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Africa Agriculture Trade Monitor

Agricultural trade can play a critical role in countries’ economic development and overall food security. While Africa’s share in both global and regional trade has increased in recent years, it remains below optimal levels – and below its great potential.

FEWS Net Updates: East Africa

Parts of the Eastern Horn of Africa experienced above-average precipitation between March and May, followed by more heavy rainfall in the northern areas of the region during the start of the June-September wet season. This increased rainfall has led to severe flooding in several areas of the region, and FEWS Net forecasts flooding and heavy rains to continue into December. Sudan remains the hardest hit, with parts of northern Ethiopia and western South Sudan also impacted.

Using drones for data in Tanzania

This piece originally appeared on the WeRobotics blog

 

Rainfall Deficits in the Sahel

During the 2017 rainy season (June – September), parts of the Sahel in West Africa received erratic and below-average rainfall, according to a special report from FEWS Net. Some areas of the region received rainfall more than 25 percent below average. This has led to pasture and water deficits that are expected to last at least until July 2018.

Fall Armyworm Threat Continues

As fall armyworm continues to spread across Africa, policymakers and development partners have increased their efforts to stop the pest’s reach and to mitigate its impact on the region’s agricultural production and food security.

Driving Ag Mechanization

This piece originally appeared on the IFPRI.org blog.

By Xinshen Diao, Jed Silver, and Hiroyuki Takeshima

G20 Africa Partnership Launched

Africa played an important part of the conversation at the 2017 G20 Summit with the launch of the G20 Africa Partnership for sustainable development. Following on the G20 Africa Partnership Conference held in Berlin in June 2017, this new initiative highlights the need for private investment, sustainable infrastructure growth, and education in the region.

Drought in Southern Africa Threatening Food Security

FEWS Net has released a special report with a series of maps illustrating the extent and severity of the ongoing drought in southern Africa. The drought, driven by the 2015-16 El Niño cycle, has limited crop production throughout the region, worsening food insecurity during the lean season and making it likely that food insecurity will continue throughout the remainder of the year.

El Niño-Driven Drought Continues to Threaten Livelihoods, Food Security throughout Southern Africa

South Africa is in the throes of the worst drought in 30 years, according to a recent BBC article. Driven by the on-going El Niño cycle, below average rainfall and above average temperatures have limited crop development and water availability throughout the region.

Food and Nutrition Security Programs: Too Focused on Agriculture?

Food and nutrition security (FNS) is a multi-dimensional concept, spanning the agriculture, trade, health, and social sectors. Often, however, policies only address FNS through one lens: that of food production. This could be due to the fact that many FNS stakeholders have a background in agriculture and thus tend to focus on sectoral agricultural issues, says a new report from the FoodSecure project.

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