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17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.

17 Dec 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia

16 Dec 2014 description

In the Invasion Area (mainly in the West), control operations started on the 17 October with the onset of the rainy season and the first breeding of the Malagasy Migratory Locust. Numerous localized hopper spots and bands were treated. The hopper populations having escaped treatments have formed some adult groups and swarms on the western side of the Invasion Area.

16 Dec 2014 description

Regional Overview

Angola: Rain leaves over 200 families homeless
Families are living in precarious housing conditions as result of the destruction of their homes by heavy rains that hit the central province of Bie in November 2014.

12 Dec 2014 description

Despite heavy rains in localized areas, rainfall deficits persist in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Low and poorlydistributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.

11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.

10 Dec 2014 description

- After several weeks of suppressed rains, good rains are forecast in eastern Southern Africa. - Little rains expected in Eastern Africa.

1) Low and poorly-distributed seasonal OctoberDecember, Deyr, rains have led to moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits have persisted over many localized areas.

10 Dec 2014 description

By Riana Ravoala

Thanks to the generous support of UKAid through the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is able to assist the Malagasy Government in improving its national preparedness and response to cyclones.

09 Dec 2014 description

Regional Overview

Mozambique:

Concern about malnutrition rates at IDP Camp

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has raised concerns about malnutrition levels at an IDP camp in Gorongosa.

Madagascar:

05 Dec 2014 description

Main conclusions and recommendations

In Madagascar an outbreak of plague has been evolving since 31 August 2014; as of 16 November 2014, 40 people have died from the disease.

05 Dec 2014 description

Heavy rains may lead to flooding, landslides in Central America; early season dryness continues in Southern Africa

  1. Low and poorly distributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness some dryness, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.

04 Dec 2014 description
  • In the north of Madagascar, supplementary immunization activities are planned for December in response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus. National Immunization Days are planned for January. The aim is to boost immunity across the country against all strains of poliovirus using trivalent oral polio vaccine.

  • For the first time ever, only 1 case of wild poliovirus has been reported in Africa in the last 4 months. The case had onset of paralysis on 11 August in Somalia.

01 Dec 2014 description

Key Messages

In West Africa, staple food markets were well supplied in October with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

29 Nov 2014 description

Locally-produced rice (riz Gasy) is the most important staple food for households in northern and central Madagascar. Dried cassava is the primary staple food in the south, although it is consumed in other parts of the country when household food stocks are low.

28 Nov 2014 description

A US$4 million project to strengthen controls of food security threats and better manage plant and animal pests and diseases in the Southern African region was launched today in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare.

The project is funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund’s (ASTF), a unique initiative for mobilising resources ‘from Africa for Africa’ and administered by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

28 Nov 2014 description

Le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé, mercredi 26 Novembre 2014 à Abidjan, deux prêts d’un montant global d’environ 59 millions de dollars américains (USD) pour contribuer au financement de la deuxième phase du Projet de Réhabilitation et d’Extension du Périmètre de Bas-Mangoky (PRPBM II), dans la région Sud-Ouest de Madagascar.