Pitak's success at Giew
Muang stems in part from the prestige he enjoys as a monk.
The number of food-insecure people in the subregion is likely to rise over the course of 2018, partly reversing last year's sharp decline, the GIEWS alert warned.
However, at the household level, many smallholders and rural families are still recovering from losses due to the severe El Nio- associated drought, and they are vulnerable to a downturn, GIEWS noted.
Key statistics - Saudi Arabia http://www.fao.org/countryprofiles/index/en/?is o3=SAU GIEWS
Country Briefs provide up to date information on the food security situation of monitored countries.
update, Food and Agricultural Organization, accessed 9 June 2015.
Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Nio weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures.A reduced agricultural output would follow on last year's disappointing season, which has already contributed to higher food prices and "could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016," according to a special alert released on Tuesday by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).
It will peak at the start of 2016, before the usual harvest time for farmers in Southern Africa."Weather forecasts indicate a higher probability of a continuation of below-normal rains between December and March across most countries," according to the GIEWS alert.
In SSA, elements of these are mirrored by the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS-NET) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS
The price of rice has remained relatively the same in real terms since the late 1990s (FAO GIEWS
coarse rice price data); except for two periods of crisis in 2007/08 and 2010/11.
An exclusive alert by FAO's Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS
) said that declined agricultural output might pursue in 2016.
Who is involved: FAPDA is an FAO interdepartmental activity: Policy Assistance Support Service, Integrated Food Security Support Service, Agricultural Development Economics Division and Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (Giews
) and decentralized offices (regional and subregional).