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29 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 1.82 million people were affected by floods or storms and at least 539 people lost their lives during the 2014/2015 Southern Africa rainfall season.

  • Extremely heavy rains over Malawi and Mozambique displaced 230,000 and 68,000 people respectively.

  • In Madagascar, Tropical Storm Chedza alone affected 123,225 people

27 May 2015 description
  • Beneficial rainfall in the driest regions of Ethiopia and Djibouti; little rainfall for eastern areas of the Horn of Africa.

  • Moisture surpluses emerge in far western portions of the Western Africa region, while deficits remain to the east.

26 May 2015 description

DURBAN, South Africa, May 26 (UNHCR) – Approximately 1,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees who sought new lives in South Africa are turning to the UN refugee agency for help, after xenophobic violence forced them to flee their homes last month.

26 May 2015 description
report AlertNet

By Chris Arsenault

ROME, May 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mozambique is mulling a plan to lease 240,000 hectares of prime farmland to investors to grow crops for export, threatening to displace more than 100,000 local residents, activists and academics said, citing a leaked document.

Read the full article on AlertNet

24 May 2015 description

Stressed and Crisis Acute food insecurity outcomes expected due to below-average harvests

KEY MESSAGES

23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

21 May 2015 description

When Eric Muraguri noticed women collecting chicken byproduct parts outside a Nairobi poultry processing plant where he worked, he decided to start a service to provide safe and affordable protein to some of Kenya’s poorest people.

At the time, Muraguri was working at the largest poultry company in East Africa. Today he is the founder of Chicken Choice, with nine shops, or “bandas,” across Kenya supplying affordable chicken products suitable for human consumption. Muraguri’s target market comprises mainly women and children, who are the most vulnerable to malnutrition.

21 May 2015 description

his post was written by Dr. Richard Mkandawire, the Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP). He previously helped lead the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), an innovative framework for agricultural development established by African nations and leaders. He is a member of the Malawi Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy, as well as the National Development Council of Malawi.

20 May 2015 description
  • Most of the greater Horn of Africa observed a decrease in rainfall over the previous week.
  • Early season rainfall remains below normal for portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

19 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Madagascar
There is a 26% (US$ 4 Million) short fall for the second phase of the anti-locust campaign in Madagascar. The last IDP site in Antananarivo is confirmed closed.

Malawi
Camps in Phalombe, Mulanje and Zomba districts are reportedly closed but Nsanje and Chikwawa some IDP’s remain in camps.

18 May 2015 description

Meet Edna Possolo, the previous Department Head for Nutrition in Mozambique’s Ministry of Health and now a scholar in the Borlaug Higher Education for Research and Development Program, implemented by Michigan State University and supported by USAID under the Feed the Future initiative.

15 May 2015 description

Mozambique - IOM is helping around 10,000 displaced families build new homes in Zambezia province by supplying them with shelter tools. Many families lost their homes, crops and possessions when devastating flooding hit the province in early January.

IOM has partnered with Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe to distribute 2,000 shelter tool kits and 6,500 solar lamps this month to communities in Zambezia. Each kit will be shared between five families and includes hammers, shovels, handsaws and rope.

15 May 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

  2. Seasonally above-average rainfall, combined with heavy rainfall forecast across eastern Ethiopia and Somalia, is expected to increase the risk for localized flooding along the Jubba and Shabelle River basins in Somalia.

14 May 2015 description

In January 2015, extremely heavy rains and floods displaced 230,000 people in Malawi, and 50,000 people in Mozambique. In response, United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos approved US$10.9 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support humanitarian partners assisting thousands of families.

Read the full story on OCHA

14 May 2015 description

Offal is often rejected by wealthier consumers, but these are parts of the animal that are affordable and also offer a vital source of protein, iron and zinc for low-income households.

In central Mozambique’s Manica province, dried fish retails at 55MZN (£1) per kg, and chicken at 100MZN (£1.85). Fifth-quarter meat, on the other hand, costs just an average of 27MZN (£0.50).

14 May 2015 description

Alastair is a logistics expert. He’s been working with us at WFP for almost 20 years in some of the most challenging emergency responses – from organizing the delivery of food aid in countries rocked by civil war, cyclones, earthquakes and floods to navigating the obstacles of providing humanitarian assistance during the Ebola Response.

A New Challenge

13 May 2015 description
  • The first substantial rains in many weeks across rift valley regions of Ethiopia this past week may benefit grazing activities and water resources.

  • Rainfall becomes more seasonably well distributed across portions of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

13 May 2015 description

Article 1

  1. A maximum amount of EUR 5 000 000 for the financing of humanitarian actions in Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique from budget article 23 02 01 of the 2015 general budget of the European Union is hereby approved.

  2. The humanitarian actions shall be implemented in order to improve the humanitarian situation of vulnerable people affected by weather inducted disasters in Malawi, Madagascar and Mozambique through the provision of integrated relief and early recovery assistance.