Cérémonie d’ouverture de l’ Atelier de Réflexion pour la mise en œuvre d’un Plan de Relèvement et Résilience face à la sécheresse dans le Grand Sud de Madagascar
Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes Antanimora, 23 juin 2016
The south of Madagascar has been experiencing a prolonged drought reinforced by the effects of El Niño. This has left 1.1 million people from seven districts food insecure, including 665,000 severely food insecure.
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USAID contributes an additional $52 million for drought response activities in Southern Africa
Drought and climate change in Madagascar
By Will Worley
ANDROY, 21 June 2016
Drought-prone southern Madagascar is facing yet another food emergency this year. An unusually strong El Niño season means the rains have failed once more. Prices in local markets have skyrocketed, leaving more than 665,000 people in urgent need of food aid.
What is El Niño?
El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.
Concern about the effects of this year’s El Nino weather pattern on food production grew to alarm in recent months, raising the prospect of a widespread and serious food crisis. According to the UN food and agriculture agencies in Rome, the weather pattern was exacerbating already dry conditions into a persistent drought, particularly across southern Africa. We needed to bring attention to an impending emergency.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2016
L’ étude cartographique des institutions de médiation pour les forces armées dans les pays francophones d’Afrique sub-saharienne est un projet initié sous l’égide de l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) en collaboration avec le Centre pour le contrôle démocratique des forces armées – Genève (DCAF) dans le cadre du programme de l’OIF « Apporter un appui au maintien et à la consolidation de la paix ».
This mapping study project on ombuds institutions for the armed forces in francophone countries in sub-Saharan Africa draws on extensive research undertaken as part of a previous OIF-DCAF research project in 2013 entitled “Ombuds Institutions for the Armed Forces in Francophone Africa: Burkina Faso, Burundi and Senegal”.
BEKILY, Madagascar, Jun 14 2016 (IPS) - Havasoa Philomene did not have any maize when the harvesting season kicked off at the end of May since like many in the Greater South of Madagascar, she had already boiled and eaten all her seeds due to the ongoing drought.
Posted by Dina Esposito on Friday, June 10th 2016
Because of its slow onset, Southern Africa’s drought may not be headline news. But its impacts are being felt by millions. At least 12.8 million people in Southern Africa will face crisis levels of food insecurity by the end of this year.
Madagascar has been especially hard hit. About 80 percent of the population in the country’s seven southern districts—665,000 people—are in need of emergency food assistance.
Due to the latest deterioration of the humanitarian situation since March 2016, the humanitarian response has started effectively in April 2016.
A 12-month humanitarian response plan (April 2016 to April 2017) has been jointly developed by all humanitarian actors; and a recovery plan linked to longterm drought mitigation will be developed in order to establish good foundations and effective linkages to longer term development.
The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño remains deeply alarming, now affecting over 60 million people. Central America, East Africa (particularly Ethiopia), the Pacific and Southern Africa remain the most affected regions. The El Niño phenomenon is now in decline, but projections indicate the situation will worsen throughout at least the end of the year, with food insecurity caused primarily by drought not likely to peak before December. Therefore, the humanitarian impacts will last well into 2017 .
by Katie Nguyen | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 2 June 2016 07:00 GMT
BESAKOA, Madagascar, June 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Most days, Hitasoa ignores breakfast and lunch. She is too busy finding enough money to buy food for dinner - and even that is a challenge in Madagascar's dry south, where the worst drought in 35 years has wiped out the maize crop.
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