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Below-average rainfall was received in several western and eastern parts of the region, resulting in delays in planting, a failed first planting in Eswatini, and poor grazing conditions.
The season is off to a poor start in southern Madagascar, which is currently experiencing the impacts of a severe drought after three consecutive poor rainfall seasons.
Heavy early December rainfall in central and eastern parts of the region marked an effective onset of the rains. Forecasts indicate that the rains are likely to continue into mid-December.
Control efforts for the African Migratory Locust continued in the five affected SADC Member States. An outbreak of the brown locust was also detected in South Africa.
FEWS NET’s Seasonal Monitor reports are produced for Central America and the Caribbean, West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, and Somalia every 10-to-30 days during the region’s respective rainy season(s). Seasonal Monitors report updates on weather events (e.g., rainfall patterns) and associated impacts on ground conditions (e.g., cropping conditions, pasture and water availability), as well as the short-term rainfall forecast. Find more remote sensing information here.