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.
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has a long way to go in preventing regional crises. Many challenges remain in making the infrastructure (especially the Central African Early Warning Mechanism and the Central African Multinational Force) operational and effective, and there is a gap between ambition and reality.
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.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Luanda - The Luanda deputy governor for political and social affairs, Jovelina Imperial, Wednesday in Luanda appealed to concerned authorities to work with creches and child centres in the next vaccination against poliomyelitis.
Addressing the meeting called to assess the result of the vaccination campaign, the official said the homes that host children must be prepared to welcome vaccinators.
According to Juvelina Imperial, parents too are recommended to welcome the vaccination staff and be aware of the advantages of having their children vaccination.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
Luanda - Under the first phase of the vaccination campaign against polio, which runs from the 14th August, the Luanda provincial government and its partners meet on Wednesday to assess the business performance in the Angolan capital.
It is recalled that the Luanda Provincial Government extended the vaccination campaign against polio until Friday in order to cover the target population, estimated at one million and 350 children less than five years of age.
Malanje - At least one hundred and six unexploded ordnance removed in Quéssua Hill, near the city of Malanje, by the Provincial Department of National Demining Institute (INAD), will be destroyed Wednesday in the commune of Cambaxi (city of Malanje).
According to a document from the institution that reached Angop, there will be delivered a cleared field, to build the future broadcasting center of the Public Television of Angola (TPA).
Snapshot 12 August –18 August 2015
Yemen: The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. 1.4 million people have become displaced since conflict escalated in March – a 12% increase since early July. Fuel shortages and access issues continue to affect provision of health services. 23% of Yemen’s health facilities are either partially funtional or non-functional.
Luanda - To cover all children, the health authorities of Luanda will extend the vaccination campaign until August 21, next Friday.
Speaking to Angop, the immunization chief in Luanda, Felismina Neto, raised the possibility that some mothers were distracted in the days of the campaign, reason why it is necessary to extend the days.
He added that the extension will be carried out at fixed posts, schools, hospitals, kindergartens, churches and markets.
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.
This was said on Thursday by the head of department of the sector, Moisés Capenda da Rosa, in the framework of a visit of the multisectorial technical committee to support people hit by the drought phenomenon.
In addition to the construction of two dams in the locality of Nondjelo (Gambos) and Nombombo (Chibia), intended for water retention, the government is also sensitizing peasant associations with so as to encourage the production and strengthen food diet of humans and the pasture for livestock.
Luanda - At least two million USD have been made available by Japan for preparation project for a Resilient Recovery in five African countries, including Angola, said, Tuesday, the Asian country’s ambassador, Kuniaki Ito.
Snapshot 5-11 August 2015
Burkina Faso: Heavy floods in Ouagadougou, Kadiogo province, and Bobo-Dioulasso, Houet province, in early August affected around 19,780 people. Significant damage to houses and food stocks were reported. Additional flooding in the north could bring the total number of affected to 122,000. More than 1.5 million people are facing Stressed or Crisis food security outcomes in Burkina Faso, especially in the Sahel region in the north.
One year since the last case of wild polio on the African continent, we look at what needs to be done to turn this small step into a victory lap against polio.
Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.
Kuito - At least eight minefields have been cleared in central Bie province in the first half this year, announced the British Non-governmental Organization (NGO) "The Halo Trust", during the first half of this year.
Speaking Friday to Angop, NGO's head of operations, Cristovão Alfredo stressed that the work covered the districts of Cuito, Andulo and Cunhinga, with two fields each, while the municipalities of Chitembo, Nharea only one each, respectively.
Cabinda - The five teams of farmers in the municipality of Buco-Zau, northern Cabinda province, benefited Wednesday from kits of agricultural imputes delivered by Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Angola, Gordon Crik.
Gordon Crik is in Cabinda for a visit aimed at evaluation the projects financed by the EU in the municipality of Buco-Zau.