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31 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • The ongoing socio-political crisis, displacements, disruption of livelihood activities, deterioration of the economy, high food prices, and climatic shocks remain the key drivers of food insecurity in Burundi.

Operational Updates

31 Oct 2017 description
  • La situation de la sécurité alimentaire des ménages commence à se détériorer dans la plupart des provinces du pays.

  • Les prix des denrées alimentaires augmentent en fonction des tendances saisonnières.

  • Début de la saison 2018 A, mais les fortes pluies, les vents violents, la grêle ainsi que les chenilles légionnaires ont causé des dégâts relativement importants sur les cultures dans les champs, dans certaines provinces du pays.

Contexte:

31 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Enhanced rainfall with a temporal distribution of 17-19 days for highlands and 10-12 days for the lowlands was received over the month under analysis. Cumulative rainfall received during the 6-month period (May-Oct 2017) represents 108% of the total rainfall received normally for the period.

31 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Above-normal rainfall was received in both livelihood zones.
  • The Vegetation Condition Index was above normal at 55.36
  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

31 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rain was normal in the second week of October.
  • Fair spatial and uneven temporal distribution was observed across the livelihood zones.
  • The county had moderate vegetation deficit.
  • The state of water in the main water points was inadequate with an improving trend.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

30 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Government and partners developed an ‘HRD Status Update’, highlighting all outstanding Humanitarian Requirements Document Mid-Year Review requirements against revised sector requirements to address new needs since August.

  • Cluster continues providing ES/NFI and cash-based assistance to displaced households, but needs surpass the ongoing response.

  • Some 110,000 displaced school children in 305 schools in Oromia and Somali regions are in dire need of assistance.

29 Oct 2017 description

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

25 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

Crops that feed 200 million people at risk from destructive march of fall armyworm, as agriculture experts call for urgent action

The crops that 200 million people rely on in Africa are under threat from a caterpillar that is spreading throughout the continent, agriculture experts have warned.

Read more on the Guardian.

21 Oct 2017 description

Deyr rains perform poorly in early October in southern and central Somalia

KEY MESSAGES

  • The Deyr (October to December) season is delayed over southern and central Somalia, with rainfall totals less than 80 percent of average across many areas. In southeastern Ethiopia, rainfall has been average to slightly above average, but concentrated within 1-2 days of rainfall.

20 Oct 2017 description

Since the revision of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) in August 2017, the humanitarian context in Ethiopia has continued to evolve which has led the Government and humanitarian partners to further adjust the HRD requirements. In the food sector the needs have been revised slightly upwards to accommodate an increase in the number of beneficiaries through the inclusion of 4 million former Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) clients in the HRD.

19 Oct 2017 description

Key Messages

  • 1.7 million people are facing emergency food insecurity in the country out of which 45,000 people are facing catastrophe or famine in Unity and Jonglei States.

  • The number of food insecure is expected to rise to 6.0 million during the peak of the lean season.

  • Fall armyworm crop destruction in Greater Central Equatoria and Greater Bahr El Gazal is likely to impact negatively on harvest prospects for the 2017/2018 agricultural season

19 Oct 2017 description

The world’s anti-hunger organizations have an opportunity to prevent widespread destruction of African crops by stopping the spread of an insect, warn three of the most respected thinkers on international agriculture.

However, the international community must act swiftly, in cooperation, and on a large scale to do so. The fall armyworm reportedly has a foothold in 28 nations in Africa, and it feeds on crops that include maize, which more than 200 million Africans depend on for food security.

17 Oct 2017 description

Early Warnings by Region!

South western: During August at the start of the second season rainfall and planting season, below normal rainfall was received, but the rainfall trend picked up to above normal in September. Therefore, favourable conditions in districts of Kanungu, Kisoro, Kabale, Rukungiri and Ntungamo; and watch conditions in the districts along in the cattle corridor extending to the Western region.

17 Oct 2017 description

The food security and nutrition situation in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since March 2017, due to late onset and below-average March-May long rains, high staple food prices and the Fall Army Worm infestation.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Miriam Gathigah

NAIROBI, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) - A growing number of African countries are increasingly becoming food insecure as delayed and insufficient rainfall, as well as crop damaging pests such as the ongoing outbreak of the fall armyworm, cause the most severe maize crisis in the last decade.

Experts have warned that as weather patterns become even more erratic and important crops such as maize are unable to resist the fall armyworm infestation, there will not be enough food on the table.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Summary

Off-season rainfall in July and August, particularly in parts of the northern Rift Valley and coast, has reduced distances to water and improved livestock body condition, with positive consequences for milk production, livestock prices, and food consumption. Elsewhere, however, drought stress is deepening as the dry season reaches its height. The prices of basic foodstuffs, though generally falling, are still unusually high. As expected, the long rains harvest was poor, and therefore unlikely to have any significant impact on households’ access to food.

10 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Led by the Federal Government, humanitarian partners are working together to provide assistance to people displaced as a result of floods and inter communal clashes. Priority needs are emergency shelter, food, and safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

06 Oct 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

02 Oct 2017 description

Increased, sustained assistance needed to mitigate large food consumption gaps in Somali Region

Key Messages