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05 Dec 2019 description

Flooding persists in parts of Uganda and Kenya, while South Africa remains dry

03 Dec 2019 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  1. Overall favourable prospects for 2019 main "Meher" season crops due to abundant and well‑distributed rains

  2. Unseasonal rains in October and November, and infestations of desert locusts likely to result in localized crop losses

  3. Reduced output of 2019 secondary "Belg" season harvest due to poor rains, especially in eastern Oromiya Region

  4. Flood‑induced livestock deaths and pasture losses due to locusts curbing drought recovery in most southeastern pastoral areas

02 Dec 2019 description

Flooding continues in parts of East and West Africa while Southern Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the Congo and DRC border.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

02 Dec 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Government of Ethiopia has released for the first time an Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis report in the country up to June 2020 during the Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group (DRM TWG) meeting on 19 November 2019

• The Alert projects the number of food-insecure people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse to increase to 8.5 million between February and June 2020

In this issue

29 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Natural hazards continue to expose children to major risks. In October, approximately 100,000 children and their families were displaced due to the sudden onset of flooding throughout the country. In response to the flooding in Afar region, UNICEF reached 2,515 displaced people with BP5 biscuits. In Somali region UNICEF provided water treatment chemicals and non-food items, to ensure access to safe water for displaced families.

28 Nov 2019 description
report World Vision

Key Message

• Crop condition: In Ethiopia, Meher crops that were planted in June and July, are favorable following timely and adequate moisture from Kiremt seasonal rains except in some parts of northern Afar and Somalia region. Currently, harvesting crops underway for sesame. According to the MoA, a total of 12.5 million hectares of land is covered by different crops, and good production is expected regardless of localized hazard (flood, crop disease and pests).

22 Nov 2019 description

The poor rain performance from April to May (Gu/Genna) in the South and Southeaster parts of Ethiopia had a negative impact on pasture availability. Livestock body conditions have been severely affected, causing livestock migration with its consequent risk of disease outbreak and low productivity on milk and meat. Livelihoods in the areas affected by the poor rain performance are highly dependable on pasture availability and access to water for livestock. On the other hand, crop production has been affected by poor rain performance.

21 Nov 2019 description

Heavy rain prompts river flooding in parts of Africa, while South Africa and Lesotho remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Elevated river levels in the Congo River Basin have caused flooding along the border of Congo and DRC.

  2. Several weeks of heavy rainfall have raised river levels in central and western Uganda, triggering floods.

  3. Above-average rainfall over the past couple of months has raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries, causing floods in Sudan and South Sudan.

21 Nov 2019 description

Average Meher harvest likely, though poor Belg/Gu and high prices drive Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes

KEY MESSAGES

20 Nov 2019 description

Overview

Food security analysis conducted in six regions of Ethiopia indicates that, despite ongoing assistance, an estimated 8 million people (27% of the 28.7 million people analysed) were severely food insecure in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) or worse between July and September 2019. Of these, about 6.1 million people were classified in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) and about 1.9 million people in IPC Phase 4 (Emergency).

20 Nov 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 313 Somali IDPs from Dire Dawa returned to their areas of origin in West Hararge zone, Oromia region

  • At least three other groups from the IDPs in Dire Dawa have spontaneously relocated themselves previously to Awbarre, Togwajale, and Tuliguled of Faafan zone in Somali region.

  • More than 27,000 IDPs in Metekel (Benisahngul Gumuz) and Awi (Amhara region) are living in a precarious situation.

15 Nov 2019 description

Crisis Impact Overview

▪ Since June, above average rainfall in many parts of Ethiopia has encouraged vegetation growth, providing favourable ecological conditions for desert locust breeding (1).

▪ Across 56 woredas (districts), the swarms have developed into hopper bands that are consuming between 8,700 (2) to 1,755,000 (3) metric tons of green vegetation – pastures, cropland, trees – per day.

13 Nov 2019 description

Winter/spring/summer breeding area outbreak

Desert Locust Information Service
FAO, Rome
www.fao.org/ag/locusts
Keith Cressman (Senior Locust Forecasting Officer)

13 Nov 2019 description
report Voice of America

By Sora Halake
November 13, 2019 12:10 PM

Ethiopian agriculture officials say they are taking steps to control a major locust infestation that could threaten some of the country's staple crops.

Swarms of the schistocerca gregaria - better known as the desert locust - arrived in Ethiopia in June from Yemen and Somaliland, said Zebidos Salato, Ethiopia's plant protection chief.

08 Nov 2019 description

REGION OCCIDENTALE: CALME

SITUATION. Une reproduction a petite echelle a eu lieu en Mauritanie et au Niger (29 ha), s'etendant au sud de I'Algerie (15 ha). Des groupes se sont formes au Niger. Des ailes isoles etaient presents au Maroc et en Libye.

07 Nov 2019 description

The Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria) infestation in Ethiopia has deteriorated, despite ongoing ground and aerial control operations. Together with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has called for immediate action to control the infestation.

05 Nov 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Federal Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) have called for immediate action to control a new Desert Locust infestation in the country.

• The swarms have produced hopper bands that have covered more than 174 square kilometers (in 56 woredas and 1085 kebeles) and are consuming approximately 8,700 metric tons of green vegetation every day.

04 Nov 2019 description
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WESTERN REGION: CALM SITUATION.

Small-scale breeding occurred in Mauritania and Niger (29 ha), extending to southern Algeria (15 ha). Groups formed in Niger. Isolated adults were present in Morocco and Libya.

FORECAST.

A few small groups may form in summer breeding areas of Mauritania and Niger as vegetation dries out. Small-scale breeding will cause locust numbers to increase in northwest Mauritania. Local breeding may occur in Algeria.

CENTRAL REGION: THREAT SITUATION.