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27 Sep 2012 description

Key Messages from the FSNWG meeting held September 20, 2012 (FSNWG, 20/09/12)

  • The normal to above normal rainfall predictions for the October-to-December seasonal rains in several parts of the region is expected to have a positive impact on crop and livestock productivity, except in flood prone areas.

  • The expected rains coupled with good food security interventions can lead to improved nutrition levels and food security for populations in the region.

06 Sep 2012 description

The El Niño/La Niña–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Alert System is currently on “El Niño Watch” status, with all leading Global Climate Centre’s (GCC’s) indicating increased likelihood for its occurrence by October - September 2012. The El Niño would be expected to continue into early next year.

05 Jun 2012 description

Key Messages from the FSNWG meeting held May 17, 2012 (FSNWG, 17/05/12)

  • The current rains intensified late in the season and have largely been beneficial to most parts of the region.

  • However, significant rainfall deficits remain over the eastern horn of the region which is likely to affect crop production in eastern Kenya, southern Somalia and southern Ethiopia.

13 Jan 2012 description

From drought to floods — climate variability still impacting on vulnerable pastoral and agricultural communities.

The Eastern sector of the region has suddenly shifted from experi-encing severe drought to floods. This feature is a constant and urgent reminder of climate variability impacting on the most vulnerable pastoral and marginal agricultural communities.

22 Sep 2011 description

Cereal crop in Somalia at 17-year low as famine spreads and food prices soar

The number of people affected by the current drought crisis in the Horn of Africa now stands at 13.3 million, with those affected in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. This is a significant increase from 12.42 million reported in August 2011 (UNHCR, KFSSG, FSNAU).