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19 Apr 2018 description

05 April 2018, Harare - The Government of Japan has contributed US$ 500,000 to fight the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and fall armyworm (FAW) in the Republic of Zimbabwe. The project, being rolled out this month, will be implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and working closely with the Government of Zimbabwe.

07 Apr 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2018 forecast to fall slightly, due to dry weather conditions, but still exceed average

  • Maize meal prices down on yearly basis, mostly reflecting reduced prices in South Africa, country’s main source of grains

  • Food security conditions stable in most parts of country due to good output in 2017 but expected production decline in 2018 anticipated to aggravate situation in dry weather-affected areas

04 Apr 2018 description

This quarterly update is compiled by OCHA ROSEA to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better engage with disaster-affected communities across Southern and Eastern Africa.

CwC News in Southern & Eastern Africa

A lifeline for people affected by drought in Somalia

01 Apr 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2018 expected to decline to below-average level of around 3 million tonnes, mostly reflecting unfavourable rains

  • Maize prices rise seasonally at start of 2018, but remained below year-earlier levels on account of overall improved supply situation

  • Food security expected to worsen later in the year in specific areas affected by dry weather conditions

Production of maize forecast to fall in 2018

31 Mar 2018 description

Southwestern Madagascar continues to feel effects of dryness

Key Messages

Cyclone Eliakim passed along the eastern coast of Madagascar in mid-March, damaging clove crops in Analanjirofo region during their flowering stage. Vanilla was less affected. Some severe flooding was reported by OCHA in ricefields in Maroantsetra, and less severe flooding in Mandritsara and Ambilobe.

30 Mar 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Sorghum makes important contributions to national food supply in the counties covered in this report, accounting for the majority of grain production in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia (82, 76 and 55 percent, respectively), and smaller amounts in Ethiopia and Uganda (18 and ten percent, accordingly). Sorghum accounts over half of grain consumption in South Sudan and Sudan and nine to 18 percent in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Uganda, respectively.

29 Mar 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Malawi is experiencing the most severe prolonged dry spells and army worm infestation, which are threatening the agricultural production of 3.8 million people. With little or no rain in parts of the country and fall army worms still destroying crop fields, the outlook is alarming which will result in hunger for over 3.8 million people till the next planting season. Even before the prolonged dry spells, Malawi Government had declared a national disaster in December 2017 because of fall army worms.

24 Mar 2018 description

by Reuters
Friday, 23 March 2018 13:30 GMT

Malawi declared the armyworms a national disaster in December after discovering the pests had spread to 22 of Malawi's 28 districts

  • Dry spell exacerbating risk to crop output

  • FEWS NET estimates 10 percent drop in 2017/18 crop

  • Farmers turn to neem tree for cheaper pesticide

By Frank Phiri

19 Mar 2018 description

Highlights

  • Unfavorable weather conditions, high temperatures, persistence of pest infestation, continued recovery from the 2015/2016 El Nino drought, are likely to have a negative impact on 2018 harvest and food security.

  • WFP food assistance programmes currently ongoing in central and southern provinces support many of the most vulnerable areas primarily through resilience programmes.

  • WFP launched its feedback and complaint mechanism with women operators in Gaza and Tete.

17 Mar 2018 description

Food security outcomes expected to deteriorate earlier than usual in drought affected areas

Key Messages

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.

13 Mar 2018 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW

  • Maize is the main staple and cereal crop. Maize crop failures in the region have historically had significant impact on food security.

  • Erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Armyworm infestation lower cereal crop production prospects for 2018 in Southern Africa.

05 Mar 2018 description

COUNTRIES REQUIRING EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD

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.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

04 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Researchers have found intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Desmodium and Brachiaria grass are high quality animal fodder plants.

01 Mar 2018 description

Significant production deficits in semiarid areas likely to lead to Crisis outcomes from June

KEY MESSAGES

01 Mar 2018 description

Prolonged dry spells to reduce 2018 maize production prospects

KEY MESSAGES

01 Mar 2018 description

Rainfall deficits in southwestern Madagascar and flooding in southeastern Madagascar disrupt agriculture

KEY MESSAGES

• The northern half of Madagascar received above average rainfall during the 2017/2018 rainy season 2017/2018 but the southern half received below average rainfall. A deficit was particularly seen in the southwest, including the Tsiribihini Delta production area that is a major food supplier to southern Madagascar, which received only 55 percent of average rainfall between October 2017 and February 2018.

01 Mar 2018 description

Widespread February rains improve conditions among late-planted crops, but most early-planted crops in the south are lost

KEY MESSAGES

27 Feb 2018 description

Key Figures
- 75% shortfall in rain in large parts of the region during January
- 14,732 cholera cases and 218 deaths reported since 2017
- 234,200 people affected by floods and cyclones in 2018

Overview

27 Feb 2018 description

Dry weather conditions and high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa

FAO warns that food insecurity is set to rise again

26 February 2018, Rome - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said today.

While cereal stocks in the region are ample, the spell of dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields and may aggravate the impact of the Fall Armyworm pest.