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10 Jan 2013 description

Key messages from the FSNWG meeting held on December 13, 2012 (FSNWG, 13/12/12)

  • The food security situation in the region continues to improve. The current conditions are better in comparison to the same time last year and as good as has been observed in the 5 years.

  • October to December agro-climatic conditions have been favourable for agricultural and livestock production (FEWS NET Nov 12). A normal cessation to October to December rains is expected

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.

11 May 2012 description

Key Messages from the FSNWG meeting held April 19, 2012 (FSNWG, 19/04/12)

  • Over 9 million people in the region are still in need of humanitarian assistance (FSNWG, 15 Mar 12).

  • The general delayed onset and erratic March-April-May rainfall in the region is causing food security concerns as planting was delayed. Most countries in the region remained in stressed and crisis food insecurity situation - IPC phases 2 and 3 respectively (as shown on the food security map on the left).

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.

13 Dec 2011 description

Regional food security situation and outlook

Famine persists in Somalia despite concerted humanitarian response and good rains in the Eastern Horn of Africa

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).

23 Aug 2011 description

More people require emergency assistance as the drought worsens

The number of people needing emergency assistance in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia has increased from about 11.5 million in mid-July 2011 to about 12.42 million. These increases have been mainly due to new arrivals of refugees from Somalia who are fleeing into neighbouring countries in pursuit of humanitarian assistance.

22 Jul 2011 description

Evidence of severely reduced food access, acute malnutrition, and crude mortality indicates that a famine is currently ongoing in two areas of southern Somalia: the Bakool agropastoral livelihood zones and all areas of Lower Shabelle. A humanitarian emergency currently exists across all other regions of the south, and the current humanitarian response is inadequate to meet emergency needs. As a result, famine is expected to spread across all regions of the south in the coming 1-2 months.