The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa
Crisis outcomes extend to areas in the central region
Food access and availability will continue to be limited after the April and May harvest due to near-total crop failure in many areas of the south and expectations for a poor harvest in parts of the central region due to the El Niño-related drought. Labor availability is below normal, severely limiting incomes. With high staple prices, including maize grain 143 percent above the five-year average, purchasing power has fallen significantly.
The Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition’s report was released in March 2016 and presents a serious food security and nutrition situation in the country. The report shifts the severity of the situation from the southern provinces of Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane to the central provinces of Tete,
Manica, Sofala and Zambezia where the situation is reported to be much worse by comparison.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Date: 29 April 2016
Subjects: (1) Mozambique
In this issue
Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1
IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2
The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3
Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4
Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6
Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6
HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7
# of IDPs 11 m
# of refugees 3.4 m
United Nations strengthens its support to emergency response in Mozambique, after the activation of the red alert declared by the Government.
GLOBAL HEALTH IMPACTS
• Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016 are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.
• El Niño 2015-2016 is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 1,702,895 Swiss francs to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM) to reach 14,767 people (2,954 households) in 6 districts: Magude and Manhiça in Maputo province, Massingir and Chibuto in Gaza province and Funhaloro and Panda in Inhambane province. It aims to provide assistance over the next nine months with a focus on interventions on the sectors of food security (carried out through cash distributions) and livelihoods.
The current rainfall season has been the driest in the last 35 years across several parts of the Southern Africa Region. Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons have significantly impacted crop and livestock production, cereal prices, water availability, and livelihoods.
Food and nutrition security in the region also remains extremely fragile, with the situation expected to worsen. Overall, 28 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity.
WFP is bolstering its emergency response activities as the El Nino phenomenon looks set to have caused even worse harvest outcomes, affecting populations in the coming weeks and months. There are already an estimated 32 million food insecure people in the southern Africa region, largely as a result of drought which led to poor harvests last year.
The United Nations is strengthening its support to emergency response in Mozambique, after the activation of the red alert declared by the Government.