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17 Aug 2017 description

Heavy rainfall in the western Gulf of Guinea triggers flooding and damages to infrastructure

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-normal rainfall since July has elevated the risk for flooding in southeastern Sudan and parts of western Ethiopia. Heavy rainfall is forecast for mid to late August.

  2. Despite increased moisture in early August, poorly distributed rainfall across parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia,
    Djibouti, and western Somalia since early July have led to high seasonal moisture deficits.

11 Aug 2017 description

Más de 658 millones de lempiras ha invertido el PMA en apoyo a las emergencias en Honduras

Con el propósito de respaldar y fortalecer las acciones que el PMA está realizando junto al Gobierno de Honduras en el tema de emergencias, llegó al país Denise Brown, Directora de Emergencias a nivel mundial del PMA, quien se reunirá con altos funcionarios del Gobierno para continuar fortaleciendo y proporcionar apoyo operacional, estratégico, sistemático y eficaz a las emergencias en Honduras.

10 Aug 2017 description

Despite heavy rains in other parts of East Africa, dryness remains in northern Ethiopia and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Several weeks of above-normal rainfall has led to saturated ground conditions and increased the risk of flooding in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. Heavy rainfall is forecast over the region during early August.

10 Aug 2017 description

Por finalizar la temporada de Primera en Centroamérica

MENSAJES CLAVE

09 Aug 2017 description

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.

09 Aug 2017 description

Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) Case Study

Abstract

Drought in the central American region is characterised by a variation in rainfall distribution, manifested by a few rainy events among long periods without rainfall within the rainy season, among other aspects (GWP 2014). This situation severely affects production cycles of agricultural producers, who heavily rely on rain-fed agriculture and lack adequate technology to face droughts; negatively influencing overall economic and social stability, and wellbeing.

04 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

03 Aug 2017 description

By Anastasia Moloney

BOGOTA, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new weather monitoring system to better forecast drought in Central America could help the region's governments and farmers avoid major crop losses and boost resilience to recurring water shortages, the United Nations says.

The tool is based on existing warning systems, and uses satellite and geospatial data to map areas where crops could be affected by drought, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

01 Aug 2017 description

Primera season production is expected to be average to above average

Key Messages

01 Aug 2017 description

Maize, beans, and rice are the main source of calories and protein in the diet in El Salvador. In times of acute stress, sorghum may also be consumed. Maize, beans, and sorghum are produced by smallholders and larger farmers in the country, but rice is almost entirely imported. Central Market at Gerardo Barrios in San Salvador, the capital city, serves both as the principal market in the country and as a regional market which can influence prices in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Santa Ana and Ahuachapan are important markets in the West with strong trade connections to Guatemala.

01 Aug 2017 description

Maize, beans, and rice provide over half the calories in the typical diet in Honduras. All three commodities are domestically produced, but Honduras has historically had a deficit of both maize and rice. Tegucigalpa, the capital, is the most populous city and an important market center. San Pedro Sula is the second largest city. San Pedro Sula and Santa Rosa de Copán are important markets in the northwest of the country with strong trade connections with Guatemala. El Paraiso and Danli are major regional markets in the East with strong trade connections with Nicaragua.

01 Aug 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWSNET 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.

31 Jul 2017 description

A nivel nacional, el precio del quintal de maíz disminuyó en un 5.98 por ciento de junio a julio de 2017, esto es anormal en esta época del año, en años anteriores durante julio se presentan los precios más altos del año. Algo importante de resaltar es que el precio del quintal de maíz cotizado en julio de este año, es el precio más bajo presentado en este mismo mes en los últimos cinco años.

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Concept Note of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) was discussed and approved by the s-PRP (Strategic Programme Review Process). The CSP draft will be send to the Regional Office on July 14.

Operational Updates

31 Jul 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Ambassador of European Union in El Salvador, the Head of the European Cooperation and the Minister of environment visited the project “El Niño Response in the Dry Corridor of Central America” funded by the EU to witness firsthand the achievements reached in the first nine months.

  • In June, WFP El Salvador provided cash-based transfers to 7,625 families reaching some 39,000 beneficiaries across the most vulnerable areas of the country.

Operational Updates

28 Jul 2017 description

Flooding observed in Nigeria and heavy rain continues in Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan

  1. Below-average rainfall since mid-May has led to abnormal dryness across eastern Uganda and southwestern Kenya. Moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact cropping and Pastoral activities.

  2. Repeated weeks of very heavy, above-normal rains have oversaturated the ground in parts of Ethiopia, Sudan, and South Sudan. More heavy rain during the next week is likely to cause further flooding.

27 Jul 2017 description

En mi reciente visita el Presidente Varela me hizo una única pero importante petición

Por José Graziano da Silva

Panamá tiene todas las condiciones para erradicar el hambre para el año 2030. Además de una sólida economía, posee una riqueza natural extraordinaria y más de dos millones de hectáreas de tierras con capacidad productiva.

27 Jul 2017 description

Positive prospects for Primera staple production in the dry corridor

Key Messages