West Africa Seasonal Monitor: September 23, 2019
Above average and well distributed rainfall prevailed most of the season
The ITF started its southward retreat in early September and is now at the northern limit of the Sahelian zone (Figure 1), which augurs the normal end of rains in the northern Sahelian zone in late September.
With well distributed rainfall (Figure 2) the slight to moderate deficits (Figure 3) affecting the western part of the Sahel will not negatively impact crop growth and development.
The delayed growing season has resulted in very slow development of natural vegetation (Figure 4), which may have a negative impact on pasture production in the western part of the Sahel.
The bi-modal zone received above average rainfall meaning minor season crops have favorable moisture conditions (Figure 2).