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20 Sep 2018 description

Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries

Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production

20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

29 Aug 2018 description

Key messages

• The 2017-18 rainfall season was characterized by a late start, an extended mid-season dry spell (December-January) and heavy rains from February into April. The dry spell caused moisture stress and wilting of the early planted crops in many areas in Botswana, south-western Madagascar, southern Malawi, southern and some central parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

08 Aug 2018 description

Overview

About 1.26 million people are expected to be severely food insecure in the Grand Sud and Grand Sud-Est regions of Madagascar between July and September 2018, according to the results of the Integrated Phase Classification food insecurity analysis conducted in June 2018.

19 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Esther Ngumbi

This post was co-authored with Esther Ngumbi.

18 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 64 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$1.13 m six months (Jun-Nov 2018) net funding requirements, representing 47% of total

  • 35,548 people assisted in May 2018

Operational Context

18 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 35,272 refugees benefited from general food distribution in Luwani and Dzaleka camps

  • 884,522 children benefiting from school meals in 13 food insecure districts

  • 88,000 people suffering from acute malnutrition received nutrition treatment

  • 3,500 mt of food assistance distributed

Operational Context

08 May 2018 description

Highlights
- Most of Southern Africa experienced erratic rainfall, delayed start of rainy season and extended midseason dry-spell from December to February which have wilted early planted crops in the region.
- In March 2018, significant rainfall was received in central and eastern parts of South Africa.

07 May 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).

30 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

Ademola Braimoh, Alex Mwanakasale, Antony Chapoto, Rhoda Rubaiza, Brian Chisanga, Ngao Mubanga, Paul Samboko, Asa Giertz, and Grace Obuya

Executive Summary

26 Apr 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

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

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

17 Mar 2018 description

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

Key Messages