The SADC says the 2014/15 rainfall season was generally poor in most parts of the region, with prolonged dry spells in some parts and both floods and prolonged dry spells in other parts resulting in an unsatisfactory overall food security situation for the 2015/16 marketing year.
Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the SADC Secretariat, Mrs. Margaret Nyirenda, said this during a media briefing held on 14th August 2015 at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) ahead of the 35th Ordinary Summit for Heads of States in Botswana.
A cholera outbreak in Tanzania is affected the areas of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Iringa and Pwani. As of 30 August 2015, there have been 459 cases and 9 deaths in Dar es Salaam, 69 cases and 5 deaths in Morogoro, 2 cases in Iringa and 16 cases and 1 death in Pwani.
August 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Kashmir, Lebanon, Nepal, Yemen
- Improved situations
Guinea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka
September 2015 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
Colombia/Venezuela, Guatemala, Iraq, Nepal, Yemen
Conflict resolution opportunities
Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015
Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.
The current Malagasy Migratory Locust plague began in April 2012. Rice, other crops and pasture resources for livestock were at risk of considerable damage by the locust plague, which could have had a significant negative impact on domestic supply and grain prices. In view of the scale of the plague, it was estimated that the food security of 13 million people (60 percent of the population) could be affected without large-scale locust control operations.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Food security likely to deteriorate and result in an earlier lean season in southern districts
In Androy, Atsimo Andrefana and parts of Anosy Regions, an early exhaustion of food stocks, reduced coping capacity from the previous lean season, and unusually high staple food prices will likely result in Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes starting in August 2015. Where maize production was extremely low (Tsihombe and Ambovombe Districts), poor households will likely be in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) between September and December 2015.
Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015
Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.
Summary of WFP assistance:
This week, Pakistan will become the second polio-endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization system. More than half the global birth cohort is now receiving at least one dose of IPV through routine immunization systems as a result of the biggest globally synchronized vaccine introduction in history. Read more on the status of IPV introductions here.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
The preliminary results of the municipal elections were published by the National Election Independent Committee, with the HVM (the ruling party) winning 60% of municipalities hence the the majority. The TIM (former President Ravalomanana’s party) came second with approximately 17% of municipalities. The MAPAR (former High Transitional Authority President Rajoelina's party) won 10% of municipalities while independent candidates got 13% of municipalities.
Les opérations terrestres menées par la FAO dans le cadre de la campagne antiacridienne 2014/15 ont pris fin le 15 août 2015. En effet, la réussite de la deuxième campagne combinée aux conditions éco-météorologiques de l’hiver austral qui sont défavorables au développement du Criquet migrateur, font que la situation acridienne est actuellement calme : d’ailleurs, les équipes terrestres des ex-Bases 1 et 2 ont, lors de leurs prospections, observé de moins en moins de populations groupées et ont constaté une très nette diminution du nombre de signalisations reçues des populations rurales.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2016
11 August marked one full year without a case of wild poliovirus confirmed on the African continent for the first time in history. Six weeks are required for all remaining samples in the laboratory to be processed and confirmed negative for poliovirus before there can be more confidence in a polio-free year in Africa.