Nile will be in Emergency (IPC Phase 4), with households facing an increased risk for high levels of malnutrition and excess mortality. Some households in central Unity State are expected to be facing an extreme lack of food and are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5).