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12 Feb 2016 description

Déclaration commune PAM, FEWS NET, JRC et FAO

Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO) ; Réseau des systèmes d'alerte rapide aux risques de famine (FEWS NET) ; Centre commun de recherches de la Commission européenne (JRC) ; Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

12 Feb 2016 description

Joint statement by FAO, EC-JRC, FEWS NET and WFP

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; FEWS NET - Famine Early Warning Systems Network; JRC - European Commission's Joint Research Centre;WFP - World Food Programme

12 February 2016, Rome - Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

10 Feb 2016 description

Luanda - The Luanda Government (GPL) has provided the Viana municipality administration with water suction pumps and 15 tanker trucks to help with the floods in the area.

Speaking to journalists after touring the area on Tuesday, Luanda governor Higino Carneiro said the suction pumps and the 15 vehicles were provided by a businessman.

He added his visit to the area was meant both to learn of the real situation on the spot and express solidarity with those suffering the effect of the floods.

09 Feb 2016 description

Highlights:

  • The current El Niño event is signalled to be the strongest and longest event in 35 years. For southern Africa, El Niño usually means less rainfall in most countries but high rainfall in northern Tanzania and DRC. Across vast areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, this has been the driest October-December, since 1981.

  • Lesotho and Zimbabwe have declared a state of disaster following the affects of drought caused by El Niño. Most provinces in South Africa have also declared a state of disaster.

08 Feb 2016 description

Luanda - The Chinese government is to give a financial assistance of USD 500,000 to Angola for this African country to purchase yellow fever vaccines, aimed to fight the recent outbreak in the country.

A note from the Chinese Embassy in Angola, which reached ANGOP on Monday, states that the donation happens in response to a request from the Angolan authorities that intend to put an end to the yellow fever outbreak, which has already claimed several lives.

Last week, 38 cases of yellow fever were recorded in Luanda, ten of which ended in death.

05 Feb 2016 description

Luanda - Two water distribution centres in Luanda Province, namely in the localities of Marçal and Cazenga, which have been receiving repair works, are scheduled to start functioning this year, guaranteed last Thursday the secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva.

Speaking to the press, in the end of the inauguration ceremony of the water distribution centre of Maianga ward, in Luanda City, Luís Filipe da Silva informed that the Marçal and Cazenga water distribution centres are being expanded and some equipment are being replaced.

05 Feb 2016 description

Caxito - The implementation of the Water for All projects in the country has reached 63 percent

This was said Thursday in Caxito, northern Bengo province, by the minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.

João Baptista Borges said the Water for All that is directly run by the head of State is being taken to all rural areas, to cater for 80 percent of the population, that is, about six million people.

04 Feb 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS
- El Niño“drought effect” likely to have a long-lasting impact as people’ resilience continues to be eroded
- Ethiopia battling worst drought in decades
- Drought, food in security and power shortages stalk southern Africa region
- Cholera, a preventable disease, kills thousands across eastern and southern Africa
- Protracted conflicts to complicate humanitarian situation
- Funding shortfalls paralyse humanitarian responses

01 Feb 2016 description

Luanda - A mega-campaign to fight against yellow fever will be launched on Tuesday in Viana municipality, where the disease started, hitting the country's capital since last December, Angop has learnt.

This was said by the health minister, José Van-Dúnem.

The minister said that the activities which started in Viana will cover other municipalities and districts of Luanda.

The campaign comprises awareness actions among populations to boost prevention measures.

01 Feb 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

The government of President José Eduardo dos Santos continued to violate human rights in Angola despite several new pledges to improve its record. In March, the Angolan government said it would accept many of the recommendations resulting from the Universal Periodic Review of the country held by the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2014. In the same month, it passed a restrictive law regulating the work of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

31 Jan 2016 description

Lubango - Four people are believed to have died of yellow fever on Thursday in the municipality of Caluquembe, southern Huila province.

The information was released by Huíla health authorities who added the four were part of seven suspect cases of yellow fever reported in Caluquembe, some 117 kilometres of the capital, Lubango.

Speaking at the end of an emergency meeting convened by Huíla province governor, Marcelino Tyipinge, the head of the local Health Department said the suspect cases were brought by patients who arrived from Luanda.

30 Jan 2016 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

29 Jan 2016 description

60 million PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY EL NIÑO IN THE FOUR MOST AFFECTED REGIONS

2.8 million PEOPLE REQUIRE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN GUATEMALA AND HONDURAS

10.2 million PEOPLE IN NEED OF EMERGENCY FOOD IN ETHIOPIA

14 million FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – EXCLUDING SOUTH AFRICA

El Niño status

29 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

Nairobi, 29 janvier 2016 (IRIN) - Cette année, l’Afrique australe est confrontée au risque de mauvaises récoltes, car les précipitations ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas dans une région où 29 millions de personnes vivent déjà sans un accès fiable à une alimentation bon marché et nourrissante en quantité suffisante.

« Les perspectives sont alarmantes, car plusieurs zones n’ont connu que peu ou pas de précipitations et la fenêtre de plantation des céréales se ferme rapidement ou s’est déjà fermée dans certains pays », a mis en garde le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

29 Jan 2016 description

Jan 2016

Background and purpose

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has as its **Strategic Objective 5** to “Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”. In support of its national counterparts, FAO aims to address the current and future needs of vulnerable people affected by the 2015‒2016 El Niño event.

29 Jan 2016 description

Poorly distributed rainfall leads to severe drought in southeastern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

28 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor

NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.

“With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming,” the World Food Programme has warned.

27 Jan 2016 description
report IRIN

By Annie Slemrod

JERUSALEM, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - Between 400,000 and two million Syrians (depending on who’s counting) are living under siege. Madaya forced their plight onto the international stage. Since then, voices calling for airdrops to save starving civilians have only become louder.

Read the full article on IRIN