FAO Quarterly Early Warning Bulletin for Food and Agriculture - No. 16 July-September 2015

FAO Quarterly Early Warning Bulletin for Food and Agriculture - No. 16 July-September 2015
Jul 2015

Highlights

  • The unprecedented Ebola virus disease outbreak continues to impact the food security, economies and livelihoods in the three worst-hit western African countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In total, 27,573 confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola have been reported in the three most affected countries, with 11,246 deaths as of 8 July. Liberia is reporting three new cases of Ebola after the World Health Organization declared the country free of the disease on 9 May 2015.
  • In West Africa, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) is spreading in poultry (in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Niger and Nigeria).
  • Human cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) continue to be reported in Saudi Arabia.
  • The ongoing outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is the largest outside the Arabian Peninsula.
  • The presence of El Niño has raised concerns in the areas where the 2015 main cropping season has just started, including East Africa, most of Central America, and South Asia, where recent unfavorable weather impaired the production outlook in several countries; however the preliminary 2015 rice production forecast for Asia still stands above the reduced level of 2014.
  • In South Sudan, about 4.6 million people are severely food insecure, due to displacement, civil insecurity and high food prices in conflict-affected areas.
  • In Nepal, deteriorating prospects for the 2015 main season crops are foreseen due to the earthquake that struck the country in late April, resulting in a severe loss of seeds and agricultural tools in the most affected areas.