Crop condition improved following good rains in mid and late August. Following a significant reduction of the rains in mid-July, precipitation improved in late July but again decreased in early August. However, the second and third dekads received good rainfall over the main producing areas, with widespread and generally regular rains, notably in the extreme south and the west during the second dekad. Therefore, crop conditions improved. Millet and sorghum are reaching heading stage in most departments. However, dry spells and irregular or very limited rains earlier in the season have stressed crops in several areas and affected yield potential and may have already caused crop failures. Overall, crop prospects are generally favourable in Dosso, Tahoua departments and around Niamey. They remain uncertain in Diffa, Maradi, Tillabery and Zinder departments.