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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.

31 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

Malawi was impacted by dry spells in between December and January mostly in the southern part of the country and some districts in the Central Region – affected production of most key crops. Flooding in March towards the end of the season and the FAM infestation also negatively impacted agricultural production. Overall, maize production declined by 28.4% compared to last year and was 20.3% below the 5-year average. There was also a decrease in the production of pulses (-10%), soybeans (-19%) and beans (-5.5%).

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.

27 Jul 2018 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 27 Jul 2018.

The **FAWRisk-Map** incorporates diverse socio-economic and agro-ecological data so that responders can visualise where the underlying risk of household **food insecurity** due to Fall Armyworm is highest. The tool consists of a number of layers allowing users to disaggregate risk into its constituent parts. By highlighting potential "hotspots", the tool is intended to assist decision-makers in prioritising and preparing for early action in targeted areas.

19 Jul 2018 description

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

This post was co-authored with Esther Ngumbi.

04 Jul 2018 description

Poor rainfall will again lead to below-average main staple harvests in Southern Madagascar

KEY MESSAGES

• National rice production will likely be 3.6 Million MT which is 17 percent higher than last year and near the 5-year average. Overall national maize production will likely be 264,000 MT which is 6 percent lower than last year and 21 percent below the 5-year average. National cassava production will likely be 2.6 Million MT which is 3 percent higher than last year but 7 percent below the 5-year average.

30 Jun 2018 description

Food deficits projected for poor households due to constrained food and income sources

KEY MESSAGES

30 Jun 2018 description

Crisis outcomes likely to persist until the next main harvest in March 2019

KEY MESSAGES

29 Jun 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production in 2018 forecast at above-average level, but set to decline on yearly basis reflecting dry weather conditions in southern and central parts

  • National maize supplies forecast to be generally adequate in 2018/19 marketing year (April/March) on account of larger opening stocks and above-average output

  • Prices of maize remained mostly stable in 2018 and lower on yearly basis

28 Jun 2018 description

Households in southern and central Malawi will face food and livelihoods deficits

KEY MESSAGES

27 Jun 2018 description

27 June 2018, Rome - Fall Armyworm keeps spreading to larger areas within countries in sub-Saharan Africa and becomes more destructive as it feeds on more crops and different parts of crops, increasingly growing an appetite for sorghum, in addition to maize. The pest could spread to Northern Africa, Southern Europe and the Near East, warned the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today. The agency called for a massive scaling up of the Fall Armyworm campaign to involve more than 500 000 farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

25 Jun 2018 description

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization and Pennsylvania State University joined forces to develop and launch an innovative, talking app - Nuru - to help African farmers recognize Fall Armyworm, a new and fast-spreading crop pest in sub-Saharan Africa, so that they can take immediate steps to destroy it and curb its spread.

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