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01 Mar 2018 description

Likely average Season A harvests to help maintain favorable food access

KEY MESSAGES

  • Overall, the 2018 Season A harvest is expected to be average, despite some production deficits in the east. With existing income-earning opportunities and a favorable Season B rainfall forecast, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected to continue countrywide through September 2018. However, some poor households in Kayonza, Kirehe, and Nyagatare districts in Eastern Province may already be in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to below-average Season A production.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- Rainfall: Below normal rainfall was received in the region in the month of February.
- Vegetation Condition: The vegetation condition is below normal for both Mbeere North and Mbeere South. The pasture and browse condition is fair to poor in both livelihood zones, with some pockets in marginal mixed farming zone recording good browse condition.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- The month of February was characterized by an alternating occurrence of cloud cover. Isiolo Central received some little showers in four days.
- The 3-Month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) deteriorated further into the extreme vegetation deficit condition.
- The condition of pasture and browse was poor in almost all parts of the county as most grazing areas got more depleted and bare.
- The water levels and availability were below normal and on a deteriorating trend in all livelihoods zones.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental Indicators)
- Below normal rainfall was received during the month.
- Forage condition ranged between fair to good across the livelihood zones but with declining trend.
- The 3-month vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was moderate.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- The month was characterised by dry weather conditions. However, offseason rains were received for an average of two to four days.
- Vegetation condition was below normal across all the livelihood zones.

Production Indicators
- Farmers were undertaking land preparation and dry planting.
- Livestock body condition was fair to poor for all species.
- Milk production was within normal ranges.
- Livestock in migration was reported.

28 Feb 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- February was mainly dry across all livelihood zones with no offseason rains as would have been expected.
- There has been an accelerated decline in vegetation conditions across all livelihood zones with Vegetation Condition Index registering sustained decreases over January and February.
- Deterioration of pastures and browse conditions have also been noted especially in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

26 Feb 2018 description

Food security remains a major humanitarian concern in 2018 in multiple contexts. In this report, ACAPS highlights five of the worst affected countries, where large populations are food insecure, and where households and areas are either already in Catastrophe or Famine levels of food insecurity (IPC Phase 5), or are at risk of deteriorating into this situation.

26 Feb 2018 description

January 2018 IPC Classification

  • In January 2018, 5.3 million people (48% of the population) are estimated to be facing Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) acute food insecurity, out of which 1 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Compared with the same time last year, this reflects a 40% increase in the population facing severe food insecurity in the post-harvest season.

26 Feb 2018 description

Sustained assistance and access critical to prevent hunger reaching its highest level ever

26 February 2018, Juba - More than 7 million people in South Sudan - almost two-thirds of the population - could become severely food insecure in the coming months without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, three United Nations agencies warned today.

21 Feb 2018 description
report World Vision

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• Average harvests expected: Rains have been above average in January, ending the December dry spell, which is likely to lead to average Season 2018A harvests, already underway. Most poor households are expected to remain in Stressed (IPC Phase 2); however, in Gihanga Commune in Bubanza Province, maize production is likely to be below average due to a more severe dry spell and Fall Armyworm infestations, causing some poor households to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through the lean season in May.

20 Feb 2018 description

PREFACE PAR LE COORDONNATEUR RESIDENT

Le Plan de Réponse humanitaire 2018 pour le Burundi vise à alléger les souffrances des populations affectées. Il a été préparé par la communauté humanitaire de manière participative et exhaustive, en consultation avec le Gouvernement du Burundi et les bailleurs de fonds, sur base des informations disponibles dont la collecte a été largement améliorée cette année.

19 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours.

  • This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall armyworm manifest in the country’s staple.

  • Kenyan traders have taken advantage of the low prices in Uganda’s Tororo, Gulu, Masindi and Lira regions to ship in the produce, buying a tonne for as low as $180 per tonne.

By ALLAN OLINGO

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)