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30 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- The pest, which infested an estimated 17,521ha of maize out of over 60,000ha last year during season B was successfully controlled, but experts urge farmers to remain vigilant.
- Minister of Agriculture, Geraldine Mukeshimana said the fall armyworm still poses a threat to farms in parts of the country.
- FAO emphasises the need for farmer education and community action in curbing the spread of the pest.

By Johnson Kanamugire

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.

30 Mar 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 6.3 million people facing severe food insecurity from February-April 2018 (IPC February 2018)

  • 1.7 million people assisted by WFP in February 2018

  • 1.8 million internally displaced people (OCHA) 2.5 million South Sudanese refugees (UNHCR)

  • 202,776 seeking shelter with the UN (UNMISS)

Highlights

  • Food insecurity, malnutrition, flooding and Fall Armyworm was noted as the major hazards in the Quarterly multi-hazard early warning bulletin.

29 Mar 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Overall food security situation continues to deteriorate, with 6.33 million individuals estimated to be food insecure in absence of humanitarian assistance

  • Early onset of seasonal rains encouraged early planting in southern bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Improved security situation in parts of Greater Equatoria region may result in an increase in planted area

28 Mar 2018 description

Mission Highlights

  • The net cereal production in 2017 (after deduction of post-harvest losses and seed use) in the traditional sector, is estimated at 764 107 tonnes, 7.5 percent down from 2016, 14 percent below the average of the previous five years and the smallest recorded output since the start of the conflict.

  • With a projected population of about 11.4 million in mid-2018, the overall cereal deficit in the JanuaryDecember 2018 marketing year is estimated at about 482 000 tonnes, 26 percent above the deficit estimated for 2017.

28 Mar 2018 description

Key Messages
- In the period May to July 2018, an estimated 7.1 million (63% of the population would face crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity conditions, of which 155,000 are estimated to be in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) in the protracted absence of humanitarian assistance.

18 Mar 2018 description

Despite expected mixed performance, March-May rains expected to mitigate worse outcomes

Key Messages

16 Mar 2018 description

POINTS SAILLANTS

• Plus de 700 000 burundais ont été soutenus par le secteur de la sécurité alimentaire en 2017

• Plus de 8 200 congolais ont trouvé refuge au Burundi en janvier 2018

CHIFFRES CLES

Pop. dans le besoin 3,6 millions - H: 0,85M F: 0,88M E: 1,87M

Population ciblée 2,4 millions - H: 0,53M F: 0,55M E: 1,28M

PDI 175,936 - H: 79k F: 97k

Réfugiés congolais 64 301 - H: n/a F: n/a

Réfugiés burundais 395 594 - H: 202k F: 194k

Pers. en insécurité alimentaire 2,6 millions - IPC 3 1,9 M IPC 4 0,7 M

16 Mar 2018 description

INTRODUCTION & KEY TAKEAWAYS

This Outlook provides an overview of the anticipated humanitarian situation in the Great Lakes region from January to June 2018. It focuses on Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and neighbouring countries—including Angola, Kenya and Zambia—that have received refugees and asylum-seekers due to the DRC crisis.

15 Mar 2018 description

The application is vital for early detection of Fall Armyworm and guiding best response

14 March 2018, Rome - FAO has launched a mobile application to enable farmers, agricultural workers and other partners at the frontline of the fight against Fall Armyworm in Africa to identify, report the level of infestation, and map the spread of this destructive insect, as well as to describe its natural enemies and the measures that are most effective in managing it.

15 Mar 2018 description
report New Vision

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 14th March 2018 05:05 PM

According to Dr Godfrey Asea, the director National Crops Resources Research Institute,only a resilient variety could withstand the ‘cocktail’ of constraints such as the armyworm.

WAKISO - Farming experts have urged maize farmers countrywide to adopt drought-tolerant maize to boost food security.

14 Mar 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

13 Mar 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The 2018 Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) identifies 7.88 million people in need of food assistance, and 8.49 million people in need of non-food assistance at a cost of $1.658 billion

• Some $62 million mobilized for IDP response and rehabilitation programme

• About 86, 000 IDPs will be relocated to 11 urban/semiurban sites across Oromia region

• 18,000 IDPs receiving vocational training

09 Mar 2018 description

Overview

Given the recurrent nature of climate-driven humanitarian crises in Ethiopia, Government and partners have agreed that a significant shift in approach is required.

05 Mar 2018 description

COUNTRIES REQUIRING EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE FOR FOOD

FAO assesses that globally 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.
Conflicts continue to be the main factor driving the high levels of severe food insecurity.
Weather shocks have also adversely impacted food availability and access, notably in East Africa.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

05 Mar 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Satisfactory outcome of 2017 second season harvest in bi-modal rainfall areas

  • Delayed harvest and reduced maize production in Karamoja Region due to erratic rainfall and Fall Armyworm attacks

  • Aggregate 2017 cereal production estimated at 3.6 million tonnes, 5 percent up from 2016 and slightly above average of previous five years

  • Below-average pasture and water availability in pastoral areas due to early cessation of seasonal rainfall and high temperatures

04 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- Intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Researchers have found intercropping maize with drought-resistant greenleaf desmodium and planting Brachiaria grass on the farm’s edge helps curb fall armyworms.

Desmodium and Brachiaria grass are high quality animal fodder plants.

02 Mar 2018 description

Despite favorable harvests, limited incomes continue to hinder food access

KEY MESSAGES

01 Mar 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