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21 Apr 2016 description

Lubumbashi, DR Congo | AFP | Thursday 4/21/2016 - 10:47 GMT

by Lucien Kahozi

Children are going to bed hungry in DR Congo's second city, their parents say, as food shortages caused by a severe drought in southern Africa drive up prices.

For Lubumbashi's two million plus people, who depend for almost all their staples on imports from nearby Zambia, the talk is all about the soaring price of maize flour -- and the shortage of this basic food.

15 Apr 2016 description
report African Union

By Justice Lucy Asuagbor, Commissioner, Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women in Africa


11 Apr 2016 description


  • 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

04 Apr 2016 description

Saurimo - Angolan Families, returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia, received on Sunday, miscellaneous goods from the National Diamond Company (Endiama), as part of celebrations of the 14th anniversary of peace and national reconciliation.

Among the delivered goods, it includes rice, cooking oil, salt, beans, soft drinks, dried fish, maize flour, soap, juice and materials for the practice of agriculture, among others.

01 Apr 2016 description


  • Since the Secretary-General of the UN as well as the African Union High-level Delegation convened consultations with stakeholders involved in the crisis, little progress has been achieved in ensuring inclusive and transparent negotiations between members of the opposition and the Government.

28 Mar 2016 description


  • 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.

22 Mar 2016 description
report WaterAid


Presque tous les jours, l’eau fait les gros titres quelque part dans le monde. Sécheresses, inondations et pollution sont en manchette à mesure que l’eau devient la ressource essentielle la plus précieuse et la plus âprement contestée.

22 Mar 2016 description
report WaterAid

Water: At What Cost? Our latest report reveals the state of the world's water

Our new report, launched to mark World Water Day 2016, reveals that the poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water – and calls on governments to act now for universal access.

21 Mar 2016 description
report UN Security Council


7653rd Meeting (AM)
Security Council
Meetings Coverage

Secretary-General Launches Regional Strategic Framework as Members Hear from United Nations, African Union World Bank Officials

19 Mar 2016 description


 South Africa is estimated to produce 7 million tonnes in the 2015-16 harvest, a 3.8 million tonne shortfall compared to the 2014-15 harvest. The shortfall is expected to have important repercussions on food security levels in 2016 across the whole of southern Africa (USDA, 2016).

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.