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Reference Date: 15-May-2015


  1. Late onset of “azmera” rains expected to affect planting of 2015 main season crops

  2. Significant moisture deficits in most coastal areas affect grazing resources

Late “azmera” rains expected to delay planting activities

The 2015 “azmera” rainy season (normally extending from March to May) started with almost four weeks of delay in the highlands. The late onset of rains normally delay land preparation that in turn would affect the planting of long cycle crops including sorghum, maize and finger millet. The planting of the long cycle crops normally begins in June and a closer watch of the performance of the main “kremti” cropping season is warranted.

According to satellite-based monitoring, beneficial rains at the beginning of May improved pasture conditions in Anseba and Gash-Barka zobas. However, significant soil moisture deficits persist in most Red Sea coastal agro-pastoral areas and are expected to negatively affect most pastoral livelihood systems.

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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