Delayed and poor rainfall in a number of Sudanese localities during this year’s rainy season may lead to a significant decrease of yields in the November-January harvest period, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported.
According to a FAO survey, the 25-80 percent reduction in rainfall coupled with a delayed planting period may lead to a 30-50 percent crop loss.
The localities most at risk of poor harvests are concentrated in North Darfur, South Darfur and Central Darfur, as well as Hamashkoreeb locality in eastern Sudan’s Kassala state.
The full impact of a low harvest will be felt most acutely during the traditional lean season between March and June next year. This could increase food insecurity in affected localities, especially among small-scale farmers and pastoralists who make up the bulk of Sudan’s rural poor. …