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30 May 2016 description

In Numbers

679,437 rural people affected

All 10 districts affected

477,000 people in need of immediate food assistance

4,000 cash-transfer (households)


  • The results by the Lesotho Vulnerability Committee (LVAC) shows that 679,437 rural people affected by the El Niño drought are in need of livelihood and food assistance.

  • WFP is appealing for financial assistance to implement its wider response programme targeting 263,000 people in the worst affected areas.

27 May 2016 description

Press Release

(26th May 2016) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon which is affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

24 May 2016 description


60 MILLION people affected globally at present.

32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.

10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.

50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.


24 May 2016 description


  • A total of 4,000 families most affected by the El Niño drought received their second tranche of M 1,020 (USD 65) worth of assistance in April. WFP is providing assistance to 20,000 people most affected by the drought in Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek districts.

  • WFP is providing technical assistance in the collection of data for the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC). Results will inform longer-term interventions. A nutrition assessment is also underway and results will be incorporated into the LVAC.

20 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • UNICEF is contributing to an ongoing Vulnerability Assessment that will provide data on the magnitude and locations of malnutrition cases countrywide, and will identify water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs among the affected population.

19 May 2016 description


  • Lesotho continues to face a drought crisis. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on the population are set to continue and worsen until at least April 2017.

  • Below normal rainfall has continued in Lesotho with forecasts predicting this is likely to persist until June 2016.

17 May 2016 description


  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

17 May 2016 description

Johannesburg, 17 May 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced a major, 110 million Swiss franc, four year initiative to support National Red Cross Societies respond to the drought that is affecting millions of people across southern Africa. The initiative will increase Red Cross relief activities significantly, alongside an important expansion of long-term efforts to strengthen the resilience of 1 million vulnerable people.

14 May 2016 description


12 May 2016 description

The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.

06 May 2016 description


  • Onset of rains in late February unlikely to improve harvest yields in the region

  • Food security to deteriorate further due to agricultural deficits, high food prices, and eroded household finances

  • USAID/FFP contributes an additional $24 million to drought response activities in Madagascar and Zimbabwe


05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa

Key Messages

30 Apr 2016 description
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Food insecurity to persist during the post-harvest period


29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7


# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

27 Apr 2016 description


• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.