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15 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Normal-to-above normal rainfall amounts were received in both livelihood zones.
  • The Vegetation Condition Index was above normal at 57.91.
  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

15 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The onset of short rains was normal in the second week of October.
  • Fair spatial and uneven temporal distribution was observed across the livelihood zones.
  • Water situation was Near Normal based on the recharged of open water sources of about 70 percent.
  • The county had moderate vegetation deficit across all livelihood zones.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

15 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Biophysical Indicators
- Above normal rains were received during the first dekad leading to flooding of several farms and displacement of several households. Amounts reduced to below normal during the second and third dekads.
- Vegetation conditions improved notably as the vegetation condition index increased to 47.68 compared to 41.42 last month.
- Pasture and browse improvements noted across the grazing areas in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone.

15 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Kenya

Summary

A number of ASAL counties continued experiencing some level of stress in October following the prolonged drought situation characterized by successive poor seasons. However, the onset of the October-November-December (OND) 2017 short rains impacted positively on livestock and crop production in some ASAL areas and consequently the food security situation is expected to improve as the season progresses.

14 Dec 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2018

14 Dec 2017 description

86% of the total population in the country is minimally food insecure (IPC Phase 1). The households in this phase have access to a variety of adequate and nutritious food both from household stocks carried forward from first season 2017 and the on-going harvests from the second season, which are good in most areas of the country because of favourable rains received. Food in markets is easily accessed and affordable because prices have declined and the households have adequate purchasing power.

13 Dec 2017 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino | Dec 13, 2017

Back in 2000, Francisco Morales, then virologist and now emeritus at CIAT, led a survey of plant viruses present in Colombia. He and his team discovered geminiviruses, or Geminiviridae, that were infecting wild plants or weeds.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Tom Price

On a continent where growing enough food to eat is a constant battle for millions of families, there is a new threat: the fall armyworm. In a little less than 2 years, this pest has eaten its way from West Africa to South Africa, and is now damaging crops in virtually every country in sub-Saharan Africa.

“This pest is expected to be a major shock to an already fragile economic situation for many millions of households,” says Shaun Ferris, Catholic Relief Services’ director of agriculture and livelihoods.

11 Dec 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

10 Dec 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production prospects point to aboveaverage cereal output in 2018

  • Production of maize reached record high of 3.7 million tonnes in 2017

  • Exports of maize expected to increase in 2017/18, on account of ample domestic supplies

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions improved in 2017/18, on back of larger agricultural output

Early production outlook favourable for 2018 crops

10 Dec 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Average cereal production expected in 2017

  • Prices of coarse grains declining

  • GDP growth expected to remain negative in 2017

  • Continued assistance required to improve access to food and protect livelihoods of food insecure and vulnerable people, including refugees and returnees

Average harvest expected in 2017

07 Dec 2017 description

Strong cereal harvests are keeping global food supplies buoyant, but localised drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food insecurity, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report. Some 37 countries, 29 of which are in Africa, require external assistance for food, according to the report.

06 Dec 2017 description

Efforts in South Sudan to fight Fall armyworm, an insect that destroys crops, have received a boost thanks to the Government of Japan’s decision to provide $3 million to support a project run by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) together with South Sudan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The project seeks to train farmers to combat the spread of Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), strengthen food security and build the resilience of local communities in affected areas.

04 Dec 2017 description

General Situation during November 2017
Forecast until mid-January 2018

01 Dec 2017 description

Highlights

  • Onset of seasonal rains is delayed in parts of South Africa and Lesotho
  • Rainfall season has started on time in northern parts of the region, and most other areas are expected to experience onset of rains in November
  • Integrated pest management strategies have been recommended for countering fall armyworm outbreaks

Regional Summary

01 Dec 2017 description

Large-scale Emergencies continue in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Ethiopia

Key Messages

  • Conflict and drought are driving very high assistance needs in East Africa and Yemen, with more than 35 million people likely to require humanitarian assistance by May 2018. Sustained, large-scale humanitarian assistance is needed to protect livelihoods and mitigate the potential for loss of life.

01 Dec 2017 description

Stressed outcomes persist due to constrained purchasing power

Key Messages

  • Poor rural households are relying heavily on taro roots, bananas, and vegetables that are harvested almost year-round to sustain their minimum food needs, amidst below-average labor incomes and constrained purchasing power. Most poor households are likely to remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) until May 2018, but localized poor households that experienced a below-average Season B harvest and potentially Season A are likely to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes.

01 Dec 2017 description

Second season harvest supporting Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in most areas

Key Messages