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Seasonal Monitor

Seasonal water availability remains low in Afghanistan

April 14, 2018

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET classification is IPC-compatible. IPC-compatible analysis follows key IPC protocols but does not necessarily reflect the consensus of national food security partners.
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance
FEWS NET Remote Monitoring countries use a colored outline to represent the highest IPC classification in areas of concern.

Key Messages

  • Moderate (30-60 mm) to locally heavy (130-160 mm) precipitation, beneficial to spring wheat planting, occurred over central, northwestern, and eastern parts of the country during the month of March. However, cumulative seasonal precipitation deficits still remain quite large, especially in the north and southern parts of the country.

  • Water storage in the winter snowpack continues to be well below average in most basins. Since snow water volume is in the recession period over most basins, current deficits are of concern.

  • The average daily temperature has been above both the long-term and short-term average since mid-season in most areas, and is expected to be above average in the coming months. With abnormally high temperatures, snowpack is expected to deplete sooner than normal, resulting in possible irrigation water shortages in April and May.

  • Precipitation forecasts indicate average to below-average conditions for the remainder of the spring wet season, creating increased risk of extended periods of dryness during the spring.

     

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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.

 

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.

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