Learn more here. The money breaks down as follows: $15 million to Afghanistan, Burkina Faso $6 million, Congo $7 million, northeastern Nigeria $15 million, South Sudan $7 million and Yemen $30 million. Livestock prices have remained strong since December, attributed to good livestock body conditions and lower livestock supply during a period of restocking. The United Nations humanitarian office said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 it is releasing $100 million in emergency funding to seven countries at risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East amid conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, while the humanitarian chief says returning to a world where famines are common would be “obscene.” (AP Photo, File) Infographic on famine and health jpg, 91… The list of following conferences are including the following topics like business related conferences, engineering conferences, education, social. The negative impacts of desert locust are expected to be mitigated by current and planned control efforts, headwinds and cooler temperatures that discourage locusts from entering high production areas, and the likelihood that rainfall will regenerate pasture. Health is a key component in the response to famine. ; In Africa, the discovered number of hungry masses is above 255 million. Based on historical trends and given that milk availability will remain high, ‘Acceptable’ levels will likely be sustained throughout the scenario period. The United Nations humanitarian office said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 it is releasing $100 million in emergency funding to seven countries at risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East amid conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, while the humanitarian chief says returning to a world where famines are common would be "obscene." However, field assessment information collected by the KFSSG in February shows that poor households’ livestock holdings in terms of tropical livestock units (TLUs)[1] remain below the 10-year average due to losses during recent droughts and floods as well as distressed sales. The strong rainy season that took place between March and May 2020 resulted in massive flooding and landslides that affected 233,000 people and left 116,000 displaced. Northeastern Pastoral Livelihood Zone in Mandera County, Boosting of security in the Kenya-Somalia border zones by the national security agencies. In late February, NDVI data showed vegetation greenness was upwards of 140 percent of normal across most of the country and 105-120 percent of normal in western and northeastern Kenya (Figure 3). During the March to May long rains season, household income from livestock production and household milk consumption is expected to range from normal to above-normal levels, based on above-normal rangeland resources, anticipated livestock births, high milk production, and above-average terms of trade. Similarly, surface water availability ranges from normal to above normal, though some water sources were destroyed by floods. A second wave of breeding is expected in June. Veterinary department interventions have also proven instrumental to limiting livestock disease outbreaks and maintaining livestock health. Although Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes are expected in most livelihood zones at the area level, inaccessible, insecure areas in Northern Pastoral livelihood zone are most likely to deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) during the lean season. This trend is likely to broadly continue through the June to September dry season, given the positive effect of two consecutive above-average rainfall seasons on household income from livestock production. My Favorite Picture of 2020. Total cowpea production was 68 percent above average and green grams production ranged from 15 to 33 percent above average on the county level, primarily attributed to an increase in area planted and county government subsidy programs for seeds, fertilizers, and chemicals. To date, only 35,000 hectares of infested areas have been sprayed, which represents a small proportion of affected areas. However, FEWS NET’s mapping units differ from the KFSSG, leading to a difference in mapped outcomes. Northwestern Pastoral, Northern Pastoral, Northeastern Pastoral, Southeastern Pastoral, Mandera Riverine, and Tana Riverine livelihood zones were the worst-affected areas, where damage to roads and bridges suspended market functioning and many households endured livestock losses or crop losses. In marginal agricultural areas, net short rains production is approximately 26 percent above the long-term average. The wholesale price of a kg of beans is expected to be approximately 55-60 percent above average throughout the scenario period, peaking at about 120 KES. Marginal agricultural area outcomes: With the exception of Tana Riverine livelihood zone, most marginal agricultural households are currently able to meet their minimum food needs. Prices are most likely to peak at around KES 50 between April and August. Well-coordinated surveillance and control of locusts involving proper budgeting and use of the allocated funds set aside for the control of the locusts will result in minimal effects on crops and forage resources. These households have had their assets progressively eroded by drought and floods and have few to no livestock holdings, while they and other households also remain particularly vulnerable to other shocks such as high staple food prices and insecurity. Swarms of these migratory pests are destroying crops and vegetation in East Africa, resulting in loss of food and income for local families. The 62,000-square-mile triangle of the Indian Ocean has made the two neighbors … In addition, relatively colder temperatures and a shift in seasonal wind patterns are most likely to mitigate the spread of desert locust to western high potential areas, while forecast above-average rainfall is expected to help offset pasture losses during the long rains season. Challenge Farm is 10 acre farm, home, church and school. Despite widespread flooding, no livestock disease outbreaks have been reported since October except in Marsabit, where FMD, CCPP, and PPR cases have resulted in a mortality rate of around six percent of small stock. In early 2020, the availability of the short rains harvest and labor income earned in the 2020 long rains season are expected to lead to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes in some areas. CHIRPS cumulative rainfall anomaly as a percent of the 1981-2018 mean, October – December 2019, Counties and wards where desert locusts are present, February 2020, NDVI as a percent of the 2003-2017 median, February 20-29, 2020, Observed goat-to-maize terms of trade in kg/goat across select key reference markets, February 2020 compared to the five-year average. Vanguard, Dec, 2, 2020. Significantly below-average March to May long rains would result in the erosion of the gains brought about by the 2019 October to December short rains and lead to a worst-case scenario from desert locust damage. Based on data collected during the 2019 short rains assessment, the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) estimates that 1.3 million Kenyans are facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse outcomes, a decline of nearly 50 percent compared to the preceding long rains season. Due to anticipated above-average labor demand, income earned from land preparation activities for the long rains cropping season is most likely to normalize food access beginning in March, despite high food prices. However, livestock price increases have outpaced maize price increases and the goat-to-maize terms of trade ranged from 15 to 55 percent above average. According to FAO’s Desert Locust Watch and confirmed by the KFSSG’s short rains assessmen, there is ongoing hatching of locust nymphs and formation of immature swarms in northern and central counties. Below-average forage and water availability would be expected from June onward, while farming households would suffer crop losses, due to the interaction of poor rainfall with desert locusts even in the presence of aerial and ground control operations. Somalia has declared a national emergency in response to the crisis. However, below-average area planted and crop losses from flooding, leaching, and water logging, as well as minimal losses from Fall Army Worm and desert locust infestations, resulted in below-average maize production in Kilifi, Kwale, Embu (Mbeere), and Tharaka Nithi (Tharaka), where production ranged from 10 to 18 percent below average on the county level. Poor households’ own-produced food stocks from the short rains harvest are expected to last through April in Kwale, Lamu, Kilifi, Makueni and Tharaka Nithi (Tharaka) counties and through July in areas that had better production. The United Nations humanitarian office said Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 it is releasing $100 million in emergency funding to seven countries at risk of famine in Africa and the Middle East amid conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, while the humanitarian chief says returning to a world where famines are common would be "obscene." Improved control will likely prevent a resurgence of the pests from mid-March and minimize crop or rangeland resource losses, thereby enabling more households to improve to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or Minimal (IPC Phase 1). For more information on the outlook for specific areas of concern, please click the download button at the top of the page for the full report. In Samburu, recurring communal and resource-based conflicts also periodically limit access to forage and water for livestock and impede market operations in Baragoi. The number of hungry people in Asia is roughly 515 million. As a result, Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes exist in Makueni, Kitui, Nyeri (Kieni), Meru (Meru North), Embu (Mbeere), Taita Taveta, and Tharaka Nithi (Tharaka). Although the terms of trade are favorable in pastoral areas, insecurity can periodically disrupt trading activities or impede market access with temporary impacts on household access to food and income sources. In addition, the floods killed an estimated 30,000 heads of livestock. The organization estimates that, across the 46 countries it monitors, 113 million people will need humanitarian food aid in 2020. Months of rain have just ended but weather experts say it was not enough to prevent worsening food and water shortages. Beans, which are less moisture tolerant, performed poorly. A second wave of desert locusts in Africa and Asia is threatening famine for millions as critical resources are directed towards the COVID-19 crisis, scientists warn. New York, NY, December 3, 2020 — The International Rescue Committee is extremely concerned by the findings of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) that classified parts of Yemen as experiencing ‘famine like conditions’, with over 47,000 people projected to fall into this category in the next 6 months. However, given localized crop production shortfalls due to desert locust, likely reductions to income from harvesting labor that a large proportion of poor households depend on, and high staple food prices, additional households in areas like Meru (Meru North), Nyeri (Kieni), Embu (Mbeere), Kitui, Makueni, and Taita Taveta will deteriorate to Stressed (IPC Phase 2). High livestock prices have outpaced high maize prices, pushing the goat-to-maize terms of trade to approximately 15-55 percent above the five-year average (Figure 4). However, crop losses from desert locust may lead to declines in agricultural labor demand during the weeding stages and during the July/August bimodal harvest in localized areas. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) would be likely in vulnerable pastoral areas, while more households would experience Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes across the country. Areas of greatest concern include Tana Riverine areas, where households are still recovering from the floods, and parts of Northeastern Pastoral livelihood zone, where insecurity will limit control efforts. Although imports from Tanzania, Uganda, and Ethiopia are expected to fill the gap, above-average demand and high marketing costs are expected to contribute to above-average maize prices. Throughout the scenario period, acute malnutrition levels are expected to remain stable or marginally improve across all pastoral areas, given improvements in milk and food intake. Posted: Dec 11, 2020 / 02:29 AM CST / Updated: Dec 11, 2020 / 02:29 AM CST JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — One county in South Sudan is likely in famine and tens of thousands of people in five other counties are on the brink of starvation, according to … “Without immediate action, famine could be a reality in the coming months in parts of Burkina Faso, northeast Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen. In 1992 two missionaries Rick and Cheri Thompson were working in Kenya. After the 2018/19 drought, exceptionally above-average rainfall during Kenya’s 2019 short rains season disrupted livelihoods activities and slowed the pace of recovery in many areas, but food security conditions are now gradually improving. The long rains will be the second above-average rainfall season and, based on current above-normal soil saturation levels, there is an increased likelihood of standing water that creates habitats for RVF mosquito vectors. However, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are present in Tana Riverine livelihood zone, due to substantial crop losses from the floods and delayed harvests that have left many households with food consumption gaps. Crops were broadly in the maturation stages or had already been harvested, while the rains and positive soil moisture anomalies facilitated rangeland regeneration and offset pasture losses. Another $20 million has been set aside for “anticipatory action to fight hunger in Ethiopia,” where deadly fighting erupted this month in its rebellious northern Tigray region. The pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity across the globe, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), a partner of UC Santa Barbara’s Climate Hazards Center. Crop losses in late 2019 were primarily affected by heavy rainfall, including post-harvest losses equivalent to more than 10 percent of unimodal production in high and medium potential areas. Although FEWS NET cross-border monitoring data indicate that maize imports into Kenya during the fourth quarter of 2019 accounted for 12 percent of total regional imports, imports have not filled the national cereal gap. The easing of rainfall during the January to February dry season permitted the completion of both the delayed, unimodal long rains harvest in high and medium agricultural areas in western Kenya and the bimodal short rains harvest in marginal agricultural areas in central and southeastern Kenya. However, given the likelihood that RVF outbreaks will result in quarantines during the rainy season and suspend livestock sales, poor households in affected areas will be likely to periodically engage in stressed or crisis coping strategies to meet their minimum food needs. In pastoral areas, atypical pasture deterioration in localized areas, particularly in the east, is likely during the June to September dry season. In February, the cost of water is near normal or up to 50 percent below normal, ranging from KES 2 to 5 for a 20-liter jerrican across most pastoral areas and KES 10 in Turkana. Crop and livestock production: Food availability has broadly improved in early 2020, though crop losses in unimodal, high and medium potential agricultural areas due to the atypically heavy rains has resulted in tighter-than-normal supply. FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Adel Bol, 20, cradles her 10-month-old daughter Akir Mayen at a food distribution site in Malualkuel, in the Northern Bahr el Ghazal region of South Sudan. NDMA’s interannual Hunger Safety Net Programme (HSNP), funded by DFID, continues to reach about 100,000 households (600,000 beneficiaries) bi-monthly in Mandera, Turkana, Marsabit, and Wajir counties, providing an amount equivalent to 40 percent of total household food needs. Alarm bells have been ringing for months that COVID-19 could push fragile African countries “closer to the abyss” of famine as jobs are lost, local markets close, and poverty deepens.. Aid agencies routinely list the coronavirus as a major factor in driving humanitarian needs, from the Sahel to Somalia, and don’t shy away from describing its impact as the “perfect storm”. Based on the above-average long rains forecast, planned desert locust control operations, and high likelihood that better-off households will seek to maximize crop production prospects during a favorable rainfall season, area planted for the unimodal and bimodal long rains seasons is expected to be above average. However, NDMA sentinel site data and field assessment data collected by the KFSSG in February suggest that there are some poor households who are still experiencing food gaps or engaged in crisis livelihoods coping strategies in most pastoral livelihood zones. Although localized staple and cash crop losses from desert locust are expected, high agricultural labor demand for replanting and locust control is expected to provide income that partially offsets poor households’ own-produced crop losses. The heavy rains, coupled with tropical cyclones in the Indian Ocean, created conducive conditions for the spread of desert locust in Kenya, but the negative impacts on crop and livestock production have not been large scale to date. Further, current and planned control measures are most likely to control the intensity of breeding and mitigate the severity of damage to rangelands. 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