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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-04 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2017-02-20

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      Highlights: Southern and central areas continued to receive well above average rains in January. Poor rainfall was received in western and north-eastern SADC and Madagascar; The Fall Armyworm has been confirmed in 7 countries in the region; The severity of the impact on regional crop production is yet to be established; and Tropical cyclones Carlos and Dineo affected the region in early to mid-February. The impacts of Cyclone Dineo are severe, particularly in southern Mozambique.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-03 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2017-01-13

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      Highlights: Rains improved in many areas that were affected by severe drought last season; Poor rains have been received in Tanzania and parts of Madagascar, with likely impacts on crop production in affected areas; and An armyworm outbreak has affected the region, with reports of outbreaks in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The outbreak in Zambia is particularly severe.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-02 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2016-11-22

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The agricultural season has started well in southern areas that typically experience an onset of rains by mid-October through early November. Eastern South Africa, Swaziland and southern Madagascar received above average rains in October and early November (Figure 1, blue ovals #1 and #2). The rains have been sufficient for planting, which has started in the main maize growing areas of South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. Although planting has also started in Lesotho, rains there were reported to have arrived late. In contrast, northern parts of the region, including north-eastern Angola, southern/central DRC and northern Zambia, received below average early season rains (Figure 1, red oval #3). Rains were also below average in eastern Tanzania (Figure 1, red oval #4), including some of the bimodal areas.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-01 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2016-09-26

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Issues: Issues, Environment & Sustainable Development

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) was held from 24 to 26 August 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe to present a seasonal rainfall forecast for the 2016/2017 season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2016 to March 2017 was prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the SADC region and the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC).

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-06 - 2015-2016 Season.pdf

      Date Signed: 2016-02-19

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The regional drought associated with the El NiƱo eased slightly in January, but re-strengthened through to mid-February. In January, rainfall improved in southern parts of the region including much of South Africa, Lesotho and southern Zimbabwe, but was still generally below normal in many areas (Figure 1a). Many central areas also received slightly below normal January rainfall including parts of Zimbabwe, southern and eastern Zambia, southern half of Malawi, southern and central Mozambique, and much of Botswana. Some areas received well below average rainfall during the month, including southern Madagascar, parts of southern Mozambique, parts of southern Zimbabwe, north-western Namibia, south-western Angola and northern DRC. In Tanzania and northern Mozambique, well-above normal rainfall was received, over twice the normal amount in many areas. This resulted in some areas experiencing flooding. Western South Africa, southern Namibia, southern DRC and some parts of Angola also received above-normal rainfall.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-05 - 2015-2016 Season

      Date Signed: 2016-01-13

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      In many parts of the SADC region, the October to December 2015 period has been the driest in at least the last 35 years, based on analyses of the 35-year CHIRPS historical satellite-based rainfall dataset. The areas affected include much of South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, as well as parts of Botswana, southern and central Mozambique and southern Zambia. For many areas in the southern half of the region, the October-December 2015 rainfall totals were among the 4 driest since 1981.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-04 - 2015-2016 Season.pdf

      Date Signed: 2015-12-21

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The slow start of the rainfall season continued in the southern half of the region during the first half of December. In particular, southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia and north-eastern Zimbabwe received well below normal rainfall, as well as Lesotho, central/western South Africa and southern Botswana (brown colours, Figure 1). The low rainfall in the first half of December is compounded by below normal rainfall that has generally characterized the rainfall season since October in the southern parts of the region.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-03 - 2015-2016 Season

      Date Signed: 2015-12-10

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The slow start of the rainfall season continued in the southern half of the region, with below average rainfall being received in many areas over the course of October and November (Figure 1, brown and yellow colours). The brown colours are indicative of larger rainfall deficits compared to normal conditions, which have intensified over the last 2 weeks of November, particularly in southern/central Angola and eastern South Africa, as indicated by the red circles in Figure 1.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-02 - 2015-2016 Season

      Date Signed: 2015-11-19

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The rainfall season is off to a slow start across many parts of the region. The south-eastern, central and north-western areas have experienced significant deficits in cumulative rainfall between October and mid-November. In most of these areas, consistent planting rains usually occur in mid-November, although they are normally preceded by light pre-season rains that encourage and facilitate land preparations by farmers in October.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-01 - 2015-2016 Season

      Date Signed: 2015-10-03

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


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