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Reference Date: 02-September-2014


  1. Good “kiremti” rainfall season favours the 2014 main cropping season. Deteriorating grazing resources observed in coastal areas

Favourable rainfall during the 2014 main “kiremti” cropping season

Harvesting of 2014 main season crops is expected to start at the beginning of November and production prospects in main agricultural areas of Debub, Maekel, Gash Barka and Anseba zobas are currently favourable. The 2014 “kiremti” rainy season, which normally extends from late June to September, had a timely onset and, so far, has been characterized by abundant and well distributed precipitation amounts. Satellite based monitoring also indicate above-average vegetation conditions in main cropping areas. However, the final outcome of the cropping season depends on the continuation of the favourable rainfall conditions for the next several weeks.

By contrast, in Red Sea coastal areas, precipitation has been below average during June and July and the latest remote sensing-analysis indicates significant negative anomalies and the deterioration of grazing resources.

Relevant links:
 As of Oct 2014, 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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