The SADC says the 2014/15 rainfall season was generally poor in most parts of the region, with prolonged dry spells in some parts and both floods and prolonged dry spells in other parts resulting in an unsatisfactory overall food security situation for the 2015/16 marketing year.
Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the SADC Secretariat, Mrs. Margaret Nyirenda, said this during a media briefing held on 14th August 2015 at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) ahead of the 35th Ordinary Summit for Heads of States in Botswana.
A cholera outbreak in Tanzania is affected the areas of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Iringa and Pwani. As of 30 August 2015, there have been 459 cases and 9 deaths in Dar es Salaam, 69 cases and 5 deaths in Morogoro, 2 cases in Iringa and 16 cases and 1 death in Pwani.
Localized Stressed food insecurity to persist with the start of the lean season
Depletion of own stocks, limited income opportunities and increases in staple food prices will likely result in poor households facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in localized areas. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected in most of Lesotho through December.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
On 19 August the SADC Double Troika reaffirmed the current terms of reference for the SADC Commission of Inquiry into the death of army chief Mahao, stating that the TORs are broad enough to accommodate the issues raised by the Government and opposition parties.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
The preliminary results of the municipal elections were published by the National Election Independent Committee, with the HVM (the ruling party) winning 60% of municipalities hence the the majority. The TIM (former President Ravalomanana’s party) came second with approximately 17% of municipalities. The MAPAR (former High Transitional Authority President Rajoelina's party) won 10% of municipalities while independent candidates got 13% of municipalities.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2016
Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Working alongside public health and other systems, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV.
Summary of WFP Assistance:
Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.
Recent ECHO missions to Zimbabwe, Malawi and Lesotho have confirmed the critical regional food security situation that has been compromised by erratic 2014/2015 rainfall and early cessation of rains. According to the Vulnerability Assessment 2015 report, the aggregate regional maize shortfall amounts to 6.5 million MT.
Regional maize supplies in southern Africa are expected to be below average over the remainder of the 2015/16 marketing year (Figure 1). Every country in the region is expected to have a deficit , except South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania , which will have below - average exportable surpluses. As regional maize production is not adequate to meet requirements , large and atypical supply gaps are likely .
The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.
Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity likely in select districts
In this issue:
Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus
Pakistan: Getting Back on Track
Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities
· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.
· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.
· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.
By Jonathan Fowler
YAOUNDE, 22 July 2015 – African governments have begun sketching out a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global pact that seeks to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.
On the eve of a key ministerial gathering in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, experts from across the continent probed ways to make sure that Africa’s disaster risk reduction dovetails with the Sendai Framework.