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16 Mar 2018 description


This Outlook provides an overview of the anticipated humanitarian situation in the Great Lakes region from January to June 2018. It focuses on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and neighbouring countries—including Angola, Kenya and Zambia—that have received refugees and asylum-seekers due to the DRC crisis.

15 Mar 2018 description

The application is vital for early detection of Fall Armyworm and guiding best response

14 March 2018, Rome - FAO has launched a mobile application to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners at the frontline of the fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa to identify, report the level of infestation, and map the spread of this destructive insect, as well as to describe its natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it.

14 Mar 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

05 Mar 2018 description


FAO assesses that globally 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.
Conflicts continue to be the main factor driving the high levels of severe food insecurity.
Weather shocks have also adversely impacted food availability and access, notably in East Africa.


05 Mar 2018 description


  • Satisfactory outcome of 2017 second season harvest in bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Delayed harvest and reduced maize production in Karamoja Region due to erratic rainfall and Fall Armyworm attacks

  • Aggregate 2017 cereal production estimated at 3.6 million tonnes, 5 percent up from 2016 and slightly above average of previous five years

  • Below-average pasture and water availability in pastoral areas due to early cessation of seasonal rainfall and high temperatures

05 Mar 2018 description


  • Cereal production in 2017 estimated at near-average levels despite localized erratic rainfall and outbreaks of Fall Armyworms

  • Inflation rates expected to increase in 2018 due to high Government spending combined with declining export revenues

  • Food and livestock prices generally at high levels driven by limited supplies and market disruptions due to ongoing conflict

26 Feb 2018 description

Food security remains a major humanitarian concern in 2018 in multiple contexts. In this report, ACAPS highlights five of the worst affected countries, where large populations are food insecure, and where households and areas are either already in Catastrophe or Famine levels of food insecurity (IPC Phase 5), or are at risk of deteriorating into this situation.

26 Feb 2018 description

January 2018 IPC Classification

  • In January 2018, 5.3 million people (48% of the population) are estimated to be facing Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) acute food insecurity, out of which 1 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Compared with the same time last year, this reflects a 40% increase in the population facing severe food insecurity in the post-harvest season.

26 Feb 2018 description

Sustained assistance and access critical to prevent hunger reaching its highest level ever

26 February 2018, Juba - More than 7 million people in South Sudan - almost two-thirds of the population - could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

12 Feb 2018 description


Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops, and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night. Its modality of introduction along with its biological and ecological adaptation across Africa are still speculative.

09 Feb 2018 description


  • Annual lean season begins early across South Sudan

  • GoRSS declares end of cholera outbreak

  • Clashes continue despite cessation of hostilities agreement


31 Jan 2018 description


  • The WFP South Sudan Interim Country Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2020 was approved by the WFP Executive Board in November 2017, to take effect on 1 January 2018.

  • The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for South Sudan, launched on 13 December, indicates that 7 million people – well over half the population require humanitarian assistance.

  • WFP continues to deliver humanitarian assistance through the third northern corridor from Sudan to South Sudan.

16 Jan 2018 description


  • Armed clashes continue in violation of cessation of hostilities agreement

  • 2018 South Sudan HRP calls for more than $1.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 6 million people


16 Jan 2018 description


The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 (SOFI) has revealed that global hunger is on the rise again after declining for more than two decades. Global hunger rose from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million people in 2016.

04 Jan 2018 description


The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

30 Dec 2017 description

Minimal (IPC Phase 1) likely in most areas with average second season harvest

Key Messages

20 Dec 2017 description

BALTIMORE, Dec. 20, 2017 - Lutheran World Relief (LWR), an international NGO working to develop sustainable solutions to poverty, has released its 2018 Early Warning Forecast of regions it is monitoring for potential or worsening humanitarian crises over the coming year: 11 Humanitarian Hotspots for the World to Watch

Ambassador Daniel V. Speckhard, LWR president & CEO, noted that armed conflict is a thread running through the world's current crises.