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Dry conditions in Eritrea impede crops and pasture growth


In the framework of the scientific and technical support to the EU delegation in Eritrea and DG DEVCO on food security information, the IES has published a report on ‘Crop and pasture monitoring in Eritrea’, which finds that the crop growing season has been significantly delayed due to late rains.

NDVI anomaly in 3rd dekad of July

The significant rains necessary for planting crops arrived only in August in much of the country (Gash Barka, Anseba and North Red Sea). Pasture conditions have also been negatively affected by the lack of early rains in June, and so livestock is also negatively affected in most areas. The situation is less critical in the moist highlands (Debub and Maekel) although dry spells were also observed in those areas in July. The dry weather has also had a negative effect on cultivated areas. Abundant rains of early August have improved the situation but the negative effect of the delay on this year’s harvest will not be completely reversed, leading to a likelihood of poor crop yields.

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