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March 2015
Key Messages
  • In Borena Zone in southern Oromia Region, cumulative rainfall was below average for both the March to May Genna and June to September Hageya rains in 2014. As the Hageya rains ended early and this year’s Genna rains have yet to start, the dry season has been longer than usual. Grazing land is drier than normal and much of it is overgrazed. Water availability is very low. This has significantly reduced livestock production and productivity, reducing household food access. With this year’s Genna rainfall being forecast to be near average to below average, food access, particularly in the lowlands bordering Kenya, is expected to further decline. 

  • In pastoral areas that had below average rainfall last year, no significant improvement in livestock body conditions or productivity is expected following the anticipated near normal to below-normal March to May Gu/Genna/Diraac/ Sugum rainfall. Households’ food and income access from livestock will continue to be lower than usual. Therefore, poor households in northeastern and southern Afar and the lowlands of Borena Zone in Oromia will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through June. 

  • In most Belg-growing areas, land preparation and plating were delayed by a very dry February. Belg rains started up to a month late. These delays will likely reduce planted area, growing time, and ploughing. These changes coupled with the expected near average to below-average rainfall is likely to result in below-average Belg production, a delayed harvest, reduced labor opportunities and income, and abnormally high staple food prices in these areas.

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