Dry spells since February to reduce crop yields in southern and eastern Zambia
- 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.
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
Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.
Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.
Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.
Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.
1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.
This review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in low resource settings is the first comprehensive, multi-country analysis on the topic. It highlights low access in many countries and specific actions needed to strengthen policy, implementation and monitoring.
Posted by Heather Freitag on Monday, March 16th 2015
It takes just 6 inches of moving water to knock a person to the ground. Flash floods, as their name suggests, come on quickly. But given the proper tools, experts can make flood predictions using real-time measurements and give warnings to get people out of harm’s way.
The problem is, many flood-prone countries cannot afford enough of these expensive weather systems to properly monitor the weather.
Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.
DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.
•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.
Keiko Inoue, Emanuela di Gropello, Yesim Sayin Taylor, and James Gresham
The African Development Bank (AfDB), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) launched the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase 1 (ATASP-1) on 6 March 2015 at IITA’s location in Abuja, Nigeria.
Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia
Africa Weather Hazards
Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.
A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, nous partageons les histoires de 25 femmes d'à travers le continent africain dont les vies se sont améliorées de manière radicale. Hommage rendu aux interventions financées par la Banque africaine de développement
Projet de lutte contre les maladies animales transfrontalières, Zambie
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Maize production prospects for 2015 are satisfactory, following improved rains since December after a delayed start
Record maize output estimated in 2014, resulting in large national stocks, including a sizeable exportable surplus
Maize prices continued to rise seasonally, but at subdued rate, reflecting ample supplies
Food security conditions are generally stable
Production prospects for 2015 maize crop are satisfactory
Consistent heavy rains caused fatalities, flooding, and landslides in Madagascar.
A slow start to the rainy season observed in southwestern Ethiopia.