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Food Security Early Warning System Agromet Update 2016/2017 Agricultural Season, Issue 05 Month: March-April


  • Good rains continued to the end of season in most central and southern parts of the region, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
  • The high rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
  • Pasture conditions and water availability for livestock have improved significantly in most areas due to the good seasonal rainfall.
  • Parts of the region received below average seasonal rainfall totals, including parts of Angola, Madagascar and Tanzania, affecting crop conditions in different areas.
  • Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise that robust and coordinated control measures are needed for coming seasons.
Southern African Development Community
Original Publication Date: 
28 Apr 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
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