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25 Feb 2017 description

Facts & Figures In 2017:

5.6 million people in need of food assistance

3.9 million people in need of water trucking

3 million acutely malnourished children & women including 300 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition

1.9 million households need support to keep livestock alive

Almost 10% of the population chronically vulnerable to food insecurity

(source: UNOCHA)

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.

27 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops

  • Below-average pasture conditions in southern and southeastern pastoral areas

  • Given the starting of the main harvest, cereal prices stabilized or declined though at high levels

  • General food security conditions improving with newly-harvested “meher” crops available for consumption

29 Oct 2016 description

Start of seasonal rainfall delayed over parts of Eastern Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late September has increased moisture deficits and worsened ground conditions across eastern Kenya, southern Somalia, and southeastern Ethiopia.

  2. Below-average rainfall since late September has strengthened moisture deficits and led to abnormal dryness in north-central Angola and southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

26 Oct 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region. It presents a four-month trend analysis from June to September 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from October to December 2016. It is the fifth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in April 2016.

15 Oct 2016 description

KEY MESSAGES

• Since mid-September, Uganda, eastern DRC, and southeastern South Sudan received above normal rainfall amounts, which helped ease prolonged dryness.

• In central and southern Ethiopia, particularly in SNNPR and central and eastern Oromia, below-average seasonal rains have persisted.

This has resulted in poor cropping conditions in these areas.

15 Sep 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Slightly below average production of 2016 secondary “belg” season crops
  • Favourable prospects for 2016 main “meher” season crops
  • Cereal prices are generally at high levels
  • Number of people in need of assistance slightly declines, but food insecurity remains high

Production of 2016 secondary “belg” crops slightly below average

20 Aug 2016 description
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Above-average rains remain favorable to cropping in northern areas, but flooding risks remain

KEY MESSAGES

  • Total rainfall since mid-July has been above average in most northern areas of East Africa, including most of Sudan, western and northern Ethiopia, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Yemen, and is contributing to mostly favorable cropping and rangeland conditions.

16 Aug 2016 description

What is La Niña?

La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. On average, half of El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, which typically affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January

Purpose of this report

15 Jul 2016 description

Poor seasonal progress reduces harvest prospects for Gu and Belg crops in Somalia, Ethiopia

Key Messages

06 Jul 2016 description
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The Situation

  • Ethiopia has been experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades. The main rainy season (kiremt rains) that is vital for producing over 80 per cent of Ethiopia’s agricultural yield – in an industry that employs 85 per cent of the country’s workforce – failed in 2015, and a powerful El Niño weather event continues to wreak havoc on children’s lives and their families’ livelihoods.

05 Jul 2016 description

Global overview

What is La Niña?

La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. The chances of La Niña following an El Niño episode are higher on average — half of the El Niño events are followed by a La Niña — and typically it affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January.

Purpose of this report

01 Jul 2016 description

Little relief to dryness expected over Guatemala and Honduras

Africa Weather Hazards

28 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • Food consumption among people assisted through relief operations is showing some encouraging trends, but the situation remains critical for 10.2 million people in need of food assistance.

  • WFP currently needs USD 426 million to support 7.6 million drought affected people in 2016, and USD 27 million to provide full rations to refugees hosted in Ethiopia for the rest of 2016.

27 Jun 2016 description

SUMMARY

The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño is deeply alarming, affecting over 60 million people globally. The El Niño phenomenon is now in a neutral phase, but food insecurity caused by drought is not likely to peak before December. East and Southern Africa are the most affected regions, and humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017.