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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The September edition of the JRC's Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment shows evidence of reduced primera (May-June) production in Central America and reduced production of irrigated summer crops in the Middle-East. Irrigation deficits and drought have also affected crop production in Central and South Asia. Conditions are generally good in East, West and Central Africa, with the exception of heavy floods in Nigeria.
Main findings of the September global overview:
Violent rainfall in Nigeria and in its neighbouring countries resulted in major flooding along the main rivers (Niger and Benue). These floods led to casualties and extended damage to housing, transport infrastructure and crops. The Red Cross estimates that nearly a quarter of a million households are affected. Rainfall is expected to continue in October.
The next assessment is scheduled for the end of October 2018.