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27 Mar 2015 description

25/03/2015

FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Madagascar’s Minister for Livestock, Anthèlme Ramparany, to discuss the progress in halting the locust plague that since 2012 has spread across Madagascar threatening the country’s main staple food crops and pasture areas.

“We reviewed our ongoing collaboration with FAO, the European Union and the World Bank against the locust plague that affects particularly the south of Madagascar where there is chronic hunger,” the Minister said in remarks made after the meeting.

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.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Mixed 2015 crop production prospects due to cyclone damage and extended dry spell in the south

  • Rice production in 2014 increased to about 4 million tonnes, partly recovering from last year’s sharply reduced output

  • Prices of rice increased seasonally, but remain below their year-earlier levels as of December 2014

  • Food security conditions aggravated in areas affected by cyclones, while dry conditions in south raise serious concerns over a third successive production decline

25 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.

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.
25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

24 Mar 2015 description

Nous remercions le gouvernement malgache pour sa participation au mécanisme de l’EPU. Nous demeurons préoccupées par l’insécurité humaine et les exécutions extrajudiciaires commises par les forces de l’ordre depuis 2012 notamment dans le sud de Madagascar riche en ressources minières.

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
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 150,000

Balance Requested: US$ 3,488

Geneva,3 March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

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.

23 Mar 2015 description

LOCUST SITUATION

In February 2015, the tropical storm Fundi has severely hit almost the entire western side of the Island, the Mahafaly plateau and the peneplain having been less affected. The strong winds associated with the storm resulted in the geographical redistribution of the populations of the Malagasy Migratory Locust and favored their displacements towards areas non-­‐ affected by the floods where the ecological and meteorological conditions were suitable for their breeding.

23 Mar 2015 description

Le gouvernement malgache a organisé mardi un atelier de sensibilisation des décideurs politiques dans l'objectif de faire avancer son processus de plan national d’adaptation (PNA) et renforcer la planification stratégique nationale pour préparer, répondre et s’adapter aux effets des changements climatiques à moyen et long termes, dans le contexte des inondations qui ont récemment sérieusement affecté le pays.

21 Mar 2015 description

Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  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 the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.

21 Mar 2015 description

Harvests, though delayed, to improve food access starting in April

KEY MESSAGES

  • A delayed start to the 2014/15 rainy season will likely result in harvests delayed by up to one month, likely extending the lean season through March in much of southwestern Madagascar. Select districts in Anosy, Androy, and Atsimo Andrefana are currently in Stressed (IPC Phase 2), although some households in these regions are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

20 Mar 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY

The WFP Madagascar Country Strategy Document (2015 – 2019) focuses on:

1) Providing emergency assistance to disaster-affected communities and increasing their resilience to shocks; strengthening national and communities’ capacity to manage risks;

2) Improving access to basic social services and safety nets through a school feeding programme and nutritional assistance; and 3) Strengthening access to markets for smallholder farmers.
WFP has been present in Madagascar since 1968.

19 Mar 2015 description

AN ONGOING LOCUST PLAGUE is threatening the livelihoods and food security of 13 million people in Madagascar.

The current Malagasy Migratory Locust plague started in April 2012, following a two-year upsurge that was not successfully addressed because of insufficient financial resources.

19 Mar 2015 description

Le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) poursuit son assistance aux familles affectées par les inondations et les glissements de terrain dans la capitale de Madagascar.

18 Mar 2015 description

By Volana Rarivoson

Nearly 200,00 people are facing hunger in southern Madagascar due to crop failure. The United Nations World Food Programme and its partners are providing much-needed assistance.

18 Mar 2015 description
  • Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.

  • Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.

1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.