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04 Jul 2017 description


Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and also to legumes as well as vegetable crops and cotton.

04 Jul 2017 description
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04 Jul 2017 description

Key points:

  • Food security continues to improve as households enjoy better dietary diversity in most districts in monitored provinces

  • There is a marked increase in the share of households with high dietary diversity in Copperbelt Province

  • Groundnut prices plummet in Mafinga in Muchinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Choma in Southern Province

  • Maize prices fall considerably in Nakonde in Mafinga Province, Petauke in Eastern Province and Kaoma in Western Province

30 Jun 2017 description


National cereal production in 2017 forecast at above-average levels, mainly as a result of generally favourable seasonal rains

Maize prices declined on expectations of improved output in 2017, while strengthening of national currency also eased inflationary pressure

29 Jun 2017 description

Key Points
- May harvests bring down maize and pulses prices
- The use of coping strategies falls among households led by women and households receiving food assistance
- Fewer households receive food assistance as programmes are scaled down

29 Jun 2017 description


Regional main staples prices mostly declined, and were below their respective 2016 levels in most areas. Malawi and Mozambique saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price decline of white maize. Zambia registered the highest drop in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis mode reflecting increased availability.

27 Jun 2017 description

Key points:

  • Strong recovery of maize production translates into lower prices

  • Abundance of food stocks lowers negative coping levels

  • Purchasing power rises in the Southern and Central regions

  • New admissions for malnourished children fall

Situation Update

22 Jun 2017 description

Key Messages
- Despite the fall armyworm infestation experienced in most parts of the country and the very late distribution of subsidized inputs, Zambia managed to attain a record maize output due to good rainfall. Maize production is estimated at 3.61 million MT. With a carryover stock level of 567,000 MT, total maize availability will exceed the national cereal requirement by 1.18 million MT, which will be available for export.

15 Jun 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationKatelyn Faulkner, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Pretoria
Brett Hurley, Senior Lecturer Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
Mark Robertson, Associate Professor Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria

This article is the first in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species.

14 Jun 2017 description


  • Cereal production in 2017 expected to nearly double compared to drought-reduced 2016 output

  • High yields reflect beneficial weather and good access to agricultural inputs

  • Cereal prices fall, while import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to contract on account of production rebound

  • Food security conditions anticipated to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly

14 Jun 2017 description


  • Maize production foreseen to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Import forecast cuts in 2017/18 marketing year, reflecting expectations of larger maize output

  • Declining prices of maize on account of lower import prices and good production prospects

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production forecast to recover in 2017

12 Jun 2017 description


  • In April, WFP conducted the last food distribution of the Emergency Operation (EMOP). A Budget Revision was approved to extend cash based transfer (CBT) activities through May.

  • In April, WFP assisted 213,238 people with emergency assistance, of which 71,090 received food and 142,148 received CBT. In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, and pipeline breaks are expected in July 2017.

Operational Updates

10 Jun 2017 description

Above-average harvests likely to lead to largely Minimal food insecurity outcomes

Key Messages

09 Jun 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence

09 Jun 2017 description

Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought

FAO report notes heavy toll of disrupted farming, higher prices and displaced livelihoods

8 June 2017, Rome-- Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

08 Jun 2017 description


La chenille légionnaire d’automne (Spodoptera frugiperda) est un insecte ravageur qui attaque plus de 80 espèces de plantes, causant des dégâts à des céréales d’importance économique telles que le maïs, le riz et le sorgho, mais aussi aux cultures maraîchères et au coton.

02 Jun 2017 description


• Harvests begin across Southern Africa, improving food security for vulnerable households

• Projections for June to September indicate Minimal levels of food insecurity across the region

• USAID/FFP provides nearly $270,000 in new funding to UNICEF to continue nutrition


02 Jun 2017 description
report CGIAR

JUNE 2, 2017 FROM CGIAR News from CGIAR System Organization

The recent appearance of the fall armyworm, an insect-pest, which causes damage to more than 80 crop species in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, poses a serious challenge and significant risk to the region’s food security.

01 Jun 2017 description


The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.