GIEWS Country Brief: Djibouti 01-July-2014


  • Pasture and water availability affected in Obock, central and southeastern pastoral areas due to poor rains

  • Prices of cereals are generally stable

  • Food security conditions decline in most pastoral areas due to poor pasture conditions and declining humanitarian assistance

Early depletion of grazing resources due to unfavourable rainy season

In Obock and central pastoral areas, the “diraac/sougum” rains (March-May) have been generally erratic, with significant dryness especially during April and early May, which led to an early depletion of grazing resources. In southeastern coastal areas, the main “heys/dada” rains (October-February) were near average but ceased early in January, with a negative impact on livestock productivity and crop production. According to satellite based vegetation condition analysis (see map) most affected areas are in northeastern Obock district, central Dikhil district and around Djibouti town, while better pasture conditions are reported (as of mid-June) in southern areas along the border with Ethiopia, up to the Abhe Bad Lake, as well as in central Tadjoura district. General improvements of pasture and water availability are expected in coming months as the “karan/karma” rains (July-September) are forecast at average levels.