Agroclimatology

FEWS NET draws heavily on agroclimatology data for its food security analysis. Rainfall, snowfall, sea, and land surface temperatures – all of these directly affect the ability of small and large scale farmers around the world to grow crops, husband livestock, fish, or forage for food. While food security depends on a great complexity of factors, perhaps none is more consistently influential than the impact of weather and climate.

Remote sensing imagery, historical rainfall totals, climate change analysis, analysis of climate modes like the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and other agroclimatology data are critical parts of FEWS NET’s knowledge base. Analysts use this information to understand the climatology for areas of concern, to make assumptions about agroclimatology as part of scenario development, and to monitor and report on seasonal progress. 

Agroclimatology information is integrated into FEWS NET’s regular Outlook and Outlook Update analysis. In addition, FEWS NET produces weekly Global Weather Hazards reports, which anticipate severe weather or climate events in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia; and Seasonal Monitor reports, which update rainfall totals, impacts on production, and short-term forecasts.

Four United States government agencies - the US Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - are indispensable partners, providing access to remote sensing imagery, data, and analysis on current conditions, historical trends, and future forecasts. See the links below to access data provided by the FEWS NET science partners.  

Products

Weather Hazards

Global Weather Hazards

Global Weather Hazards reports anticipate severe weather or climate events in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia. This product provides maps with current weather and climate information.

Seasonal Monitor

The seasonal monitor updates rainfall totals, impacts on production, and the short-term forecast. It is produced every 20 days during the production season.

Seasonal Monitor

About this Report

The seasonal monitor, produced by the FEWS NET USGS regional scientist and FEWS NET Regional Technical Manager, updates rainfall totals, the impact on production, and the short-term forecast. It is produced every 20 days during the production season. Find more remote sensing information here.

 

Climate Change

Periodically, FEWS NET publishes products related to the impact of the changing climate on food security. They include thematic reports, research papers, and scholarly articles.

Climate Change

Periodically, FEWS NET publishes products related to the impact of the changing climate on food security. They include thematic reports, research papers, and scholarly articles ranging from such topics as rising sea surface temperatures to new rainfall patterns to water availability.

Remote Sensing Imagery

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About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 34 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.