• 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.
Source: Southern African Development Community