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Reference Date: 14-September-2015


  1. Mixed prospects for main “kiremti” cropping season due to erratic rainfall in parts

  2. Severe drought conditions prevailing in coastal pastoral areas

Mixed prospects for 2015 main “kiremti” cropping season

Harvesting of the 2015 main season crops is expected to start in November and production prospects in the main crop producing areas are mixed. According to remote sensing analysis (see Map 1), the 2015 “kiremti” rainy season, which normally extends from late June to September, had been so far characterized by abundant precipitation amounts in Anseba and western Dedub regions, where cumulative rainfall was up to three times more than the long-term average. By contrast, in Maekel, eastern Dedub and parts of Gash Barka regions, rainfall distribution was erratic, with dry conditions prevailing in June and July; subsequently, above-average rainfall was received in August, but substantial moisture deficits and unfavourable crop growing conditions still remain.

Severe drought conditions in pastoral areas

According to satellite imagery, severe drought conditions prevailed in coastal pastoral areas (see Map 2) and in most districts the cumulative rainfall in June and July was 30-35 percent below average. In some areas, including Foro, Gel’alo and Massawa, almost no rains were received in the first two months of the rainy season. The average to above-average rainfall received in August was insufficient to offset the early season dryness and the severe deterioration of grazing resources.

Relevant links:
 As of Jul 2015, included in the list of "Countries Requiring External Assistance for Food"
 Cereal Supply/Demand Balance Sheet
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 2005, 2003, 2002, 1996, 1995
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 FAO Country Profiles

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