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13 Feb 2019 description

Malawi is among the most climate-fragile countries in the world, ranking 105 out of 113 countries based on the 2016 Global Food Security Index. Agriculture remains the country’s mainstay, largely supporting most of its rural population with the sector contributing to about one third of its GDP. Since 2015, back-to-back El Niño/La Niña episodes affected the food security of more than 8 million people.

11 Feb 2019 description

to assist
4.9 million people

FAO requires
USD 67.9 million

period
December 2018 to December 2019

31 Jan 2019 description

In Numbers

253.1 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 11.27 m six months (January-June 2019) net funding requirements, representing 93% of total

54,280 people assisted in December 2018

Operational Updates

HIV and Nutrition:

30 Jan 2019 description
report New Era

ETUNDA - Farmers at Etunda village, south of Epalela in Omusati Region, fear that if it fails to rain many households will suffer food insecurity and many people, mostly the youth, will lose their income.

Normally households situated alongside Etaka dam, a man-made dam which supplies Etunda village with water throughout the year, are food secure.

Among the farms alongside Etaka dam is the Nakayale Private Academy and Agricultural Project, a farm managed by two women, Marlize Erasmus and Martina Makuwa fondly known by her community as meme Makuwa.

23 Jan 2019 description

Overview of the crisis

Mozambique is facing significant pockets of severe food insecurity, mainly due to poor rainfall and the fall army worm (FAW) invasion, which have contributed to reduced crop production, particularly of maize. The drought is also causing increased levels of malnutrition, water scarcity and school drop-outs, as well as heightening the risk of communicable diseases and of exacerbating HIV rates.

09 Jan 2019 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Dr Melanie Bateman, Lecturer in ICM Masters programme jointly-organised by CABI, University of Neuchâtel

08 Jan 2019 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • La production nationale de riz (paddy) est estimée à environ 3,3 millions de tonnes en 2018, soit 9 pour cent de plus que la maigre récolte de 2017, mais toujours 8 pour cent de moins que la moyenne quinquennale (2013-2017).

25 Dec 2018 description

Humanitarian assistance to ease Emergency (IPC Phase 4) in Beloha District in January 2019

KEY MESSAGES

• The first rains favorable for agriculture fell in November across most of Madagascar allowing farmers to start the new cropping season on time. Below average rainfall was recorded across the western half of the country between October and November 2018 but it will likely not affect staple crop production.

22 Dec 2018 description

Below-average rainfall will likely affect the 2018/19 season in southern and parts of central regions

Key Messages

22 Dec 2018 description

Crisis (IPC Phase3) outcomes will likely persist through the lean season

Key Messages

15 Dec 2018 description

Economic challenges and anticipated below-average rainfall to impact poor household food access

12 Dec 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The Northern Region received normal to above while the Centre and South receive below normal rainfall.

• The Centre and South experienced prolonged dry spells averaging 2-4 weeks while the North experienced minimal dry spells in isolated places.

• Fall army worms infestations were reported in all districts but unlike last year control measures were spontaneous this season thus minimising impact.

• Maize production has dropped from 3.5million MT to 2.7 million MT representing 28%.

12 Dec 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

A sharp increase in maize grain prices as the lean season progresses.

Maize prices

Prices of maize grain increased sharply on the local markets in the fourth week of November, signalling supply constraints induced by the below-average production due to fall armyworm and prolonged dry spells in the 2017/18 season

The weekly average price of MK 144 per kilogram is 55 percent higher than a year earlier and 7 percent higher than the five-year average.

12 Dec 2018 description

Executive Summary

The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.

05 Dec 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has warned that there is an increased probability of drought induced El Niño weather conditions expected in the Southern part of Africa; including Zimbabwe during the upcoming 2018/2019 agricultural season. Based on the El Niño forecast (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and looking at similar trends in previous years, below-average rainfall and a late start of erratic rains will lead to crop failure.

22 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

237mt of food assistance distributed

US$2.25 m six months (Aug 2018-Jan 2019) net funding requirements, representing 63% of total requirements

54,278 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

HIV and Nutrition:

21 Nov 2018 description

As predictions for El Niño reach 83 percent, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has begun preparing for its potential impact on the upcoming planting season across Southern Africa with a recent workshop in Johannesburg.

21 Nov 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Climate Prediction Centre is predicting El Niño climatic conditions during the main 2018-19 growing season with 70-75% probability while IRI has increased the probability to more than 85%. Furthermore, the forecasts suggest a likelihood of a weak to moderate El Niño event. Historically El Niño climatic conditions have resulted in reduced rainfall across the southern part of Southern Africa.

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.