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Confirmed crop failure in parts of Honduras and Nicaragua. Drought impact in Senegal, Mauritania and Gambia

ASAP hotspot assessment of 04/10/2019

The September edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment is now available at:

Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment

Main findings of the September global overview:

  • At the time of harvesting, the negative impact of prolonged dry spells and high temperatures on primera crop production (maize and beans) in the Dry Corridor of Central America is confirmed. The main areas affected are in southern Honduras and north-western Nicaragua, as well as in parts of Haiti.
  • In East Africa, the main season is generally progressing well in Ethiopia, Sudan and Eritrea, with the exception of areas hit by floods in Sudan and dryness in north-eastern Ethiopia. The southern part of the region is preparing for second season planting, with eastern Kenya and southern Somalia still experiencing carry-over effects from the first season drought.
  • In West Africa, late rainfall onset and irregular rainfall distribution are reducing yield expectations in Senegal, Gambia and Mauritania. Intensive rainfall in the last week of August caused overflow of the Niger River and triggered floods, causing damage to standing crops and loss of livelihoods in areas of Niger, Nigeria, Mali and Chad.
  • Tropical storms brought beneficial rain to previously drought-affected parts of Thailand, northern Cambodia and the southern part of North Korea, but also caused localised floods.

The next assessment is scheduled for the first week of November 2019.

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Publication date
4 October 2019