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18 Feb 2018 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

16 Feb 2018 description

La sécurité alimentaire dans les communautés s’améliore avec la baisse des prix sur le marché et la constitution des stocks

Points saillants:

  • Durant le mois de Janvier, les conditions de disponibilité et d'accessibilité, à travers le pays, se sont améliorées.

  • Les récoltes encours de la saison 2018A s’accompagnent d’une baisse des prix des denrées alimentaires, en particulier le haricot, le maïs et la pomme de terre.

16 Feb 2018 description

FAO launches guide to tackle Fall Armyworm in Africa head-on

16 February 2018, Rome - Faced with the infestation of millions of hectares of maize, most in the hands of smallholder farmers, and the relentless spread of Fall Armyworm (FAW) across most of Africa, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today a comprehensive guide on the integrated pest management of the FAW on maize.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county got some off-season rains in January.

  • Forage condition was moderate but on a declining trend. Kajiado South having severe vegetation deficit.

Production and Access Indicators

  • Cattle were thin and their fore ribs visible across the county. Households had no food stocks in all livelihoods.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The month of January was characterized by an alternating occurrence of cloud cover. Isiolo Central received a rainfall of about 4.5mm.

  • The 3-Month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) deteriorated into extreme vegetation deficit

  • The condition of pasture and browse was poor in a greater proportion of the county as most grazing areas are depleted and bare.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: Below normal rainfall was received in the region in the month of January.

  • Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition is normal for both Mbeere North and Mbeere South. The pasture and browse condition was good to fair in both livelihood zones, with some pockets in marginal mixed farming zone recording poor pasture condition.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • January remained generally dry across all livelihood zones with no off-season showers that are normally expected.

  • The lack of rainfall led to deterioration in vegetation conditions with the 3-month Vegetation Condition Index registering noteworthy declines. Declines were also noted in pastures especially in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Dry weather conditions prevailed over most parts of Kieni, apart from localised pockets in high attitude areas that received off season showers.

  • Vegetation condition was below normal across all the livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production Indicators

  • Crops at the farms have wilted due to lack of rains.

14 Feb 2018 description

FAO launches global platform to spread the qualities of successful Farmer Field Schools

14 February 2018, Rome - Farmer Field Schools, a community-driven approach to agricultural training and education, are increasingly in demand around the world for their ability to help smallholder farmers cope with complex challenges.

12 Feb 2018 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops, and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night. Its modality of introduction along with its biological and ecological adaptation across Africa are still speculative.

11 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By LEONCE MUVUNYI

Rwanda is making arrangements to deliver food assistance to support more than 3,000 families in the Eastern Province who need urgent assistance to combat the worst effects of a prolonged drought.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources’ (Minagri), despite other parts of the country recording good harvests in season A this year, which is currently ending, numerous households in Eastern Province have been left stranded with little or no harvests, putting them at a risk of hunger.

09 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Annual lean season begins early across South Sudan

  • GoRSS declares end of cholera outbreak

  • Clashes continue despite cessation of hostilities agreement

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Feb 2018 description

to assist
600 000 people

FAO requires
USD 7 million

period
January – December 2018

The crisis that has been affecting Burundi since 2015 has worsened the humanitarian situation in the country with large segments of the population facing severe food insecurity.

Objectives

FAO is working with partners in the Food Security Cluster to:

• Provide timely food and financial assistance to the most vulnerable populations.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • A depreciating national currency, shortage of foreign exchange reserves and trade restrictions with neighboring countries continue to limit Burundi’s capacity to import food, keeping staple food prices above five-year average levels.

Operational Updates

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • The WFP South Sudan Interim Country Strategic Plan for 2018 to 2020 was approved by the WFP Executive Board in November 2017, to take effect on 1 January 2018.

  • The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan for South Sudan, launched on 13 December, indicates that 7 million people – well over half the population require humanitarian assistance.

  • WFP continues to deliver humanitarian assistance through the third northern corridor from Sudan to South Sudan.

26 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: 10.08 mm of rainfall was received in the region in the month of December as compared to 28.86 mm normal long term average.

  • Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition was in above normal for both Mbeere North and Mbeere South.The pasture and browse condition was good in both livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)