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25 May 2017 description

Season B harvest to further improve food access

Key Messages

24 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FEWS NET projects elevated risk of Famine in Somalia, despite mitigating impact of humanitarian assistance

  • UN releases revised 2017 HRP for Somalia, requesting $1.5 billion to respond to humanitarian needs through December

  • USG announces more than $64 million in new humanitarian assistance for Somalia and Somali refugees in the Horn of Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently needs a total of USD 719.3 million for operations in Ethiopia (USD 398.4 million), Somalia (USD 290.7 million) and Kenya (USD 30.2 million) from May to October for the drought response.

  • Food security situation continues to deteriorate. In Ethiopia, the Government revised the number of HRD relief beneficiaries up from 5.6 million to 7.8 million. In Somalia, the number of people facing crisis and emergency (IPC 3 and 4 food security levels) has increased from 2.9 million to 3.2 million.

23 May 2017 description

Highlights - The nutrition situation remains of concern across Kenya’s northern pastoralist and southeastern marginal agricultural areas. Surveys conducted in January and February report a Global Acute Malnutrition rate of up to 30 per cent in three sub-counties.

  • Depressed rainfall is reported over most of the country, especially eastern areas, during the March to May long rains season.

  • The long rains assessment is scheduled for the end of June and may lead to a revision of the Kenya Flash Appeal.

19 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • Below-average rainfall was received in March and April, but heavy rainfall was recorded in early May.

  • An outbreak of Fall Army Worm may greatly affect maize harvests.

  • A mid-season food security assessment is in progress.

  • The Government and WFP are working to respond to drought, with the Government providing the funding for cash transfers and WFP providing technical assistance.

  • National social protection systems are responding to some of the needs of drought-affected people.

19 May 2017 description

Addis Ababa May 19/2017 An all-out effort is underway to control the fall armyworm that has infested some parts of Ethiopia, according to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The armyworm known as Spodopterais native to South America and has attacked maize crop in 13 Zones of Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional State, and 7 Zones of Oromia as well as 2 Zones of Gambella regional states, it added.

19 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

NAIROBI — After more than a year of wreaking havoc across western and southern Africa, fall armyworms have now been reported in most countries in eastern Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Burundi.

Timothy Mbaya is a 25-year-old farmer from western Kenya. He says 75 percent of his maize crop was destroyed by a fall armyworm infestation in April.

15 May 2017 description

Rainfall

The late onset of seasonal rains (March-May) has affected central, northwestern and southeastern Kenya, Uganda’s Karamoja region, and southern and central Somalia.

Flash floods are ongoing in Somalia’s Bari, Madung and Bay regions. FAO SWALIM expects increased water levels in the Juba and Shabelle river basins.

In Kenya , torrential rains have caused floods and landslides in Kwale, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Garissa counties, including in Dadaab camp.

13 May 2017 description

Rains intensify across the region in late April, early May

KEY MESSAGES

  • Late season rains intensified across the region during the past several weeks, reducing rainfall deficits across some drought-affected areas of the Eastern Horn. While these rains are likely to contribute to improvements in cropping prospects and pasture and water availability in some areas, flooding has already resulted in damage in localized areas of Kenya, and may affect parts of Ethiopia and southern Somalia in the coming weeks.

09 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Projected late-2017 El Niño climatic event could affect food security in the Horn of Africa

  • UNICEF increases Somalia malnutrition projection to 1.4 million children impacted by late 2017

  • Donors fund 76 percent of Somalia Operational Plan for Famine Prevention

  • Relief actors detect fall armyworm infestation in Ethiopia and Kenya

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY MESSAGES

• Kenya is currently experiencing delayed onset of long rains as well as inadequate rainfall where it has rained. Dry conditions across the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), are negatively impacting livestock productivity, and delaying land preparations and planting, further affecting the food security situation.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• The Government of Ethiopia has declared an outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) in Somali region and fears it could spread to other drought affected regions. The Ministry of Health has called for increased engagement of humanitarian partners to stem the situation.

09 May 2017 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The persistent drought in the lowland areas of Ethiopia has increased the vulnerability of the population prompting the government to revise the number of people requiring emergency food aid from 5.6 million to 7.7 million.

• In view of the growing humanitarian needs in Somalia, World Vision now seeks 37 million US dollars to urgently reach over 1 million people with life saving humanitarian assistance. Consequently, World Vision has amended its appeal for the regional crisis from 92 million to 110 million US dollars.

06 May 2017 description

Marginal improvements impeded by delayed and significantly poor long rains

KEY MESSAGES

04 May 2017 description

Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massive awareness campaign, scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration, indicated scientists attending the Stakeholders Consultation Meeting on the Fall Armyworm in Nairobi this week.

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average precipitations at beginning of 2017B agricultural season

  • Harvest of 2017A season affected in parts by belowaverage rainfall

  • Maize prices at high levels due to tight national and regional supplies

  • Generally good food security situation, with pockets of food insecurity in some eastern and southern districts

  • Significant number of refugees from Burundi in need of humanitarian assistance

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Uncertain prospects for 2017 “long-rains” crops due to early season dryness and fall armyworm infestations in key-producing areas

  • Reduced 2016 cereal output due to unfavourable weather conditions, particularly during the October-December “short-rains” season

  • Prolonged and severe drought affecting livestock conditions and productivity in most agro-pastoral and pastoral areas

  • Prices of maize surging to near-record to record levels in recent months

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description

Below-average rainfall and armyworm infestation threaten harvest prospects

KEY MESSAGES

• First season rainfall has been below average and erratically distributed in most areas. Planting was delayed in eastern and northern bimodal areas and in Karamoja and green harvests are now likely to arrive 3 to 4 weeks later than normal in these areas. Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are expected in eastern bimodal areas and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are likely in Moroto, Napak, and Kaabong through July.

28 Apr 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.