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10 Dec 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production prospects point to aboveaverage cereal output in 2018

  • Production of maize reached record high of 3.7 million tonnes in 2017

  • Exports of maize expected to increase in 2017/18, on account of ample domestic supplies

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions improved in 2017/18, on back of larger agricultural output

Early production outlook favourable for 2018 crops

07 Dec 2017 description

Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Some 37 countries, 29 of which are in Africa, require external assistance for food, according to the report.

01 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • Onset of seasonal rains is delayed in parts of South Africa and Lesotho
  • Rainfall season has started on time in northern parts of the region, and most other areas are expected to experience onset of rains in November
  • Integrated pest management strategies have been recommended for countering fall armyworm outbreaks

Regional Summary

01 Dec 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 30 November 2017 15:23 GMT

Infestations of the pest have erupted across Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Half of Malawi's maize has been infected by crop-munching armyworms, a senior government official said on Thursday.

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27 Nov 2017 description

1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Southern Africa continues to recover from the 2015/2016 El Niño-induced drought, which by January 2017 had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)1. The substantial government- and SADC-led response, supported by $900 million from the international humanitarian community2, empowered farmers to take advantage of a good 2016/2017 rainfall season, delivering an April 2017 cereal harvest 3 per cent above the 5-year average.

24 Nov 2017 description

BACKGROUND

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.

18 Nov 2017 description

Food availability and access largely remain favorable across Mozambique

15 Nov 2017 description

ZOONOTIC THREATS

ANIMAL DISEASES THAT ALSO AFFECT HUMANS

Zoonoses are diseases that are naturally transmissible between animals and humans. It is estimated that about 60 percent of known human infectious diseases originate from animals, and that 75 percent of newly emerging diseases affecting humans are zoonotic, with most coming from wildlife. Zoonoses can cause severe and potentially fatal illness in animals and humans, as well as serious epidemics and pandemics.

10 Nov 2017 description

Countries with confirmed outbreaks can face import bans on their agricultural products because armyworm is classified as a quarantine pest

CAPE TOWN, Nov 9 (Reuters) - South Africa has managed to control an outbreak of fall armyworm pests, which were first detected in January and mainly threatened maize crops, the agriculture minister said on Thursday.

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07 Nov 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2018 cereal crops underway

  • Cereal production in 2017 rebounded strongly, mostly resulting from beneficial weather conditions

  • Maize prices well below year-earlier levels, reflecting favourable supply situation

  • Food security situation improved significantly, with food insecure numbers falling by 87 percent on yearly basis

Planting of 2018 crops underway

01 Nov 2017 description

Below-average household incomes to affect food access as prices increase

KEY MESSAGES

01 Nov 2017 description

Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue

KEY MESSAGES

01 Nov 2017 description

Overall favorable food security conditions to prevail across the country until the next harvest

KEY MESSAGES

27 Oct 2017 description

Generally favorable food security outcomes expected through May 2018

Key Messages

25 Oct 2017 description

Situation

The normal to above normal 2016/17 rainfall season, coming after a devastating El Nino induced drought, coupled with support from both Government and Private sector through the Special Maize Programme as well as other supportive initiatives such as contract farming had a positive impact on the agriculture sector.