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27 May 2016 description

Press Release

(26th May 2016) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon which is affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

26 May 2016 description


Durant la 2ème décade de janvier 2016, selon les relevés du Centre national antiacridien et en fonction des besoins du Criquet migrateur malgache solitaire, la pluviosité n’était favorable que dans l’Aire grégarigène transitoire Est, l’Aire de multiplication initiale Nord et l’Aire transitoire de multiplication Centre. Elle était souvent excédentaire dans l’Aire grégarigène transitoire des compartiments Nord et Centre ainsi que dans l’Aire de multiplication initiale du compartiment Centre et déficitaire à nulle dans l’Aire de densation Nord et Sud.

24 May 2016 description


60 MILLION people affected globally at present.

32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.

10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.

50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.


24 May 2016 description


By the end of 2015, strong progress continued towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives. The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, with fewer cases in fewer areas of fewer countries than at any time in the past. The virus is now more geographically constrained than at any point in history. As the GPEI enters 2016, it is more important than ever to redouble efforts to eradicate poliovirus in every corner of the globe.

17 May 2016 description

Due to the growing world population, it is estimated that global food production will need to increase by 60 percent to feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050. Worldwide, the livelihood of 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture. These small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest-dependent communities generate more than half of the global agricultural production and are particularly at risk from disasters that destroy or damage harvests, equipment, supplies, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food.

17 May 2016 description


  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

14 May 2016 description

Essentielle pour favoriser les investissements agricoles, la sécurisation des droits fonciers des agriculteurs va être facilitée par le programme d'appui à la réforme et à la sécurisation foncière, lancé officiellement aujourd'hui par le Premier ministre.

2 régions, 75 communes et 25 000 agriculteurs concernés

La sécurisation des droits fonciers des exploitants agricoles est essentielle car elle répond à trois enjeux : favoriser les investissements agricoles, promouvoir la décentralisation et faciliter la résolution des litiges locaux.

14 May 2016 description


12 May 2016 description

The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.

12 May 2016 description

Le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon et son épouse ont visité mercredi le Conseil de Développement d’Andohatapenaka (CDA). Ils ont tenu à rencontrer des communautés vulnérables des quartiers défavorisés d’Antananarivo avant de quitter Madagascar. Six ministres, membres du gouvernement de Madagascar ont accompagné cette visite.

11 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

11 mai 2016 – En visite à Madagascar, le Secrétaire général de l'ONU, Ban Ki-moon, a encouragé mercredi les autorités malgaches à instaurer un climat de confiance, de liberté et d'équité et a réitéré le soutien de l'ONU pour relever les nombreux défis auxquels est confronté le pays, notamment la malnutrition.

11 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

11 May 2016 – During his visit to Madagascar today, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Malagasy parliamentarians to end the corruption that has weakened their society, while launching a report on the cost of hunger in the island nation.

11 May 2016 description

Le coût de la malnutrition pour Madagascar : Evidence issue de l’Etude sur le Coût de la Faim

  • L’étude sur le Coût de la faim (CDFA) est une initiative africaine, à travers la commission de l’Union africaine (CUA) et du Nouveau partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique (NEPAD) avec l’appui du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA).

11 May 2016 description

11 mai 2016 (Antananarivo) –Lors de son discours devant le Parlement, le Secrétaire Général de l'Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU), Ban Ki-moon, a exprimé son inquiétude à propos de la situation préoccupante de la malnutrition à Madagascar, où presque 1 sur 2 enfants (47 pourcent) de moins de cinq ans à Madagascar est affecté par un retard de croissance dû à la malnutrition, et environ 9 pour cent des enfants de moins de 5 ans sur l’ensemble du pays souffrent de la malnutrition aigüe.

11 May 2016 description

Complete crop failure of main season crops in parts of the South

Key Messages

  • Although average to above-average rainfall was observed in March, poor rainfall during most of rainy season has resulted in very poor crop production levels with some complete crop failures across most of Androy region, as well below-average rainfed crop production in the western part of the country. Drought condition will likely lead to below-average cassava and off season harvest as well.

10 May 2016 description
  • From the 17 April to the 1 May, 155 countries and territories participated in the historic trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine switch, withdrawing the type two component of the vaccine to protect future generations against circulating vaccine derived polioviruses. Track the switch live.

06 May 2016 description


  • Onset of rains in late February unlikely to improve harvest yields in the region

  • Food security to deteriorate further due to agricultural deficits, high food prices, and eroded household finances

  • USAID/FFP contributes an additional $24 million to drought response activities in Madagascar and Zimbabwe