- Since April 2012, Madagascar has been facing a plague of the Malagasy Migratory Locust, that threatens the livelihoods of 13 million people in the country, nine million of whom earn a living from agriculture.
• Two-thirds of the country could be infested by September 2013. Findings from a damage assessment conducted in May 2013 indicate ...read more
Late start of the growing season due to the late onset of rains
Increasing number of refugees in Nigeria, of IDPs in Guinea and return of IDPs in Mali
Worrisome food situation in Guinea Bissau due to the failure of the cashew nut agricultural campaign
Unusually high millet prices in Niger
- This FAO Kenya Newsletter examines how an initiative on agribusiness support for smallholders is improving the livelihoods of banana farmers. As the countdown to World Food Day fast approaches, key events are lined up including a new award competition aimed at recognizing outstanding contributions by the media in Kenya.
Gender and Food Security: A ...read more
A wet season overall in West Africa, especially in the Western Sahel, is expected in 2013
Locust situation : renewed threat in the Sahel
Poor cashew marketing campaign threatens food security of rural population in Guinea Bissau
Recent figures: 6.8 million people in need, including 4.25 million internally displaced; 1.7 million refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey; over 90 000 lives lost to violence in Syria.
Largest ever humanitarian appeal: USD 4.4 billion (revised June 2013; duration Jan–Dec 2013): Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP): USD ...read more
- Following a request to FAO from the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (MAAR) on 27 March 2013, a joint FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Mission (CFSAM) visited the Syrian Arab Republic between 18 May and 8 June 2013. In Damascus, the Mission had meetings with the Ministry of Foreign ...read more
Despite good agricultural production in 2012 and stable conditions for pastoralists, the situation in the Sahel remains of great concern, mostly due to the impact of the 2012 crisis as well as previous recent crises. Approximately 10.3 million people are food insecure in 2013 and over 1.4 million children are ...read more