Kenya + 6 more

FAST Crop Yield Forecast: Sorghum & millet East Africa 1 Aug 2008



Kenya, Burundi and Sudan face considerably reduced yields of respectively -8%, -5% and -5% relative to the 5 yr average. In Sudan particularly the central east-west zone is affected, including Darfur. In the regions south of Lake Victoria, large yield decreases (-20%) are expected in the east of Burundi and the north of Tanzania. Low yields in the north of Tanzania are compensated by high yields in the centre of the country, and therefore at national level the outputs may be close to average (-1%). In Rwanda a moderate decrease of -3% is foreseen. Yields expectations are above average in Ethiopia (+3%) but lower than the previous year and there are considerable differences between the west and the east of the country.


In Kenya drastically reduced outputs (-20%) and a decrease of yield in large parts of the agricultural areas in the country is anticipated due to drought. The largest decreases are seen in the south of the Rift Valley province. However, local differences exist in the Rift Valley province with small areas showing normal to good conditions in some parts of the centre and at the border with Karamoyo province of Uganda. In Tanzania, water availability and crop prospects are better than normal in the central part of the country while in the northern part yield decreases are expected. In Dodoma, Rukwa, north Mbeya, south Tabora, south Singida, south Arusha and south-east Shinyanga well above average yields (15%) are seen. In the north, large parts of provinces like Arusha, Mara, Mwanza, Kigoma suffered from drought and below average productions (-10%) are foreseen.

In western regions of Ethiopia, the water availability for the crops was very good and high yields of 10% to 20% are expected in provinces like Welega and Illubabor in Amhara and Gambela regions. By contrast, other regions in the east and south of Ethiopia like Afar, Somali and Oromiy suffer from water shortages and show considerable local differences, with yield decreases of -10% in Welo, Tigray and in parts of Gonder. Northern Sudan is suffering from drought with large yield reductions of about -20% in Darfur and Kordofan. The conditions are better in southern parts of the country where normal outputs are expected but local differences are seen. In Bahr el Ghazal some areas in the centre and the south of the province show increased production, while in other parts normal or below average productions are foreseen.