Sahel Report , No. 2, 2006

ID:

210774

Language:

EN

Document type:

Book

Description:

After the first rains in southern Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger in May, precipitation remained irregular and below normal in these countries until the third dekad of June. The erratic rains have stressed crops, and re-plantings were carried-out in several areas. Precipitation improved somewhat in Burkina Faso in end-June/early July, but dry weather conditions continue to delay plantings and to affect crops in other countries, notably in Niger, where yield potential may be seriously compromised if the situation does not improve in July. By contrast, crop growing conditions have been more favourable in the western part of the Sahel, where rains started in June. In Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, Mauritania and Senegal, land preparation and plantings are in progress following the onset of the rains. Seasonably dry conditions continue to prevail only in Cape Verde. The Desert Locusts situation is calm but isolated adults were reported in Niger and are probably present in the summer breeding areas on the Sahel. Grasshoppers, army worms and grain-eating birds are also reported in a few countries. The overall food supply situation remains satisfactory in the subregion. However, serious localized food insecurity is reported in several countries, notably in Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Niger, due mostly to lack of access to food. In the latter country, 60 percent of the population is food insecure or at-risk according to the latest Vulnerability Assessment Survey done by the Government, jointly with FAO, FEWSNet and WFP. As a result, the Government has reportedly started subsidized sales of about 20 000 tonnes of cereal in vulnerable communities.

Publication year:

2006

Pages:

6

URL:

http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/j8103e/j8103e00.htm

Job number:

J8103

Department:

ES

Division:

EST

Series title:

Sahel Weather and Crop Situation

Version:

2

Country:

Cape Verde

Region:

Africa

PDF:

ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/009/j8103e/j8103e00.pdf

This document is also available in:
French

Sahel Rapport No 2 - 12 juillet 2006

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