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22 Jun 2015 description

Director-General meets Rabobank board to enlarge FAO’s flagship partnership

22 June, 2015, Utrecht - FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa.

"This is a flagship partnership for FAO," Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said in an address today to the foodFIRST conference here, which this year is focused on the future of farming and food security in Africa.

10 Jun 2014 description

Erratic and below-average rainfall performance during the March to May season

Key Messages

  • March to May rains have been erratic and well below-average in East Africa, particularly in parts of Kenya, Tanzania, eastern Ethiopia and central and northern Somalia.

  • Conversely, the main rainy season began early in much of South Sudan with above-average rainfall in April and May. Torrential rains in the Tanzanian Coastal Strip caused some flooding and resulted in property damage in the area.

14 May 2014 description
  • Heavy rains increase already substantial thirty-day rainfall surpluses in Cote D’Ivoire and South Sudan.

  • An increase in rain is observed across dry portions of central Somalia, though, dryness remain.

30 Apr 2014 description

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

25 Apr 2014 description

Rainfall has been erratic over the eastern Horn of Africa

Key Messages

  • Erratically timed rains fell across the eastern Horn in early April. In the western sector of the region, cumulative rainfall remained below average in most areas.

  • Very heavy, torrential rains over Tanzania’s coastal strip, especially over Dar es Salaam from April 12 to 14 and over Morogoro Region led to floods. Short-term forecasts suggest the possibility of further flooding.

16 Apr 2014 description
  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

03 Apr 2014 description
  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

25 Jan 2013 description
report AlertNet

By Lucas Liganga

LONDIGO, Tanzania (AlertNet) – The loss of more than half their livestock in the 2009 drought has led Maasai pastoralists in northern Tanzania’s Arusha region to breed fewer, stronger cattle and end their traditional focus on numbers alone as symbols of wealth and status.

The impact of that devastating drought, which dealt a blow to the whole nation’s economy, is still visible in the small number of cattle in many villages of Engarenaibor in Arusha’s Longido district.

21 Sep 2011 description

Famine, food shortages, malnutrition, massive loss of livestock and skyrocketing food prices continue to affect more than 11 million people in East African countries as drought and hunger spread across the region.

23 Nov 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Despite critical links between agriculture and the MDGs, agricultural statistics remain weak

    - World Bank, Gates Foundation now collaborating to improve household surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa

    - Plan includes active dissemination of results and open access to data

    The World Bank's World Development Report 2008 highlighted the key role of agriculture in meeting the 2015 targets laid out by the Millennium Development Goals.

06 Oct 2006 description
report Oxfam

People living in the drought-affected areas of north Kenya, Ethiopia and south Somalia will continue to face difficulties in the months to come despite improvements in the humanitarian conditions as a result of the recent long rains.

Food and water shortages are expected until the next harvesting season in February 2007.

01 Sep 2004 description


Weekly Introduction:
Southern Africa CCA Guidance for November -- January at Four Month Lead

The outlook for southern Africa rainfall at four months lead indicates a tilt of the odds for below normal rainfall over northern Mozambique, southern Malawi and southwestern Tanzania. There is a tilt of the odds toward above normal rainfall over much of southern Africa and limited regions of Angola and Zaire. Climatology is expected elsewhere.