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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 latest edition of the monthly Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) Global Overview, which reports on agricultural production of hotspot countries in Southern, East, North and West Africa, the Middle East, Central and South-east Asia, and Central America and the Caribbean, has been published today.
The report finds that recent good rainfall conditions have improved agricultural conditions in parts of Southern Africa, the Maghreb and the Middle East that were affected by early season dry spells, but that dry conditions continue to affect parts of Southern Africa, North Africa and parts of Central Asia. The report includes an interactive map that provides information on each hotspot country.
The main findings of the March overview
Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) is an online decision support system developed by the JRC to give early warnings about hotspots of agricultural production anomalies, in order to help prevent food security crises and facilitate response planning.
ASAP provides information at two levels:
ASAP supports multi-agency early warning initiatives and provides information to food security assessments, to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and to the Cadre Harmonisé (a regional framework designed to prevent food crises by quickly identifying affected populations and suggesting appropriate measures to improve their food and nutrition security). It also directly feeds into the Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) Crop Monitor for Early Warning.
The monthly agricultural hotspots assessment is published at the end of each month on the ASAP website homepage. The automatic warnings at provincial level are updated every 10 days in the ASAP Warning Explorer.