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02 Feb 2017 description
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El Nino 2015-2016 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.
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Disaster associated with El Nino in 1997-1998, 2002-2003 or 2009-2010 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.

11 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2016 secondary “belg” season cereal crops underway
  • March‑May “belg” rains expected to be favourable, especially in SNNPR and southern Oromia Region
  • Cereal prices remain firm despite ongoing commercialization of 2015 main “meher” season harvest
  • Number of people in need of food assistance estimated at high 10.2 million
16 Nov 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Drought conditions affecting pasture and water availability in most pastoral and agro-pastoral areas

  • Mixed prospects for 2015 main “meher” cereal crops

  • Cereal prices easing in October with beginning of “meher” crop harvest, while prices of livestock products and vegetables remain high

  • Food security conditions sharply deteriorated in recent months due to drought conditions

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.

20 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Unfavourable prospects for 2015 secondary “belg” season cereal crops

  • Poor livestock body conditions in most pastoral areas due to dry weather conditions affecting pasture and water

  • Cereal prices increasing in June due to progress of lean season coupled with unfavourable prospects for “belg” season

  • Food security conditions deteriorate in “belg” season dependent areas as well as in most pastoralist areas

18 Jul 2013 description

Halting land degradation in Niger helps to tackle African desertification

18 July 2013, Kouloumboutey, Niger – When village people and local authorities in southern Niger won back over one hundred hectares of degraded land, they added one extra piece to a mosaic being laid across the Sahel and the Sahara aimed at tackling desertification and land degradation.

Ibrahim Dan Ladi, a 47-year-old farmer from southern Niger, remembers that his village of Kouloumboutey used to be surrounded by thick forest.