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Zimbabwe + 13 others
SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014

JANUARY– MARCH 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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Namibia + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 27 – April 2, 2014

A decrease in rainfall has been recorded over Southern Africa during the past week.

A favorable start of the March-May season has been observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

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World + 15 others
Regional food security and water in SADC: The potential for sectoral-synergies within CAADP for the implementation of the SADC Regional Agricultural Policy

Executive Summary

About this study

The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) was established by the Assembly of the African Union (AU) in 2003. The Programme’s main aim is to raise agricultural productivity by at least 6% per year while increasing public investment in agriculture to 10% of the annual national budgets. Following an initial focus on interventions at the national level, there is growing awareness of the need to work more on the regional dimensions of the CAADP.

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World + 14 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) 21 March 2014, vol. 89, 12 (pp. 117–132) [EN/FR]

Contents

117 Vaccine-derived polioviruses detected worldwide, July 2012–December 2013

127 Combined use of inactivated and oral poliovirus vaccines in a large-scale campaign in refugee camps and host communities – Kenya, December 2013

Sommaire

117 Poliovirus dérivés de souches vaccinales détectés dans le monde, juillet 2012-décembre 2013

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World + 23 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary March 21-27, 2014

Rains maintain flooding and ground saturation risks throughout southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

1.Heavy rains over the past several weeks have destroyed houses, damaged infrastructure, and displaced local residents over the Kitwe region of north-central Zambia. Moderate to heavy rains forecast during the next week could maintain elevated risks for localized flooding over many areas of the region.

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Angola + 13 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook March 20 – March 26, 2014

  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Widespread and above-average rains fell across the Greater Horn of Africa during the past week.

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World + 36 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 1, March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO’s forecasts for global cereal production, consumption, trade and stocks in 2013/14 have all been raised since February, with overall supply conditions significantly improved compared to the previous season.

  • Export prices of wheat rose in February mainly on concerns about the 2014 winter wheat crop in the United States. Prices of maize also increased, supported by strong domestic and export demand for feed and industrial use. Overall, however, cereal export prices remained below their year-earlier levels.

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Malawi + 3 others
Japanese Contributions Help Vulnerable Malawian Families As Well As Refugees

Lilongwe - The Government of Japan has renewed its commitment to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), contributing a total of US$2.1 million in support of the most food-insecure and vulnerable people in Malawi, including refugees.

According to the November 2013 Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee, more than 1.85 million people do not have enough to eat following a poor harvest caused by bad weather. The high price of maize in 2013, Malawi’s staple food, is also placing pressure on food-insecure families.

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World + 10 others
Malaria: High risk focused in 10 African countries

02/19/2014 23:30 GMT

PARIS, February 19, 2014 (AFP) - Gains in fighting malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have left the highest risk for the disease concentrated in 10 countries, according to a study published on Wednesday by The Lancet medical journal.

Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Togo together account for 87 percent of areas that have the highest prevalence of malaria, it said.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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EU and UNICEF boost their partnership to improve child and maternal health and to save more children - Joint press release

Urgent aid to the Central African Republic also discussed at UNICEF Executive Board meeting

NEW YORK, 4 February 2014 – The European Union announced today that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

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Communiqué de presse commun - L’UE et l’UNICEF renforcent leur partenariat pour améliorer la santé des enfants et des mères et pour sauver plus d’enfants

La question d’une aide humanitaire d’urgence pour la République centrafricaine a également été discutée lors de la réunion du Conseil d’administration de l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 février 2014 – L’Union européenne a annoncé aujourd’hui l’octroi de 320 millions d’euros (431 millions de dollars É.-U.) par l’intermédiaire de l’UNICEF pour améliorer la santé et l’alimentation des enfants et des femmes dans quinze pays en développement et pour permettre d’accélérer les progrès vers la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

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World + 45 others
CERF 2013 Summary

Member States and the private sector contributed $474 million to CERF for 2013—the highest-ever annual total. An additional $6.7 million was pledged and remains outstanding.

CERF received more than $502 million in contributions during 2013, including payments for 2012 and early funding for 2014. See table on the right for more details.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 45 others
CERF Quarterly Update - October-December 2013

CERF and its partners were challenged by a series of large, complex crises in the Central African Republic, the Philippines, Syria and Yemen, affecting 35 million people.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.

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Mozambique + 12 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook January 30 – February 5, 2014

A seasonable distribution of precipitation was received throughout much of southern Africa during the last week.

1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December have also led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.

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Kenya + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 13, January 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in southern Africa, as well as a large number of irregular migrants.

  • South Africa remains the recipient of the highest annual number of asylum applications worldwide, with 82,000 applications in 2012.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Zimbabwe + 10 others
SADC Regional DRR Update - Volume 2, 10 January 2014

Highlights

− Rainfall performance improved significantly in December 2013

− Sowing rains received in all major grain producing areas by end of December

− Improvement in vegetation conditions observed in many parts of the region

− Food situation likely to get worse in Zimbabwe as authorities battle to address food shortages

− River levels rise in the Zambezi basin, but remain below alert levels

− Cholera outbreak in Northern Namibia

− Diarrhoeal diseases claim dozens of lives in Zimbabwe

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Kenya + 12 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook January 2 – January 8, 2014

 Heavy rains are expected in eastern Southern Africa, increasing risks for localized flooding during the next outlook period.

1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October-December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.