21 September 2015
The on-going El Nino event, officially declared in March, will remain active throughout 2015 and is very likely to extend into the first quarter of 2016.
The event is now strengthening towards its peak intensity which should be reached in late 2015. There is a significant chance that this event could be close or even exceed the strongest levels on record.
The event is being influencing all growing seasons of the northern hemisphere, as well as those of equatorial regions (Horn of Africa, Indonesia) of late 2015, and will be influencing those of southern Africa and South America from late 2015 to early 2016.
The impacts are wide ranging and generally negative in countries facing food insecurity.
10 July 2015
The WFP Seasonal Monitor examines satellite imagery of rainfall and vegetation in order to assess the development of the growing season and how such conditions might impact the lives and livelihoods of the resident populations. Real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts are analyzed to highlight potential developments that may be of humanitarian concern.
This Seasonal Monitor webpage provides real time satellite data streams and seasonal forecasts to highlight changes in the progression of the agricultural season that may be of concern. This analysis is also presented in Power Point and report format.
9 July 2015
An El Nino event active since March 2015 will almost certainly last through 2015 and is likely to extend into early 2016.
The intensity of this event is increasing with a peak expected in the last quarter of 2015 and there is a significant chance that it may become one of the strongest events of the past 30 years.
The timing of the event means that it will influence all growing seasons of the northern hemisphere (broadly from May to October) as well as those of equatorial regions (Horn of Africa, Indonesia) of late 2015 and of southern Africa and South America from late 2015 to early 2016.
The possible impacts are wide ranging and generally negative in countries facing food insecurity.
30 June 2015
The Global Food Security Update provides an overview of the food security trends in 57 countries in six regions and offers an outlook for the 3-6 months following its release. It is based on food security monitoring reports, updates from WFP’s regional and country-based Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) units and a review of secondary information.
25 May 2015
The Food Security Analysis factsheet provides key information on the various aspects of Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping work at WFP, the different assessment tools, specific initiatives and key facts for 2015.
31 January 2011
North-east monsoon rains began in mid-November 2010 resulting in severe precipitations in Northern, Eastern, North Central, Central and North Western Provinces. The rainfall reintensified in December and January caused heavy flooding, limited physical accessibility, severely damaged crops and major displacement. Lives and livelihoods of an estimated 1 million persons were affected. The 12 districts of Batticaloa, Anuradhapura, Monaragala, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, Trincomalee, Ratnapura, Matara, Kilinochchi, Polonnaruwa, Mullaitivu and Ampara are flood affected at varying degrees.
Against this background, rapid inter-agency teams with representatives from OCHA, UNDP, WFP, and ILO conducted rapid assessments in the flood affected districts. Disaster Management Center (DMC) and District Secretariats and relevant line departments joined as government partners in the rapid assessment.
30 September 2008
This bulletin describes the food security situation and food supply of the country. The essential food items including rice, sugar, flour, dhal are still sold by private traders at high cost in the open market.
30 June 2007
These bulletins assess the food security and nutrition situation in poor and vulnerable households in Jaffna.
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