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03 Jul 2015 description

This season’s crop performance was poor across much of southern Africa, particularly in the region’s surplus-producing areas. Preliminary estimates indicate that national maize harvests in South Africa and Malawi were the lowest in more than five years. However, as a result of above-average carry-over stocks from the 2014/15 marketing year, aggregate regional supply is expected to be near average. Countries with significant production deficits this year, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, will likely experience an early start of the lean season and limited food access for poor households.

01 Jul 2015 description
  • A slight decrease in rainfall was observed over West Africa during the past week.

  • Parts of Eastern Africa have received below-average rain since the beginning of the season.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

30 Jun 2015 description

African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.

30 Jun 2015 description
report Voice of America

Steve Baragona

June 28, 2015 8:45 PM

An extra year of schooling can cut the risk of HIV infection by a third, a new study shows.

The study, its authors say, is evidence that education is cost-effective HIV prevention, not even counting all the other benefits.

Despite unprecedented global public health efforts, HIV infects more than two million people each year.

Botswana has among the world’s highest HIV infection rates. Nearly a quarter of the population is infected.

30 Jun 2015 description

Overview

Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.

29 Jun 2015 description
report New Era

Katima Mulilo

As the December 31, 2015, deadline set by Namibia and Botswana for the voluntary repatriation of Namibian refugees in Botswana looms, Namibia has devised another strategy that involves inviting some Dukwe refugees to come and ascertain for themselves the social and political atmosphere prevalent in the country. Some refugees have been reluctant to come back home citing security fears.

28 Jun 2015 description

Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 6/28/2015 - 23:01 GMT

Longer schooling seems to be an effective and affordable way to cut the risk of HIV infection in AIDS-endemic countries, according to the results of a study in Botswana published Monday.

Data collected among 7,018 people in Botswana found that an extra year of secondary schooling lowered the risk of HIV infection over the following decade by eight percentage points -- from about 25 to 17 percent.

24 Jun 2015 description
  • Drier than average conditions observed in southeastern Senegal and western Mali.

  • Favorable rainfall distribution continues over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria, The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and has already negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas.

24 Jun 2015 description

Overview

Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.

24 Jun 2015 description

Situation Overview

The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.

Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.

23 Jun 2015 description
map EARS

The 2014-15 growing season drought in southern Botswana

The map presents the relative evapotranspiration (RE) as derived from Meteosat by EARS Earth Environment Monitoring Ltd in Delft, the Netherlands. RE represents crop water use and is proportional to crop yield. In the map red and black colors point to serious water shortages and related yield losses.

18 Jun 2015 description

Lusaka, Zambia (ICRC) – Representatives from nine southern and central African countries are gathered in Lusaka for a two-day seminar, on 17 and 18 June; its aim is to promote adherence to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) amongst members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and to enable them to share best practices for passing domestic legislation to implement its provisions.

17 Jun 2015 description
  • Despite a recent improvement in rainfall, dryness has persisted over parts of West Africa.

  • Below-average rainfall observed in northwestern Ethiopia and central South Sudan since the start of the season.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rain has adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.

12 Jun 2015 description

Author: Manowe Motsaathebe

Refugees must go back home when conditions that forced them into Botswana are no longer prevalent in their countries, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security, Mr Shaw Kgathi has said.

Addressing Central District councillors on Tuesday (June 9), he said Zimbabwean refugees had to go back home, arguing that the civil strife that forced them to seek asylum in Botswana was no more.

10 Jun 2015 description
  • Abnormal dryness has settled in across West Africa due to insufficient rains since the start of the season.

  • Seasonal rains continue in Eastern Africa.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rains had adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belgproducing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season had already ended, recovery is unlikely.

04 Jun 2015 description

National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) coordinator, Ms Grace Muzila, says the agency is working round the clock to resuscitate some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that closed shop due to loss of donor support when Botswana attained middle income status.

Submitting before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday (June 2), she said NACA had since devised a strategy to source funds from different organisations, including the private sector, to support NGOs that made a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

03 Jun 2015 description

- The onset of the rainy season has been sluggish over West Africa, but an increase in rainfall is expected during the next week.

1) An uneven distribution of the March-May rains had adversely impacted crops and ground conditions over the SNNP, central and Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia, eastern Eritrea, and Djibouti. As the March-May season has already ended, recovery is unlikely.

30 May 2015 description

Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.

The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.