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16 Jan 2019 description

The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting:

14 Jan 2019 description

Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes likely to be widespread due to below-average short rains season

KEY MESSAGES

07 Dec 2018 description

FAO and partners to scale up efforts to reduce the impacts of the pest on smallholders in Eastern Africa

06 December 2018, Kigali¬:— Recognizing the enormity of the challenge the Fall Armyworm poses on smallholder farmers, government representatives and partners stressed the need to bolster a novel community-based approach being promoted in Eastern Africa to assist farmers and development agents at the frontline to identify and manage the spread of the pest.

26 Nov 2018 description

Scientists from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Niger say that 99 percent of the media and research coverage on the fall armyworm focuses on the invasive pest’s deadly threat to maize.

And deservedly so: The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) is indeed a major problem for maize—more than 40 nations in Africa, where hundreds of millions of people depend on maize, are rushing to find a solution to the pest that can travel long distances and reproduce in large numbers.

20 Nov 2018 description

High risk countries and potential impacts on food security and agriculture

In view of the potential impact of the 2018/19 El Niño on food security and agriculture, high risk countries in Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America should be prioritized for further monitoring, analysis and early action.

19 Nov 2018 description

“At first I didn’t dare pick the worms with my fingers. But after a while I built up the courage – I picked them and took them to my grandfather so he could destroy them’, Grace Yvonne tells us.

16 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security conditions improve in Kenya, decreasing the food-insecure population to approximately 700,000 people

  • March-to-May long rains result in extensive flooding, affecting an estimated 800,000 people

  • The USG provides more than $131.4 million in FY 2018 humanitarian funding

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

26 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received insignificant off season precipitation during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing a decrease of 6% compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation greenness above normal. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal in September.

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

26 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

** Drought Phase: Normal-Improving**

Biophysical Indicators

  • Most biophysical indicators show positive fluctuations above the expected seasonal ranges.

  • Below average rainfall was received in the month of September 2018.

  • The September Vegetation Condition Index values for Baringo County are above normal but on a declining trend compared to last month.

23 Oct 2018 description
report The Guardian

Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continent

Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.

18 Oct 2018 description

The African Development Bank recently convened a meeting of experts and stakeholders in the agricultural sector to design integrated pest and disease management mechanisms for controlling the spread of the Fall Army Worm in East Africa.

The Fall Army Worm or Spodoptera frugiperda is an invasive insect threatening food supplies and incomes of millions of African smallholder farmers. The multi-stakeholder, regional action plans to stop the menace of the worm in Africa falls under the Bank’s Technologies for African Agriculture Transformation (TAAT) agenda.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • August was generally dry with the exception of light off-season showers in the mixed farming and rain-fed cropping livelihood zones.
  • Natural vegetation conditions were good across all livelihood zones similar to July

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: There was no rainfall received in the month under review across the County. Cumulative rainfall from the onset of the rains to date was 133percent of the normal.

  • Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month under review was 90.09 hence falls in the above normal vegetation greenness band. Forage condition is good across the livelihood zones.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received off season precipitation during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing an decrease of 2percent compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation greenness above normal. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal in August.

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • All three dekads of the month received normal rainfall.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was above-normal at 59.77.

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was moderate which was normal for this time of the year.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • Below normal rains were recorded during the month under review.

  • The state of water sources was normal at this time of the year.

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) in August recorded above normal vegetation greenness as compared to the long term mean at this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county received some off-season rains in the last week of August.  Pasture, browse and water situations were above the long term average for similar period of the year.

Production Indicators

  • Livestock body condition was good and stable for all species.

  • Household daily milk production was still below the long term average due to low livestock tropical unit and low calving rate.

03 Oct 2018 description

Overview

The Early Warning Early Action initiative has been developed with the understanding that disaster losses and emergency response costs can be drastically reduced by using early warning analysis to act before a crisis escalates into an emergency. Early actions strengthen the resilience of at-risk populations, mitigate the impact of disasters and help communities, governments and national and international humanitarian agencies to respond more effectively and efficiently.

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General