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02 Jul 2015 description

2 July 2015, Rome - West Africa has unprecedented opportunities for agricultural growth, but making the most of them will require more effective regional integration, says a new report by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

02 Jul 2015 description

Poor rainfall across parts of the Sahelian zone will likely cause planting delays in some areas

KEY MESSAGES

  • As the Intertropical Front continues its northward migration but over the region it still remains south of its climatological position resulting in below average rainfall over large portions of the Sahelian zone.

01 Jul 2015 description
  • A slight decrease in rainfall was observed over West Africa during the past week.

  • Parts of Eastern Africa have received below-average rain since the beginning of the season.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

01 Jul 2015 description

The market situation is characterised by a good supply in the region. The global cereal supply was also reinforced by carry-over stocks in the Central commercial Basin and cross-border trade flows. However, low supply levels were observed in some markets, mainly in areas of conflict in Northern Mali, Northern Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin. Prices of major commodities remained close to the last five-year average, with downward trends in the Eastern and Central Basins.

30 Jun 2015 description

African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.

26 Jun 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to relieve dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

24 Jun 2015 description
  • Drier than average conditions observed in southeastern Senegal and western Mali.

  • Favorable rainfall distribution continues over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

24 Jun 2015 description
report Kimse Yok Mu

Despite the fundamental role of water for human health, survival, and development, today more than 750 million people live without access to clean water1. Moreover, 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation 2. As a result of these realities, every minute a child dies from a water-related disease, and more than 840,000 people lose their lives due to lack of access to clean water and sanitation.

22 Jun 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 17 mai 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (AOC) a enregistré environ 8787 cas et 170 décès (Let. = 1.9%) de choléra dans 6 pays (Cameroun, Cote d’Ivoire, R.D. Congo, Ghana, Niger,
Nigeria, et Togo).

22 Jun 2015 description

Dakar / Ouagadougou, 22 June 2015: The Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel (CILSS) and several United Nations agencies signed today a two-year strategic partnership agreement to strengthen the resilience of communities in the Sahel that are highly vulnerable to food insecurity and malnutrition.

19 Jun 2015 description

Rainfall remains below average across parts of West Africa, Latin America, Ethiopia, and Djibouti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western Niger, and north-central Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past five weeks has delayed planting and already negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

17 Jun 2015 description
  • Despite a recent improvement in rainfall, dryness has persisted over parts of West Africa.

  • Below-average rainfall observed in northwestern Ethiopia and central South Sudan since the start of the season.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rain has adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.

16 Jun 2015 description

Poor rainfall over central West Africa observed at the start of the season

KEY MESSAGES

  • Over the past two months the Intertropical Front (ITF) northward migration has been generally slower than typical over the middle of the Sudanian-Guinean zone, resulting in below average rainfall over a large portion of the region.

13 Jun 2015 description
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Start of season remains slow in parts of West Africa, abnormal dryness continues in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across southern Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, and north-central Nigeria.
    The lack of rainfall over the past five weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas of the region.

11 Jun 2015 description
report Government of Ghana

My Fellow Ghanaians,

My Brothers and Sisters,

It would be ironic and perhaps, some might even say, a bit unwise, for me to stand before you this morning—just as I am to deliver a speech—and admit that I am at a loss for words. But that is precisely what I am doing, because it is the truth.

An event, or a series of events, such as the floods and explosion that occurred on June 3rd removes all the adornments and day-to-day distractions, and forces us to confront some essential details of our reality.

10 Jun 2015 description
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ABIDJAN, 10 June 2015 - West African and Sahel countries are facing increasingly severe impacts of natural and man-made disasters and need to better anticipate and implement measures that spare communities profound devastation and hardship, underscored the 9th Annual Consultation of the Regional Committee on Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO) held in Abidjan on 8 - 10 June 2015.

10 Jun 2015 description
  • Abnormal dryness has settled in across West Africa due to insufficient rains since the start of the season.

  • Seasonal rains continue in Eastern Africa.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rains had adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belgproducing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.

08 Jun 2015 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.

04 Jun 2015 description
  • Heavy rain affected the southern part of Togo in western Africa on 2 June causing floods. According to WMO, there have been recorded approx. 73mm in 24h in Tabligbo in southern Togo.

  • As of 3 June local media report one person died, two were injured and several homes were damaged in the capital city of Lome.

  • Over the next 24h heavy rain may still affect the area.

03 Jun 2015 description

- The onset of the rainy season has been sluggish over West Africa, but an increase in rainfall is expected during the next week.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rains had adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season has already ended, recovery is unlikely.