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Madagascar + 12 others
Southern Africa: Malnutrition Snapshot (as of July 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW: MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition levels, particularly stunting levels, in the southern Africa region are very high, as is reflected in child nutritional status. All the countries in the region have stunting levels that are of concern, above the 20% World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for stunting.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Madagascar + 4 others
Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 15 - 21 July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional:
At the SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis meeting in early July, the following information was presented:

  • For the 11 countries for which crop production data was available, cereal harvest increased by 15 per cent from 33.5 million tons in 2013 to 38.7 million tons in 2014. This is also 20 per cent above the five-year average.

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 + 31 others
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report

Introduction

  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

Financial Status

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Malawi + 14 others
Southern Africa Humanitarian Bulletin: Issue 16, July 2014

The region is characterized by high levels of vulnerability but recent momentum around the resilience-building agenda in Lesotho and Malawi shows great promise.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Malawi + 7 others
Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, July 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. Commonly used by planners and researchers to forecast likely events, this methodology takes a set of informed assumptions about the future and compares their possible effects. Scenario development cannot predict exact outcomes but it structures the analysis and helps minimize uncertainty. This report, developed by FEWS NET analysts based on current evidence, outlines assumptions at the regional level.

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Burundi + 9 others
AU, AfDB Ink Agreement for Improved Access to Rural Water Supply and Sanitation for 5 Million People

The Government of Rwanda, spearheading an African Union-led initiative, and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have signed an agreement aimed at providing at least EUR 50 million (approx. USD 70 million) within an Africa-wide resource mobilization initiative. The initiative will finance improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene in Africa. The agreement was signed on the fringes of the 23rd AU Summit held from 26-27 June 2014 In Malabo (Equatorial Guinea).

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World + 18 others
Irish Aid Annual Report 2013: Delivering real changes in the lives of some of the poorest people and communities in the world

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Minister Costello highlights results at the launch of the Irish Aid Annual Report

Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, TD, today launched the 2013 Irish Aid Annual Report, which sets out the results achieved by Ireland’s international development programme, Irish Aid.

Speaking at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, Minister Costello said:

“2013 was a significant year for Irish Aid and the Irish people can be proud of what their overseas development aid programme has achieved.

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World + 33 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 2, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for 2014 global cereal production improve further with upward revisions to coarse grains and wheat forecasts, contributing to an enhanced cereal supply outlook for 2014/15.

  • International prices of wheat and maize dropped in June, reflecting favourable production prospects, while rice export quotations increased slightly. Cereal export prices were overall lower than their year earlier levels.

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FAO promotes conservation agriculture in Lesotho through three year programme

In response to the 2012 food insecurity crisis in Lesotho, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS) designed a three-year cycle programme to assist 18 500 households with agricultural inputs and know-how on agricultural technologies helping communities to adapt to climate change, building their resilience to better withstand future shocks.

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report June 2014

Food access to remain stable throughout the country

Key Messages

  • Household own stocks from own production, stable food prices, and normal access to income will contribute to households accessing adequate food sources through typical sources, resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC phase 1) throughout the country.

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World + 15 others
IOM Regional Strategy for Southern Africa 2014-2016

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IOM Strategy Responds to Complex Migration Challenges in Southern Africa

Southern Africa experiences all types of movements such as mixed and irregular migration, labour migration and forced migration, including displacement due to conflict and natural disasters. These migration flows involve over four million economically active persons, and an additional unspecified number of undocumented migrants, including many vulnerable populations such as women and children.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 37 others
Global May 2014 Price Watch and Annex

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, 2013/14 grain harvests were near-average in the Sahel and trade flows and market supplies were average in March. Below-average production in Mauritania, eastern Niger, and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Rice imports from international markets contributed food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Lesotho Remote Monitoring Report - May 2014

Key Messages

Harvesting of cereals has started, increasing household access of food to own production resulting in Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1) throughout the country.

The cropping season has generally been favorable throughout the country, with localized constraints associated with late state of season in central, southern parts of the country and early frosting the Mountains and Northern lowlands livelihood zones. The outlook is for above-average production. The Lesotho Bureau of Statistics will release the crop assessment report in coming June.

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Angola + 9 others
Food Security and Nutrition Working Group Update - May 2014

Regional Update (updated 16 of May 2014)

Despite an erratic and delayed start of season, the overall regional perspective reflects that the 2014/15 consumption season in terms of cereals supplies is much better than last year’s with bumper harvests being recorded in Zambia, South Africa and an improvement in Zimbabwe compared to last season.Malawi and Mozambique are expecting good production despite late onset of rains and localized mid-season dryness. Angola and Namibia were more negatively affected by adverse weather conditions during the season.

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World + 5 others
Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention: Improving Quality, Efficiency, Cost Effectiveness, and Demand for Services during an Accelerated Scale-up

New research highlights progress in HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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World + 45 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 April – 6 May

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 40 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 23 - April 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 19% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 1% compared to the previous quarter.

• Nominal prices of maize (-31%), wheat (-8%) and rice (-23%) are significantly below a year ago due to strong supplies.

• Real prices2 of maize are up by 5% since the last quarter of 2013 given a surge in demand and high trade forecasts against comfortable stock levels after 2013 record crops.