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28 Apr 2016 description

Assistant Minister of Agriculture, Mr Kgotla Autlwetse, says the country has been experiencing severe drought that affected both arable and pastoral farming.

Addressing a kgotla meeting at Semolale in the Bobonong constituency on April 26, he said it was against this background that government declared drought in the country through efforts such as subsidised stock feeds.

He said in 2013/14, stock feeds were reduced by 20 per cent and further reduced by 50 per cent in 2014/15.

27 Apr 2016 description

Key messages

  • The current rainfall season has been the driest in the last 35 years across several parts of the Southern Africa Region. Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons have significantly impacted crop and livestock production, cereal prices, water availability, and livelihoods.

  • Food and nutrition security in the region also remains extremely fragile, with the situation expected to worsen. Overall, 28 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity.

25 Apr 2016 description

Executive Summary

This assessment considers the cereals shortfalls expected within the southern Africa region over the coming year as a consequence of the impact of the current El Niño effect. The consequent need for imports by the countries most affected, and the impact of these additional imports on the regional supply chain is examined and some of the issues that may need to be addressed are identified.

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.

22 Apr 2016 description

By Adam Fysh

LUANDA, 22 April 2016 – Six southern African countries have taken a key step in their efforts to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global agreement to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards, by starting a programme to harness data.

21 Apr 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. This particular occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

19 Apr 2016 description

As southern African countries deal with the effects of El Nino and prepare for La Nina, representatives of disaster risk management authorities in the sub-region convened this week to kick off a risk knowledge programme focused on how to measure losses caused by disasters, to help inform policy and development planning.

15 Apr 2016 description

Apr 2016

Overview

The current 2015-2016 El Niño cycle has been one of the strongest on record and has had significant impacts on agricultural production and food security across the globe. At present, the agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and extreme hot and cold weather.

15 Apr 2016 description

Increased rainfall forecast for dry areas in Guatemala and the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

13 Apr 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. This particular occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

11 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • The first half of February was characterized by very dry conditions in the southern half of the region, further reducing harvest expectations

  • Very high rainfall was received between late February and mid-March in most parts of the region. The rainfall helped to increase water supply, and may improve pasture conditions.
    However, the rains were generally too late to improve crops that had succumbed to the hot, dry conditions in many areas

08 Apr 2016 description

Early season dryness developing in parts of Guatemala

The Global Weather Hazards report anticipates severe weather or climate events in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central Asia. This product provides maps with current weather and climate information; short and medium range weather forecasts (up to one week); and the potential impact on crop and pasture conditions. It does not reflect long range forecasts or food security conditions.

05 Apr 2016 description

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen of the media. I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you all to this briefing session on the outcome of the meeting of the Council of Ministers held during the past two days. The SADC Council of Ministers fruitfully deliberated on several issues of significant importance to regional integration and development, and made decisions on how to overcome challenges faced by the region and how to accelerate implementation of previous Summit and Council decisions.

29 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

· One of the strongest El Nino events on record in 2015-16, has led to a regional scale drought comparable in extent and intensity with that of 1991-92.

· Severe and widespread rainfall deficits particularly pronounced in the first phase of the season (in many places the driest since at least 1981), continued until mid-February: this resulted in prolonged delays in the start of the agricultural season and extremely unfavourable conditions for crop development.

28 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

  • Significant January rains were received in drought-stricken areas in the southern half of the region, helping to reduce rainfall deficits. The overall benefit was however diminished by very high temperatures which increased evapotranspiration, as well as low early-February rainfall.

  • January rains following a long dry spell led to very late planting and replanting in parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Chances of the late-planted crops reaching maturity are low.

25 Mar 2016 description

Average to below-average rainfall to continue over the Greater Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

19 Mar 2016 description

Slow start of rainy season in parts of East Africa

17 Mar 2016 description

Donors and Southern African governments must act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously in responding to the South African Development Community’s (SADC) announcement of a regional drought emergency triggered by El Nino, warn Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE.

In a statement this week, SADC Council has approved a ‘Declaration of the Regional Drought Disaster’. Approximately 28-30 million people in Southern Africa now face severe levels of hunger and food insecurity. If no action is taken, that number could rise quickly to 49 million.