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06 Nov 2013 description
  • The passage of a weak tropical disturbance is expected to produce heavy amounts of rainfall over northern Somalia.
  • Poor October rainfall across parts of central and eastern Kenya, as well as, southern Somalia lead to strengthening moisture deficits in the region.

1) The development of a tropical disturbance in the northwestern Indian Ocean is expected to move west and bring significantly heavy amounts of rainfall across the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.

01 Nov 2013 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

23 Oct 2013 description

FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlook reports for October 2013 to March 2014 are based on the following regional assumptions:

SEASONAL PERFORMANCE

01 Oct 2013 description

White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region. This is an important staple in Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia as well as in other marginal agricultural areas of the region.

26 Jul 2013 description

Somalia (S-C)

Somali movements to Yemen: An estimated 691 Somalis arrived on the Yemeni shores in June 2013, a 36%decrease from May 2013 and 24% decrease from June 2012. Somali arrivals are primarily from south and central Somalia. Many of the new arrivals have an intermediate level of education. Somali migrants/refugees cite the search for economic opportunities in Yemen and beyond. Somali migrants/refugees also cite insecurity and an increase in cases of sexual and gender based violence perpetuated largley by government forces.

27 Jun 2013 description

Highlights

  • Polio immunisation campaigns continue as new cases reported in Horn of Africa

  • Measles and Yellow Fever vaccinations underway in Ethiopia

  • The number of food insecure in the region has halved since the drought crisis

  • Chronic vulnerability remains with hunger-related deaths reported in Karamoja region of Uganda

  • Inter-communal conflict persists in Kenya

  • New influx of 20,000 South Sudanese reported in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda in 2013

12 May 2013 description

Widespread and well above-average amounts of March to May rains fell in East Africa

KEY MESSAGES

19 Apr 2013 description

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Djibouti

New Arrivals: In March 2013, an estimated 8,568 migrants arrived on Yemen’s shores via Djibouti, a 12% increase from February. Numbers of Ethiopians crossing the Red sea in March 2013 were 40% more than those who crossed in January. A total of 21,658 migrants crossed into Yemen via the Red Sea in the first quarter of 2013, 16% less than the first quarter of 2012. 90% of the first quarter totals crossing from Djibouti were Ethiopian. The rest were Somali.

19 Apr 2013 description

Recent Implementation Matrix between Sudan and South Sudan may improve food security

KEY MESSAGES

  • An estimated 12.9 million people in Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Rwanda face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) levels of food insecurity, a substantial reduction from the 14.9 million that needed assistance at the end of last year. This is mainly due to average to above average harvests across many countries in the region in late 2012 and early 2013 and favorable pastoral conditions(Figure 1).

09 Apr 2013 description

Heavy rains characterized the onset of March to May rains in Eastern Africa

KEY MESSAGES

• The onset of March to May rains have been timely across the cropping, agropastoral, and pastoral areas of Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda,
Burundi, Uganda, and Tanzania in the areas that receive these rains. The rains started between mid-March and the first week of April. They have been heavier-than-normal in most areas(Figure 1).

21 Mar 2013 description

White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region. This is an important staple in Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia as well as in other marginal agricultural areas of the region.

28 Feb 2013 description

Measured improvements may be sustained from January through June in some areas

KEY MESSAGES

• Significant improvements in current food security outcomes have occurred, even as 12.9 million people remain in the Stressed (IPC Phase 2), Crisis (IPC Phase 3), and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity.

24 Jan 2013 description

Late December and early January rains reduced some seasonal rainfall deficits in the eastern Horn

KEY MESSAGES

  • The October to December rains, which are important in the eastern Horn of Africa, continued into mid-January, reducing some of the deficits that had lasted through the first half of December.
    Nevertheless, cumulative, seasonal rainfall deficits remain in several areas of the eastern Horn.