Key messages from the FSNWG meeting held on December 13, 2012 (FSNWG, 13/12/12)
The food security situation in the region continues to improve. The current conditions are better in comparison to the same time last year and as good as has been observed in the 5 years.
October to December agro-climatic conditions have been favourable for agricultural and livestock production (FEWS NET Nov 12). A normal cessation to October to December rains is expected
Global and regional food prices continue to be stable but higher than long-term averages. (FAO-GIEWS Dec 12).
Improved security conditions in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia have made important contributions to better food security conditions (FEWS NET Nov 12).
Seasonal deterioration of food security conditions in early 2013 is expected with the onset of the long dry season. Climate predictions point towards abnormally hot and dry conditions in early 2013.