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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)

26 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains was generally late first to the second week of November while cessation was in first week of December.

  • Fair spatial and uneven temporal distribution was observed across the livelihood zones.

  • Water recharge situation on open water sources was near Normal but far below normal on underground aquifers.

26 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

26 Jan 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Normal-to-above normal rainfall amounts were received in both livelihood zones.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index was above-normal at 63.18.

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was normal at this time of the year.

18 Jan 2018 description
report New Vision

The traps are to help farmers get prepared before the first planting season sets in

KAMPALA - The Government’s plan of commercialising agriculture could be hampered by the increasing incident of pests and diseases.

Under the plan, the Government identified 12 key priority food items for both food security and income-generation through export.

Maize, which is both a food security crop and an economic crop, is being threatened by various pests and diseases.

18 Jan 2018 description

This alert has been prepared as a complement to the indicative humanitarian needs and requirements for Ethiopia presented in the 2018 Global Humanitarian Overview.

In advance of the finalization of the meher assessment results, it is anticipated that between 5 and 7 million people will be targeted with relief assistance, requiring around $895 million over the course of 2018.

The priorities for immediate financing highlighted in this document are geared towards achieving two purposes:

16 Jan 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Armed clashes continue in violation of cessation of hostilities agreement

  • 2018 South Sudan HRP calls for more than $1.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 6 million people

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

10 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

Millions are already in need of food aid and the situation is expected to worsen

Two consecutive years of failed rains have left 3.4 million Kenyans in need of food aid and 480,000 children requiring treatment for acute malnutrition. It’s the worst humanitarian crisis the country has faced since a major drought scorched the Horn of African region in 2011, and an emergency likely to persist well into 2018 and beyond.

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