By Obi Anyadike
Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor
NAIROBI, 20 January 2017
Africa, the world’s poorest continent, faces many security challenges. But its leaders are not slow to intervene in crises when they can, as Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia is now discovering.
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• UNICEF, the World Bank and the Ministry of Social Development disbursed the third tranche of the Cash Grant Top-up to 85,443 children (53% were girls) in 28,481 households, providing unconditional emergency support to families with children negatively affected by food insecurity and other drought related deprivations.
Higher use of negative livelihoods coping strategies among households headed by women
Twice as many rural households have poor food consumption than urban households
Food insecurity increasing among households who buy food
Maize meal prices continued to fall in November but remain higher than last year
Prices for wheat flour and pulses remain stable
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JULY 2017
Rains improved in many areas that were affected by severe drought last season
Poor rains have been received in Tanzania and parts of Madagascar, with likely impacts on crop production in affected areas
An armyworm outbreak has affected the region, with reports of outbreaks in Zambia,
Zimbabwe and Malawi. The outbreak in Zambia is particularly severe
Southern Africa has been hit by its worst drought in 35 years. An estimated 32 million people are food insecure.
Poverty is expected to rise, jeopardizing decades of hard-won developmental gains in the region.
Cash transfers have become the primary response to support the recovery of disaster-affected population.
By Andrea Vermehren, Lead Social Protection Specialist working in the Africa region
‘Market estimates for South Africa’s 2016/17 total maize production vary between 11.7 million tons and 13.0 million tons, which is well above the previous season’s output of 7.5 million tons. If this materializes, South Africa would return to be a net exporter of maize as domestic annual consumption is just 10.5 million tons’– Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za.) '
OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2016 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
Since late November, the southern African summer monsoon has continued to be dominated by a dipole pattern: with suppressed rainfall in the northeastern parts of the region and Island of Madagascar, and enhanced rainfall in the southern parts of contiguous SADC.
Some significant above-normal rainfalls conditions were observed last past 30 days, across portions of northwestern DRC, west and south of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and south Mozambique.
This report provides a summary of changes to regional maize availability estimates and markets in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (countries monitored by FEWS NET in southern Africa) as well as South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and Swaziland. It updates FEWS NET’s Regional Maize Supply and Market Outlook Report published in August 2016.
Total people in need:16.1 million
Total children (< 18) in need: 5.2 million
Total people to be reached in 2017: 7.2 million
Total children to be reached in 2017: 3.8 million
Casual labor opportunities increase, but labor wages are expected to remain below normal
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected to continue in Lesotho during this lean season, in the absence of humanitarian assistance. This is due to the compounding effects of one of the worst droughts in Lesotho’s recent history. Affected households continue to face limited food access, small consumption gaps, and do not have the capacity to cope with such a severe situation.
This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.
WFP is scaling up cash and food distributions for the peak of the lean season (January-March) However, WFP’s combined portfolio has a significant funding gap and contributions are needed for all activities to take place.
According to Mobile Vulnerability Analysis Mapping (mVam), commodity markets continue to function normally with food commodities available.
Rainy season continues in Southern Africa
UN revises RIASCO plan due to increasing lean season needs in Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe
WFP anticipates break in the emergency food assistance pipeline in Madagascar
As the food crisis reaches peak intensity, WFP requires funds urgently to scale-up necessary food assistance.
WFP and its partners have successfully increased the number of people reached with food assistance in recent months, resources have not been sufficient to provide full food rations for all activities.
Should additional funds become available immediately, WFP has preparedness measures in place to move food commodities promptly to assist vulnerable populations before food insecurity deteriorates further.
El Niño in East Africa
This report is the latest release by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) of its estimates of the economic impact of violence and conflict on the global economy. It provides an empirical basis to calculate the potential additional economic benefits from improvements in peace. Estimates of the economic impact of violence are provided for 163 countries and independent territories representing 99.5 per cent of the global economy and population.