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 - Southern Africa is subject to multiple, frequent, and compounded shocks and stressors that prevent communities from fully recovering from crises, thereby deepening their vulnerability. This vulnerability was particularly exposed during the El Niño-induced drought in 2015–2016: the worst in the region for 35 years, it devastated local food systems and ...read more
05/10/2018
 - The Early Warning Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed 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: potential new emergencies resulting from imminent disaster threats new developments ...read more
02/10/2018
 - FAO’s Rapid Results Drought Response Plan addresses the most time-sensitive needs of rural families across Somalia. In 2016, Somalia’s two main rainy seasons were poor, both Gu (April-June) and Deyr (October-December). Drought has been declared across the country: from the north’s largely pastoral arid lands, down through the central and ...read more
16/01/2017
 - Key points An estimated 90 000 people were affected by El Niño (heavy rains, strong winds, floods and landslides) in late 2015 and early 2016, and now Burundi is experiencing late, irregular and insufficient rainfall. An estimated 10 000 households from Ruyigi, Kirundo, Cankuzo and Rutana are fleeing their homes due ...read more
05/01/2017
 - The assessment revealed that in Omusati at least 97 percent of the communities were reliant on crop production followed by Kunene which reported only 20 percent. Erongo region had 96 percent households reporting that they were reliant on livestock farming followed by Kunene at 72 percent. Pearl millet (mahangu) and ...read more
12/12/2016
 - Key messages New drought is imminent in southeastern regions. The very poor performance of the October to December rains sent shockwaves throughout southern and southeastern pastoral areas of SNNPR, Oromia and Somali Regions and led to widespread scarcity of pasture and water. Livestock body conditions have deteriorated and thousands of animals ...read more
30/11/2016
 - Key points An estimated 90 000 people were affected by El Niño (heavy rains, strong winds, floods and landslides) in late 2015 and early 2016, and now Burundi is experiencing late, irregular and insufficient rainfall. An estimated 10 000 households from Ruyigi, Kirundo, Cankuzo and Rutana are fleeing their homes due ...read more
15/11/2016
 - Situation overview The 2015/16 agricultural season in Southern Africa was the driest in 35 years. In a region where over 70 percent of the population is dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, and following two, and in some cases three, consecutive years of drought, El Niño has had devastating impacts on ...read more
30/10/2016
 - Key messages State of Emergency declared amid social unrest. The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency in October in response to a wave of protests that has been escalating since August. Travel and telecommunications have been restricted, affecting emergency monitoring and assessments on the ground, particularly in areas of ...read more
26/10/2016
 - Featured Stories: Strengthening climate change adaptation in agriculture FAO expands El Niño response in Mindanao Hope flows in Altavas, Aklan (Water impounding system project) Electronic tool for monitoring food and nutrition insecurity FAO and DENR work together to restore forests and other landscapes Promoting internationally-accepted voluntary guidelines on the responsible governance of tenure Philippines hosts four international ...read more
04/10/2016
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