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Mokaila commissions Mmamashia-Kanye water line project

The North-South Water Carrier project contractor, BSZ Joint Venture, has been warned to deliver the connection of the Kanye-Mmamashia water line within time, budget and specifications.

Speaking during the commissioning of the project in Kanye recently, the Minister of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources (MEWR), Mr Kitso Mokaila said completing the project on time would cut unnecessary cost overruns.

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014

TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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Government, UNICEF seek to close gap

Some pockets of eligible children still remain outside the education system, according to the executive director of Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL), Dr Daniel Tau.

Speaking during the commemoration of the International Literacy Day in Mochudi on September 27, Dr Tau said government was working with UNICEF for the development of the Out of School Education for Children programme to close the existing gap.

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Ethiopia + 11 others
Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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Madagascar + 8 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (23rd to 29th September 2014)

Regional Overview

According to FEWSNET, regional cereal production estimates for 2013/14 show an increased availability by 17 per cent above last year and 19 per cent above the past five-year average. Cereal production is also 2 per cent above the regional annual requirements.

In Focus: Southern Africa Climate Outlook

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Angola + 10 others
Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 1, 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

Four seasonal forecasts were issued at the SARCOF, covering the periods October to December 2014 (figure 1a), November 2014 to January 2015 (figure 1b), December 2014 to February 2015 (figure 1c), and January to March 2015 (figure 1d). According to the SARCOF, most of the SADC region is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall (light blue colours) throughout the forecast period. The exceptions are as follows:

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Rainfall Forecast for the 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

The Eighteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) was convened from 27 to 29 August 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2014/2015 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2014 to March 2015 were prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

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Botswana: National Vulnerability Assessment Results 2014 (BVAC)

Key Findings

  • Despite experiencing normal rainfall, some parts will have limited pasture for livestock because rainfall distribution was not even

  • Low income realised from livestock and livestock products (milk, meat) sales due to poor animal conditions

  • Lack of markets in some places for livestock (especially the FMD affected areas.

  • Lack of employment opportunities - Rising food prices for staple foods - Cross boarder challenges (animal theft)

  • There is a significant production anticipated.

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Regional Summary of 2014 SADC National Vulnerability Assessment Results (as of 22 September 2014)

The regional summary of the 2014 national vulnerability assessment results for Southern Africa finds that the regional food insecure population has decreased by 25 per cent compared to last year.

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Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

The number of people with one hectare of agricultural land in Kenya dropped by 17 percent over the last decade, and by 13 percent in Zambia and 16 percent in Uganda, according to the FAO.

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Mokaila opens booster pump

Minister of Minerals Energy and Water Resources, Mr Kitso Mokaila has said the emergency four boreholes project in Bobirwa constituency are enough to provide adequate water to residents in the area.

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Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

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WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Botswana + 1 other
Botswana, Lesotho sign partnership

Botswana and Lesotho on Tuesday, August 19, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in agricultural projects.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Christian De Graaff signed on behalf of Botswana while his counterpart from Lesotho, Mr Litsoane Litsoane represented his country.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr De Graaff said there was a lot that Lesotho could learn from Botswana such as the operations of Botswana Meat Commission (BMC), an abattoir that was set up to offer subsistence farmers a livelihood and sold to the European markets.

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IPC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2014

Editorial Note

10 Years of IPC

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts.

In 2007, the IPC became a Multi- Agency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014- 2016) launched in February 2014.

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Angola + 10 others
Long Term Planning Framework Southern Africa 2012-2015 Version 2 of 31.07.2014

  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Southern Africa: Malnutrition Snapshot (as of July 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW: MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition levels, particularly stunting levels, in the southern Africa region are very high, as is reflected in child nutritional status. All the countries in the region have stunting levels that are of concern, above the 20% World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for stunting.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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