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11 Nov 2015 description

Stricte vigilance requise en Afrique du nord-ouest, dans la Corne de l'Afrique et au Yémen

11 novembre 2015, Rome – Les pluies inhabituellement fortes et généralisées qui sont tombées récemment dans le nord-ouest de l’Afrique, la Corne de l'Afrique et au Yémen pourraient favoriser la reproduction des criquets pèlerins, avertit aujourd'hui la FAO, soulignant qu’une surveillance étroite est nécessaire au cours des six prochains mois pour empêcher les insectes de former des essaims destructeurs.

11 Nov 2015 description

Strict vigilance required in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen

11 November 2015, Rome - Unusually heavy and widespread rains that fell recently in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen could favour Desert Locust breeding, FAO warned today, stressing that close monitoring is needed over the next six months to prevent the insects from forming destructive swarms.

11 Nov 2015 description

Light to moderate rains spread across many southern and central parts of Somalia are expected in the next three days. The northern parts of the country including Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag are expected to receive moderate rains over the same period. The upper catchment of the Shabelle River in Ethiopia will receive high rains as well, which translates to increase in river levels later in the week.

10 Nov 2015 description

Heavy rains reported in Puntland as tropical storm MEGH passes the northern coast of the country

The north eastern parts of Somalia experienced extreme weather in form of a tropical storm since 8th November 2015. The tropical storm named MEGH was associated with strong winds and heavy rains in some parts of Puntland with most stations recording more than three times their long term mean annual rainfall. For instance, Eyl recorded a total of 160mm while Allula received 154mm in a single day.

09 Nov 2015 description

Tropical cyclone Chapala - estimated precipitation (2-3 November 2015)

Based on rainfall estimates, several years worth of rain probably fell during two days along the southern coast of Yemen near Mukallah and in the interior governorates of Shabwah and Hadramaut. Thereafter, the cyclone decayed and dissipated as it moved inland towards Shabwah and Marib. (source: OCHA/UNOSAT/UNITAR)

04 Nov 2015 description

The gFSC global dashboard provides a quick snapshot of the country-level Food Security Clusters around the world. The updated dasboard shows that as of October 2015, the country-level Food Security Clusters remain only at 52 percent funded against their yearly requirements

03 Nov 2015 description
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Strict vigilance required during the next six months due to heavy rains

The current Desert Locust situation remains calm. Late summer breeding is in progress in northern Niger and breeding is underway in northwest Mauritania. Low numbers of locusts persist in northeast Chad and in the interior of Sudan.

02 Nov 2015 description

There will be a reduction of rainfall activities in most parts of Somalia in the coming three days. However, a tropical storm named CHAPALA is expected to make a land fall in Yemen. The passage of this tropical storm is expected to cause strong winds in parts of Bari and Sanaag regions which may also lead to heavy rains in the area during the forecast period. Areas to watch are Caluula, Qandala, Bossaso and Laasqoray.

22 Oct 2015 description


  • World cereal supply and demand balance in the 2015/16 marketing season is likely to remain in a generally comfortable situation. While world cereal production is expected to fall below last year’s record, supplies will be almost sufficient to meet the projected demand, requiring only a small reduction in global inventories by the end of the season.

20 Oct 2015 description

As El Niño is a weather-based phenomenon, we must always bear in mind that it is unpredictable. Furthermore, heavy rains do not necessarily produce a locust outbreak. Nevertheless, the Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS), AGPMM is advising northern Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen and, to a lesser extent, Sudan and Saudi Arabia to be especially vigilant in winter breeding areas along the coasts of the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea during the upcoming season and to ensure that all areas are surveyed regularly and reported in a timely manner.

16 Oct 2015 description


• FAO activated a Level 3 Emergency Response in Yemen on 14 July 2015 given the urgent need to scale up its response to the large-scale impacts of the crisis on food security and nutrition. A Humanitarian System-Wide Level-3 Emergency has been active since 1 July 2015.

• 12.9 million people – close to 50 percent of the population – face Emergency and Crisis levels of food insecurity: 21 percent increase since 2014.

05 Oct 2015 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en septembre. Malgré les bonnes pluies et les conditions écologiques favorables, seule une reproduction limitée a été détectée jusqu’à présent dans le nord du Sahel d’Afrique de l’ouest. Cependant, les effectifs acridiens augmentent progressivement et il se peut qu’il y ait davantage de criquets que ceux observés lors des prospections.

17 Sep 2015 description

Belgium’s USD 1 million contribution to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) emergency programme in Yemen will help more than 21 600 farming families preserve their livelihoods amidst the ongoing conflict.

16 Sep 2015 description

Many of the pesticides used in DESERT LOCUST CONTROL pose a risk to the environment and to human health, even if they are used judiciously.

To minimize the impact of pesticides use on human health and the environment, member countries of the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) established baseline environmental requirements that locust campaigns should comply with.

04 Sep 2015 description

La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée calme en août. Seuls des ailés solitaires en faibles effectifs étaient présents dans des parties des aires de reproduction estivale dans le nord du Sahel de la Mauritanie, du Niger, du Tchad et du Soudan. Toutefois, les bonnes pluies généralisées tombées sur toutes ces zones ont rendu les conditions écologiques favorables, ce qui permettra à une reproduction à petite échelle d’avoir lieu en septembre et octobre.