JRC News

  1. 18 Dec 2014

    A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA, to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought understanding, monitoring, forecasting and management.

  2. 12 Aug 2014

    Between October 2013 and July 2014, despite abundant rainfall in most of Europe, the south-eastern Iberian Peninsula (the Murcia and Valencia regions, and eastern AndalucĂ­a) was affected by mean and long-term precipitation deficits, leading to significant soil moisture deficits. In the same period, temporary rainfall shortages occurred also in France, Germany and Belgium, but their possible effects were likely insignificant due to subsequent rainfall events.

  3. 6 Jun 2014

    A recent climatic early warning report on the irregular rainfall situation experienced in the current season by the Horn of Africa warns of a significant moisture deficit in large parts of the region. The report, which is based on satellite-derived observations, was prepared by the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Global Information and Early warning System on food and agriculture (GIEWS), in collaboration with the JRC.

  4. 30 Apr 2014

    A recent JRC report on the current food security situation in Kenya finds that, due to a poor 2013-2014 short rains season, northern and northeastern parts of Kenya are affected by drought, and agricultural crop production in the southwest is below average. As of the date of publishing, rainfall for the 2014 long rains is also late by 20 days in large parts of the country, further aggravating the situation and making continuous monitoring crucial.