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A significant advancement of the ITF positively affected the agropastoral areas of Mali, Niger and Chad

  • Seasonal Monitor
  • West Africa
  • June 26, 2018
A significant advancement of the ITF positively affected the agropastoral areas of Mali, Niger and Chad

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  • Key Messages
  • UPDATE ON SEASONAL PROGRESS
  • FORECASTS
  • Key Messages
    • The ITF (Intertropical Front) made a significant advancement in comparison with its late May position, which resulted in mostly above average rainfall conditions over the pastoral areas of Mali, Niger and Chad and a significant improvement of agrometeorological conditions over, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, western Mali and southern Senegal (Figure 1 and Figure 2).

    • Continued average to above average seasonal rainfall with good space and time distribution before and during the first two dekads of June were positive for long season crops (March to July) in the bi-modal zone.


    UPDATE ON SEASONAL PROGRESS

    FORECASTS
    Figures Greater rainfall recorded over the Gulf of Guinea countries while less the farther into the north and Sahelien region.

    Figure 1

    Figure 1. Total rainfall estimate (RFE) in mm, 1st dekad of April to 2nd dekad of June

    Source: USGS/FEWS NET

    Most of West Africa is showing a average to slightly below-average rainfall anomaly according to RFE. Greater defecit is seen

    Figure 2

    Figure 2. Rainfall estimate (RFE) anomaly compared to the 2007-2016 mean, 1st dekad of April to 2nd dekad of June

    Source: USGS/FEWS NET

    The ITF is similar to the previous dekad and the average for this dekad in the west and farther north than the previous dekad

    Figure 3

    Figure 3: ITF position at the second dekad of June 2018

    Source: NOAA/CPC

    West Africa seasonal calendar  In the North, Main season cultivation is from mid-May to mid-August. Main harvest is from mid-

    Figure 4

    SEASONAL CALENDAR FOR A TYPICAL YEAR

    Source: FEWS NET

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