Poor harvest in the South results in an early start to the lean season
As a result of an El Niño driven drought that affected the 2015/2016 agricultural season, main and off-season harvests were well below-average or failed, depending on the crop and zone, in parts of southern Madagascar including Tsihombe, Ambovombe, the southern part of Amboasary, Beloha, Bekily, Ampanihy coastal, and Betioky Atsimo.
The 2015-16 El Niño event has resulted in the worst drought in much of southern Africa in 35 years. is has had a catastrophic e ect on the food security of millions of people across the region. Beyond a food security crisis, the region has wider humanitarian needs that result from water scarcity, including impacts on access to water and sanitation, education, health services and livelihoods.
Après trois jours de riches échanges avec plus de 120 représentants des communautés et des acteurs locaux des sept districts les plus affectés par la crise humanitaire dans les régions de l’Androy, de l’Atsimo Andrefana, et de l’Anosy, l’atelier d’élaboration du plan de relèvement et de résilience face à la sècheresse du Sud s’est terminé jeudi à Ambovombe. Il s’inscrivait dans la suite de la consultation nationale menée en février 2016.
27 juillet 2016 – De retour de mission à Madagascar et au Malawi, la Sous-Secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, Kyung-Wha Kang, a insisté mercredi lors d'une conférence de presse à New York sur la gravité de la crise humanitaire dans ces deux pays.
« Durant ma mission au Malawi et à Madagascar, il était clair que les conditions liées à El Nino ont aggravé les vulnérabilités, entraînant de graves pénuries alimentaires », a dit Mme Kang lors de cette conférence de presse.
Au moins 109 millions de dollars nécessaires pour fournir des semences et des intrants agricoles et pour rendre de nombreux autres services.
28 juillet 2016, Rome - Avant que ne commence les préparations du sol pour la campagne principale dans quelques semaines, près de 23 millions de personnes en Afrique australe ont besoin d'une aide urgente pour produire suffisamment afin de se nourrir et d'éviter d'être dépendants de l'aide humanitaire jusqu'à la mi-2018, a indiqué aujourd'hui la FAO.
At least $109 million is urgently required for the provision of seeds and other agricultural inputs and services
28 July 2016, Rome - With only a few weeks before land preparation begins for the next main cropping season, some 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves and thus avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid 2018, FAO said today.
Thank you for joining me today.
I have just returned from visiting Madagascar and Malawi, where I saw first-hand the impact of the devastating and widespread drought on Southern Africa.
Before that, I took part in a key donor meeting on 14 July in London, on the effects of El Niño in Southern Africa. The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people.
Botswana is the latest country to declare a State of Emergency due to the ongoing drought, joining Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additionally, eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, typically accounting for 90 percent of the country’s maize production, have been declared drought disaster areas.
WFP is significantly scaling-up food & nutrition programming to reach 11.9 million people, undertake technical analysis and provide supply-chain capacity support to national and regional action.
The Southern African Development Community declared a Regional Disaster and launched an Appeal amounting to U$2.4 billion to support the humanitarian needs and disaster response recovery of millions of people affected by the El- Niño-induced drought in the region. The declaring of the Regional Disaster and the launch of the Appeal was announced today the 26th of July 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, by His Excellency Lt. General Dr.
- 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
- ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
- USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region
- Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
In Southern Africa, the effects of the 2015/16 El Niño event continue to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agropastoralists. Two, and in some cases three, consecutive seasons of drought and poor harvests have particularly hit vulnerable families, as prices of staple foods have risen and their own production fallen. Lack of water and pasture has also severely constrained livestock production. Almost 40 million people are expected to face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season (late 2016/early 2017).
Tuesday 26 July 2016
Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal
As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.
(Antananarivo, 22 July 2016) Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.
Madagascar’s southern region has been experiencing a prolonged drought which has been reinforced by the effects of El Niño. This has left 1.1 million people food insecure, including 665,000 severely food insecure, in seven districts.
◾TC ABELA continued moving west-southwest over the south-west Indian Ocean remaining a Tropical Storm. On 19 July at 06.00 UTC its center was located approx. 690 km north-northeast of La Reunion (France) and it had max. sustained winds speed of 83 km/h (Tropical Storm).
◾Over the next 24 h it is forecast to continue moving south-west slighly weakening but still remaining a Tropical Storm. It may move near the north-eastern coast of Madagascar over 20-21 July. Heavy rain and strong winds may affect north-eastern parts of Madagascar.