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08 Dec 2016 description
report World Bank

World Bank approves $20 million for social assistance programs

WASHINGTON, December 6, 2016 – Lesotho’s drought response efforts got a boost today following the approval of $20 million in additional financing by the World Bank Group Board of Executive Directors. The added funds will help the Government of Lesotho improve the shock responsive function of its ongoing social assistance programs as parts of its emergency response to the El Nino drought.

08 Dec 2016 description

Mejoran las perspectivas agrícolas mundiales, pero las temporadas de carestía acechan en un futuro inmediato

8 de diciembre de 2016, Roma - Los conflictos civiles y el impacto de una meteorología adversa han afectado gravemente a la seguridad alimentaria en 2016, aumentando el número de países que necesitan ayuda alimentaria, según un informe de la FAO. La nueva edición de Perspectivas de cosechas y situación alimentaria, publicada hoy, subraya que 39 países necesitan de ayuda externa para conseguir alimentos.

08 Dec 2016 description

Les perspectives agricoles mondiales s’améliorent malgré la menace de saisons maigres dans un futur proche

08 Dec 2016 description

Ongoing conflicts continue to intensify food insecurity

Global agricultural prospects are improving but lean seasons loom in near future

8 December 2016, Rome - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, according to a FAO report. The new edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report, released today, highlights 39 countries that are in need of external assistance for food.

05 Dec 2016 description

Key points:

  • The average prices for maize meal and wheat flour remained stable over September and October

  • Prices for pulses were also stable in October in most districts.

  • Households are relying more on vegetables from their own production rather than purchasing them.

Methodology

01 Dec 2016 description

Food insecurity to worsen as the lean season peaks and ongoing assistance is still below needs

Key Messages

01 Dec 2016 description

Food insecurity to worsen as the lean season peaks and ongoing assistance is still below needs

Key Messages

  • The peak of the lean season has begun a few months earlier than normal and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes will continue in Lesotho throughout the peak period due to below normal off-season incomes, below average wage rates for agricultural labor, as well as high food prices. Very poor and poor households across Lesotho are the most affected.

30 Nov 2016 description

The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.

30 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2016 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The season started slowly in some areas.

  • During September to November, wetter than normal areas spread over the central and western Angola, eastern Botswana, north-eastern South Africa, northern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

  • Seasonally average conditions occurred across north -western DRC, north and west of Tanzania, Madagascar and south Mozambique.

DJF2016/17 RAINFALL UPDATE OUTLOOK SUMMARY

27 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable rainfall forecast for 2016/17 cropping season

  • Cereal production declined significantly in 2016 on account of El Niño-related drought conditions

  • Maize meal retail prices declined, but still remained above their year-earlier levels

  • Food security conditions worsen in 2016 reflecting impact of drought, with just under 0.5 million people requiring emergency assistance

Above-average rainfall conditions forecast for 2016/17 cropping season

25 Nov 2016 description

Brussels/Lilongwe, 25 November 2016

As Southern Africa enters the critical lean season, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Malawi to visit EU humanitarian aid projects that help communities deal with the effects of prolonged drought. Commissioner Stylianides is meeting President Peter Mutharika before visiting Chikwawa and Zomba districts where nutrition and food assistance is provided to particularly vulnerable households.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • Targeting is about to be completed in five districts as WFP expands food and cash assistance through the peak of the lean season.

  • WFP has introduced e-cards on a pilot basis for cash based transfers.

Operational Updates

22 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malnutrition screening and treatment efforts ongoing in drought-affected areas of Madagascar

  • Rainy and planting seasons commence in parts of the Southern Africa region

  • USAID/OFDA prioritizes agricultural interventions to increase access to seeds and other key inputs

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • Timely rains commenced in South Africa, Swaziland and eastern Botswana, resulting in planting in some areas and slight improvement in dam levels

  • Slow and erratic onset of rains was observed in northern parts of the region, and an improvement is expected by late November to early December

  • Shortfalls in commercial maize seed availability and farmers’ reduced purchasing power may negatively affect harvest prospects in several countries if unaddressed

Regional Summary

17 Nov 2016 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.

14 Nov 2016 description

Highlights:

  • The International Grains Council (IGC) maintained South Africa’s 2016/17 maize production estimate of 12.9 million tons, which is 72% higher than the 2015/16 crop (Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za).)

14 Nov 2016 description

State of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in the Southern African Development Community

1. Introduction

1.1 Background