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Rainfall performance over many parts of the region has been conducive to crop development, and good crop conditions have been noted in many areas.
Areas in the southern half of the region received heavy rainfall in December and early January, resulting in flooding and waterlogging.
Below-average rainfall continued in some western and eastern parts of the region. In southern Madagascar, severe drought conditions are negatively impacting agriculture.
The African Migratory Locust outbreak continued, promoted by wet conditions conducive to locust breeding. Control efforts are ongoing, although in some areas are being hampered by incessant rains.
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.