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27 Feb 2017 description

Food insecurity and poverty pose major challenge to goal of ending hunger by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa

FAO report stresses need to increase agricultural productivity

24 February 2017, Freetown - Some 153 million people, representing about 26 percent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014-15, according to a new FAO report.

25 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Key Facts

This analysis suggests that:

  • The average direct annual loss from earthquake, floods, and tropical cyclones is approximately $100 million.

  • The 100-year return period loss from all perils is almost $830 million, or 8% of Madagascar's GDP.

  • The 250-year return period loss from all perils could be $1.2 billion, or nearly 12% od Madagascar's GDP.

23 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Floods triggered by Tropical Cyclone Dineo impact vulnerable populations in Mozambique, Zimbabwe

  • FAO convenes regional meeting on armyworm infestations

  • USAID partners continue to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs throughout Southern Africa

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Feb 2017 description

Food Assistance in Numbers

  • Over the three month peak of the crisis (January—March), WFP’s aims to reach more than 13 million people with food assistance in Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • In January, food assistance reached 10.6 million people in the seven countries.

Highlights

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Southern and central areas continued to receive well above average rains in January

  • Poor rainfall was received in western and north-eastern SADC and Madagascar

  • The Fall Armyworm has been confirmed in 7 countries in the region. The severity of the impact on regional crop production is yet to be established

  • Tropical cyclones Carlos and Dineo affected the region in early to mid-February. The impacts of Cyclone Dineo are severe, particularly in southern Mozambique

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Madagascar’s southern regions continue to endure the effects of a prolonged drought, aggravated by the effects of El Niño.

  • In January, despite operational challenges and access issues related to poor road conditions, WFP continued its drought emergency response to meet the increasing needs of disaster-affected communities through food and cash-based unconditional assistance and nutrition support.

20 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Good performance of the current growing season (October 2016 - April 2017) is badly needed for Southern Africa after two consecutive El Nino induced droughts that led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

• The growing season is now well established with favourable growing condition observed in most of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and NE South Africa. However, excessive rains have led to instances of localized flooding and higher incidence of pests and diseases.

20 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

NOVEMBER 2016 – JANUARY 2017 RAINFALL

  • The southern half of conti-nental SADC region has re-ceived normal to above-normal rainfall in the current rainfall season.

  • The northern and eastern parts of contiguous SADC are still under normal to below-normal rainfall conditions.

  • Above-normal rainfall was experienced over Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland.

17 Feb 2017 description

Following poor rainy seasons over the past years, the south of Madagascar is currently facing a major drought crisis, with the El Nino phenomenon worsening the situation. About 1.2 million Malagasy are enduring food insecurity today, of whom 900,000 are in urgent need of assistance - the highest number in a decade.

16 Feb 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2017

15 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Maize prices continued to increase in December in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices are very likely to remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. The two countries in the region with the maximum monitored maize market in ALPS Crisis were Malawi and (89% of its markets) and Mozambique (100% of its markets).

15 Feb 2017 description

The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 7 February 2017.

14 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

• Three districts remain classified as IPC Phase 4 (Emergency), with others in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).

• Pockets of high acute malnutrition persist, some above the WHO emergency threshold.

• Out of the 1.3 million people in IPC phases 1, 2, 3 and 4, still more than 1.1 million people (88%) remain in need of potable water.

• The rainfall season has commenced, except over Taolognaro.

12 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the past three years, the south of Madagascar has hardly seen a drop of rain.

  • 95% of harvests was lost and 1 million people are living in precarious food insecure situations.

  • A system of cash transfers is helping destitute households cover their basic needs and plan for future shocks.

10 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rainfall was widespread across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

09 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, CERF allocated US$ 295 million – approximately 67 per cent of annual global allocations – to support life-saving humanitarian activities across Africa. Over $166 million was allocated through CERF’s Rapid Response window to kick-start humanitarian operations in response to new or rapidly deteriorating emergencies, while nearly $129 million was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies window to help underfunded and neglected emergencies.

09 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of  8 February 2017

  • As the low season for poliovirus transmission continues, the first wild poliovirus case from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the calendar year 2017 is reported from Afghanistan. Wild poliovirus type 1 positive samples from 2017 had previously been reported from environmental samples in Pakistan. Both countries continue to intensify their eradication efforts to urgently interrupt any residual virus transmission.