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16 Jan 2019 description

The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). It provides a quarterly forward-looking analysis of major disaster risks to food security and agriculture, specifically highlighting:

24 Dec 2018 description

A one-month-old baby in Vanuatu in December became the first person in the world to be immunized with a vaccine delivered by a commercial drone

By Isabelle Gerretsen

LONDON, Dec 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From stopping child trafficking to mapping slums or delivering medicines, governments and companies found new ways to use technology in 2018 to help people globally.

Here are 10 new uses of technology in the past year:

17 Dec 2018 description

Following the positive reception of OCHA’s set of 250 public domain humanitarian icons in 2012, the organization is releasing an extended and completely redesigned new collection in 2018 (295 and counting).

The original suite was developed because at OCHA we understand that during the response to an emergency it is critical to share and understand complex information in a timely fashion. Icons — with their easily accessible, universal visual language — are vital to achieve this.

12 Dec 2018 description

Executive Summary

The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.

21 Nov 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Climate Prediction Centre is predicting El Niño climatic conditions during the main 2018-19 growing season with 70-75% probability while IRI has increased the probability to more than 85%. Furthermore, the forecasts suggest a likelihood of a weak to moderate El Niño event. Historically El Niño climatic conditions have resulted in reduced rainfall across the southern part of Southern Africa.

16 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security conditions improve in Kenya, decreasing the food-insecure population to approximately 700,000 people

  • March-to-May long rains result in extensive flooding, affecting an estimated 800,000 people

  • The USG provides more than $131.4 million in FY 2018 humanitarian funding

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

06 Nov 2018 description

PRES DE 13,1 MILLIONS DE PERSONNES ISSUES DES MILIEUX RURAUX VIVENT EN INSECURITE ALIMENTAIRE AIGUË CORRESPONDANT AUX PHASES DE CRISE (3) ET D’URGENCE (4) DE LA CLASSIFICATION INTERNATIONALE DE L’IPC

PRINCIPALES CONCLUSIONS

26 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received insignificant off season precipitation during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing a decrease of 6% compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation greenness above normal. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal in September.

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

26 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

** Drought Phase: Normal-Improving**

Biophysical Indicators

  • Most biophysical indicators show positive fluctuations above the expected seasonal ranges.

  • Below average rainfall was received in the month of September 2018.

  • The September Vegetation Condition Index values for Baringo County are above normal but on a declining trend compared to last month.

15 Oct 2018 description

Over 100,000 people fleeing ethnic violence have been displaced in BenishangulGumuz (mainly in Kamashi Zone) and Oromia regions (mainly East Wollega and West Wollega zones). There are indications that displacement is rising, though the size of the displaced population is not clear. Urgent humanitarian needs are reported, including food, shelter, NFI and health (The reporter Ethiopia 06/10/2018, La Vanguardia 13/10/2018, Voa News 02/10/2018, OCHA 10/2018, The reporter Ethiopia 06/10/2018).

09 Oct 2018 description

OVERVIEW

In the second half of the year, Ethiopia has faced with an unprecedented surge of inter- communal conflict in Gedeo zone (SNNP region) and West Guji zone (Oromia region), which at its height, displaced some 818,000 people.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • August was generally dry with the exception of light off-season showers in the mixed farming and rain-fed cropping livelihood zones.
  • Natural vegetation conditions were good across all livelihood zones similar to July

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall: There was no rainfall received in the month under review across the County. Cumulative rainfall from the onset of the rains to date was 133percent of the normal.

  • Vegetation condition: 3-months Vegetation Condition Index for the month under review was 90.09 hence falls in the above normal vegetation greenness band. Forage condition is good across the livelihood zones.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The County received off season precipitation during the Month.

  • The vegetation condition Index (VCI-3Month) was showing an decrease of 2percent compared to previous month.

  • The VCI indicated vegetation greenness above normal. The overall drought phase in the county was at Normal in August.

  • Forage condition was good across all livelihoods zones during the month.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • All three dekads of the month received normal rainfall.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) was above-normal at 59.77.

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was moderate which was normal for this time of the year.

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • Below normal rains were recorded during the month under review.

  • The state of water sources was normal at this time of the year.

  • The 3-month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) in August recorded above normal vegetation greenness as compared to the long term mean at this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

04 Oct 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The county received some off-season rains in the last week of August.  Pasture, browse and water situations were above the long term average for similar period of the year.

Production Indicators

  • Livestock body condition was good and stable for all species.

  • Household daily milk production was still below the long term average due to low livestock tropical unit and low calving rate.

22 Sep 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Although the pastoral northeast (Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and parts of Tana River counties) and pastoral north-west (Mainly Turkana, West Pokot and Marsabit) are generally classified as Stressed under the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), there are about 700,000 people here in the Crisis phase of food insecurity. After two to three poor seasons, these households have not fully recovered. Most of them lost productive assets during last year’s drought and face considerable food gaps.