Lack of rains worsens food crisis
Dry weather conditions as well as ongoing conflicts are currently the main cause of severe food insecurity in some areas.
Based on the Crop Prospects and Food Situation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), rainfall deficits undermine food production.
Cyclone damage and rainfall deficits in 2019 particularly caused significant agricultural production shortfalls in Southern Africa, resulting in substantial increases in cereal import needs.
In East Africa, severe dryness negatively affected first season harvests and led to a degradation of rangeland conditions.
The largest year-on-year cereal production decreases in 2019, in relative terms, are expected in Kenya, Somalia and the Sudan, where harvests are anticipated at below-average levels, the report notes.