Agroclimatology

FEWS NET draws heavily on agroclimatology data for its food security analysis. Rainfall, snowfall, sea, and land surface temperatures – all of these directly affect the ability of small and large scale farmers around the world to grow crops, husband livestock, fish, or forage for food. While food security depends on a great complexity of factors, perhaps none is more consistently influential than the impact of weather and climate.

Remote sensing imagery, historical rainfall totals, climate change analysis, analysis of climate modes like the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), and other agroclimatology data are critical parts of FEWS NET’s knowledge base. Analysts use this information to understand the climatology for areas of concern, to make assumptions about agroclimatology as part of scenario development, and to monitor and report on seasonal progress. 

Agroclimatology information is integrated into FEWS NET’s regular Outlook and Outlook Update analysis. In addition, FEWS NET produces weekly Global Weather Hazards reports, which anticipate severe weather or climate events in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia; and Seasonal Monitor reports, which update rainfall totals, impacts on production, and short-term forecasts.

Four United States government agencies - the US Geological Survey (USGS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) - are indispensable partners, providing access to remote sensing imagery, data, and analysis on current conditions, historical trends, and future forecasts. See the links below to access data provided by the FEWS NET science partners.  For detailed guidance on the integration of rainfall data, forecast information, and remote sensing imagery into the scenario development process, see FEWS NET’s guidance document on Building Rainfall Assumptions for Scenario Development

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Weather Hazards

Global Weather Hazards

Global Weather Hazards reports anticipate severe weather or climate events in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia. This product provides maps with current weather and climate information.

Seasonal Monitor

The seasonal monitor updates rainfall totals, impacts on production, and the short-term forecast. It is produced every 20 days during the production season.

Seasonal Monitor

Sobre Este Informe

El monitor estacional se produce para cada una de las cuatro regiones cubiertas por FEWS NET durante la estación de producción. Este informe actualiza los totales de las precipitaciones, las repercusiones sobre la producción y el pronóstico a corto tiempo. Producido por el científico regional del Servicio de Prospección Geológica de Estados Unidos de FEWS NET, el informe es producido cada 20 días durante la estación de producción. Conozca más sobre nuestro trabajo.

Climate Change

Periodically, FEWS NET publishes products related to the impact of the changing climate on food security. They include thematic reports, research papers, and scholarly articles.

Climate Change

Periodically, FEWS NET publishes products related to the impact of the changing climate on food security. They include thematic reports, research papers, and scholarly articles ranging from such topics as rising sea surface temperatures to new rainfall patterns to water availability.

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La Red de Sistemas de Alerta Temprana contra la Hambruna es un proveedor de primera línea de alertas tempranas y análisis sobre la inseguridad alimentaria. Creada por la USAID en 1985 con el fin de ayudar a los responsables de tomar decisiones a prever crisis humanitarias, FEWS NET proporciona análisis asentados en evidencia sobre unos 35 países. Entre los integrantes del equipo ejecutor figuran la NASA, NOAA, USDA y el USGS, así como Chemonics International Inc. y Kimetrica. Lea más sobre nuestro trabajo.

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