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Special alert: Food and Nutrition Security Working Group, 8 February 2018

Highlights

  • Erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Armyworm infestation lower cereal crop production prospects for 2018 in southern Africa.
  • In the absence of consistent rains for the remainder of the season, dry conditions experienced in December to January will further diminish water supplies for domestic, agricultural and commercial use.
  • These conditions are likely to have far reaching consequences on access to adequate food and nutritionĀ and ability of farmers to produce in the 2018/19 consumption year.
  • Urgent action is required by member states and development partners to assess the impact of the erraticĀ rainfall on crop and livestock production, ascertain the available cereal stocks and implications on food security and nutrition and livelihoods.
Webspace(s): 
Organization(s): 
Southern African Development Community
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
World Vision International
World Food Programme
United Nations Children's Fund
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Famine Early Warning Systems Network
CARE International
Original Publication Date: 
08 Feb 2018
Document type: 
Reports
Theme(s): 
Food/Nutrition Crisis
Coordination hub(s): 
Eastern Africa Office
Southern Africa Office