In the new edition of USAID’s FrontLines magazine, read how the Agency is working to help people around the world prepare for and react to the rising temperatures and unpredictable weather that are the hallmarks of climate change. Some highlights:
On 2 October 2015, a Ministerial meeting was convened at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva to discuss the state of implementation of the Comprehensive Solutions Strategy for Rwandan Refugees and to review key issues and the way forward in bringing the strategy to its conclusion.
Warming in Pacific triggers extreme weather around globe
Extended drought seen in southern Africa, floods in east
Millions face hunger in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe
By Ed Stoddard
POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Standing waist-deep in a hole, South African maize farmer Tom van Rooyen digs at the side with a small pickaxe.
"There is moisture 25 centimetres down but nothing beyond that. If we get below-average rains, it will be a disaster," he said, wiping the red dust from his calloused hands.
JOHANNESBURG, Sept 29 (Reuters) - A scorching drought that has cut South Africa's key maize crop by a third is likely to continue into the southern hemisphere summer as an El Nino weather pattern strengthens, according to the latest forecast from the South African Weather Service.
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DREAMS is an ambitious partnership to reduce HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.
The goal of DREAMS is to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
Girls and young women account for 71 percent of new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa.
Fairfield, Conn. (September 24, 2015) — As world leaders gather to sign a momentous international development plan at the 70th United Nations Global Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday September 25th, Save the Children urges them to ensure that no child is left behind in the arenas of health, education, protection, and child survival.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Maize production in 2015 decreased by 30 percent compared to bumper 2014 harvest, on account of poor rains
Reduced 2015 output results in tighter supply situation for 2015/16 marketing year (May/April) and lower exports
Maize prices are significantly above last year
Pretoria – Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says the department is considering establishing asylum offices at the country’s ports of entry, in an effort to improve the migration process.
This will enable asylum seekers to get their documents without traveling long distances to Home Affairs offices and assist in reducing the duration of getting one’s documents.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, the Minister said the department is working on a plan to have a one-stop service centre at all ports of entry to assist asylum seekers.
Addis Ababa, 10 September 2015: The African Union Commission (AUC) and HelpAge International have urged African Union Member States to develop and implement policies that protect the rights of older people in Africa. This was during a roundtable meeting on the Role of older persons in achieving Africa's agenda 2063 which took place today 10 September 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the members of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) and other key stakeholders.
The SADC says the 2014/15 rainfall season was generally poor in most parts of the region, with prolonged dry spells in some parts and both floods and prolonged dry spells in other parts resulting in an unsatisfactory overall food security situation for the 2015/16 marketing year.
Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the SADC Secretariat, Mrs. Margaret Nyirenda, said this during a media briefing held on 14th August 2015 at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) ahead of the 35th Ordinary Summit for Heads of States in Botswana.
Poor Record in Several Member States
(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.
International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi
Youth living on the streets of South Africa are often faced with severe poverty, lack of education, abandonment, abuse and exploitation. Many have also been affected by HIV/AIDS as the country has been the hardest hit by the epidemic. To address these issues, the Salesian-run Life Choices organization has been providing health education, leadership classes, life skills training and HIV/AIDS services that have impacted more than 138,000 youth since its inception in 2005. Originally started with the support of the U.S.
Leading HIV researchers describing results from multiple clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa report that innovative service delivery models are achieving results across the HIV treatment cascade that approach or exceed the 90–90–90 target.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:07 GMT
Author: Andrew Mambondiyani
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After her husband died in 2011, Theresa Matanda looked for a job in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, but with no success despite being a qualified accountant.
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Pretoria – The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged drought remains severe.
MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said the province would need weeks and weeks of sustained rainfall to refill its fast declining water reservoirs to return to water levels considered safe and sustainable.
Pretoria - South Africa needs to reduce the rate of HIV transmission amongst its youth, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Speaking at the 7th South African Aids Conference, in Durban, the Deputy President said the results of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey raised a deep concern about the rate of new HIV infections in the country.
A quarter of new HIV infections in the world occur in South Africa, sadly.
The HSRC survey also showed that one in four of these new infections occurs among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.
Pretoria – Government has warned that crop yields are estimated to be low for this year, as compared to last year.
This is due to late rains in some summer rainfall areas during the 2014/15 summer season and the very dry conditions that were experienced during January and February 2015 which affected crop production in some parts of the country.
These conditions mostly affected rain-fed farmers, rather than those farming under irrigation.