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23 May 2011 description

Regional food security situation and outlook

Drought conditions severely impacting food security in the eastern part of the region

The very poor rainfall performance and temporal distribution registered in March and April has caused serious dry conditions over several areas of the eastern part of the region, negatively affecting cropping and pastoral seasons.

30 Apr 2011 description
  • Sixty-three food commodities and livestock were traded across the borders of eastern Africa countries in 2010

  • Approximately 330,000 MT of cereals and 109,000 MT of pulses were traded. Seventy-six percent is this trade was formal, and 24 percent informal

  • Uganda and Ethiopia were the key export countries while Kenya and Northern Sudan were the main importers

  • August and December were the peak trading months following the main harvesting season in the source countries

14 Dec 2010 description

Areas of high concern persist despite overall regional improvement

Overall, the food security situation in the region is still slightly improving, confirming the trend registered over the past 3-4 months. Those improvements follow the above-normal to normal harvests from the past long rains season and good rangeland conditions.

However, despite those improvements, areas of high concern persist in the region.

12 Nov 2010 description

Call for Preemptive action to protect Livelihoods from confirmed La Niña event


  • Preemptive action is needed to protect livelihoods & avoid later costly lifesavings emergency interventions.
  • The FSNWG calls for The Humanitarian Community (donors, UN, NGOs) to be prepared NOW at regional & country levels.
  • Focus should be on contingency planning & fun mobilization.

19 Jul 2010 description

Overall improvement though areas of concern where food insecurity persists

The overall Food Security situation in the region has improved due to sustained normal to above normal rainfall conditions, in terms of intensity, duration and coverage, between the March to May 2010 rainfall season.