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27 Mar 2015 description

Poor rainfall performance suggests below-average crop production likely

Key Messages

  • Stable food prices, peaking of green consumption, start of main harvest with associated labor opportunities, and ongoing safety-net programming are expected to ensure sufficient food access for most households, resulting in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes from March to June 2015.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

23 Mar 2015 description

Regional Overview

Malawi
According to a recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) assessment, an estimated 615,837 people will need assistance for 2 to 5 months from March 2015 onwards, requiring an equivalent of 23,750 tons of maize.

The main air operations of the Logistics Cluster for the flood response will cease today, 23 March. Roads to previously isolated areas are re-opening.

13 Mar 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

11 Mar 2015 description

DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.

•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

28 Feb 2015 description

Main harvest and associated agricultural labor to improve food access

KEY MESSAGES

  • According to the latest GIEWS food price data, prices remain high and are at their peak as the lean season continues. The high retail prices for imported maize and limited incomes are constraining poor households’ ability to adequately meet livelihood needs. Poor rural households across the country will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) in February.

27 Feb 2015 description

Lesotho Emergency and Resilience Programme (ERP), implemented by FAO and the Government of Lesotho since 2012, has been retained as Finalist in the “Expo Milano 2015 Call for Best Sustainable Development Practices (BSDP)”. The BSDP is a competition organised by the Universal Exposition taking place in Milan (Italy) from 1st of May to 31st of October 2015 having as a theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”.

24 Feb 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

WFP remains committed to the two strategic priorities under its 2012-2017 Country Strategy:

a) Enhancing Resilience and Responsiveness to Food Security Shocks.

24 Feb 2015 description

Regional Overview

Malawi
As of 22 Feb, 24 cholera cases have been confirmed in Malawi, with 2 new cases since 19 Feb; the new cases were recorded at health centres, not displacement sites.

Mozambique
Heavy rains and floods have to date affected 177,645 people (37,090 households) in Mozambique. New heavy rains continue to add to the total affected.

16 Feb 2015 description

Due to a late onset of rains in most of the region, continued rainfall is needed until April

Key Messages

13 Feb 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

07 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL

  • The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
    Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.

  • Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;

03 Feb 2015 description

The African Development Bank (AfDB) reiterated on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Addis Ababa, its commitment to mobilize additional resources for the Kigali Action Plan. This Plan aims to provide clean water and sanitation to 5 million people in the ten least-developed African countries in this area.

03 Feb 2015 description

La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a réitéré, jeudi 29 janvier 2015 à Addis-Abeba, son engagement à mobiliser des ressources supplémentaires en faveur du Plan d’action de Kigali. Ce Plan entend fournir de l’eau potable et des services d’assainissement à 5 millions de personnes dans les dix pays africains les moins avancés dans ce domaine.