Areas of Highest Concern

Reason for Concern

Conflict has severely disrupted trade, humanitarian access, and livelihoods. Very poor macroeconomic conditions constrain household market access.

Current Observations

Extreme levels of acute food insecurity persist in Greater Upper Nile. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity present in all States.

Reason for Concern

Boko Haram conflict continues to contribute to large-scale population displacement, severely disrupt livelihood activities, maintain high staple food prices, and restrict market activity.

Current Observations

Although the scale of conflict has decreased, significant areas, particularly in Borno State, remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors.

Reason for Concern

The extensive conflict has reduced incomes, and food prices remain elevated. Food access is inadequate for many poor households.

Current Observations

The potential for increased conflict to disrupt operation of Hudaydah and Salif ports remains a significant concern for future imports.

Reason for Concern

The April to June 2017 Gu season was well below average. This follows large rainfall deficits in 2016 for both April to June Gu and October to December Deyr seasons.

Current Observations

Field estimates indicate very significant crop losses for 2017 Gu agricultural production. The delayed start of season and long dry spells again affected crop growth.

Reason for Concern

Severe drought over the past year has resulted in very large livestock losses in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, which has sharply reduced household food and income access.

Current Observations

In worst-affected pastoral areas of Somali Region, food security is deteriorating to extreme levels following interruptions in humanitarian assistance.

Other Areas of Concern

Reason for Concern

The March to June 2017 Gu season was significantly below average in many areas. This follows below-average 2016 rainfall.

Current Observations

With the delayed start of season and erratic rainfall, the growing period for rainfed crops will be shorter than normal, likely result in substantially reduced yields in many areas.

Reason for Concern

Conflict and weak non-agricultural labor markets are inhibiting normal livelihoods and market access for many.

Current Observations

Spring rainfall in March, April, and May was below average in many rainfed production areas. Although market supply for wheat is stable, households who depend on rainfed production in these areas will be adversely impacted.

Areas of Highest Concern

Country or Region Reason for Concern Current Observations
South Sudan

Conflict has severely disrupted trade, humanitarian access, and livelihoods. Very poor macroeconomic conditions constrain household market access.

Extreme levels of acute food insecurity persist in Greater Upper Nile. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity present in all States.

Nigeria

Boko Haram conflict continues to contribute to large-scale population displacement, severely disrupt livelihood activities, maintain high staple food prices, and restrict market activity.

Although the scale of conflict has decreased, significant areas, particularly in Borno State, remain inaccessible to humanitarian actors.

Yemen

The extensive conflict has reduced incomes, and food prices remain elevated. Food access is inadequate for many poor households.

The potential for increased conflict to disrupt operation of Hudaydah and Salif ports remains a significant concern for future imports.

Somalia

The April to June 2017 Gu season was well below average. This follows large rainfall deficits in 2016 for both April to June Gu and October to December Deyr seasons.

Field estimates indicate very significant crop losses for 2017 Gu agricultural production. The delayed start of season and long dry spells again affected crop growth.

Ethiopia

Severe drought over the past year has resulted in very large livestock losses in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, which has sharply reduced household food and income access.

In worst-affected pastoral areas of Somali Region, food security is deteriorating to extreme levels following interruptions in humanitarian assistance.

Other Areas of Concern

Country or Region Reason for Concern Current Observations
Horn of Africa

The March to June 2017 Gu season was significantly below average in many areas. This follows below-average 2016 rainfall.

With the delayed start of season and erratic rainfall, the growing period for rainfed crops will be shorter than normal, likely result in substantially reduced yields in many areas.

Afghanistan

Conflict and weak non-agricultural labor markets are inhibiting normal livelihoods and market access for many.

Spring rainfall in March, April, and May was below average in many rainfed production areas. Although market supply for wheat is stable, households who depend on rainfed production in these areas will be adversely impacted.

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.