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Mozambique opposition MDM party rejects disputed vote

10/19/2014 - 14:49 GMT

A Mozambican opposition party which came third in presidential and legislative polls said Sunday it rejected the results and would mount a legal challenge.

Partial results from Wednesday's polls saw the Mozambique Democratic Movement (MDM) leader, Daviz Simango, trailing a distant third to the ruling Frelimo's presidential candidate Filipe Nyusi and Afonso Dhlakama from the main opposition Renamo.

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Humanitarian Assistance in Review Southern Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Mozambique opposition Renamo rejects election results

10/16/2014 - 18:12 GMT

by Susan NJANJI / Jinty JACKSON

Mozambique's main opposition party Renamo on Thursday claimed victory in the country's election, rejecting official tallies that appeared to show the ruling Frelimo party on course for a landslide victory.

"We are not accepting the results of these elections," party spokesman Antonio Muchanga said -- a move that raises the spectre of post-election violence.

"We can categorically say Renamo won these elections," Muchanga told a news conference.

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Rats Against Mines from Angola to Cambodia

They run, sniff and sense, though instead of cheese since they were little they were accustomed to TNT, the explosive used for anti-personnel mines. They are the giant African pouched rats, the light protagonists (weighing around 1.5kg, much less than the 5kg that would detonate the ordnances) of a mine clearing project that are helping communities devastated by war.

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For policy, suffer the little children of Mozambique

By Dr. Koenraad Vanormelingen, UNICEF Mozambique Representative

MAPUTO, 13 October 2014 - Mozambique needs to invest in its children if the resource curse is to be transformed into a mineral wealth dividend.

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

“I need more food, blankets, clothing, and support for schooling. I need more of everything”, says Melina*, who is in her late 70s. She fends for her three grandchildren, aged between two and 10, whose parents died in 2010.

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014

TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 3, October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The forecast for global cereal production in 2014 has been raised closer to last year’s record, which is expected to boost inventories to a multi-year high.

  • Export prices of wheat and maize decreased further in September to multiyear lows, driven by expectations of large global supplies in 2014/15. Even rice prices, which had been rising in previous months, fell in September.

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IOM Mozambique concludes a two-week registration campaign for disaster response and recovery

In response to the flooding of 2013 and the subsequently displaced population of over 150,000 persons, the government of Mozambique established voluntary relocation sites for the most vulnerable districts in Gaza Province. These locations will offer refuge should the area be hit by another natural disaster.

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Bringing lifesaving HIV treatment closer to Mozambicans

New treatment sites reduce transportation costs, deaths

Oct. 2014—Access to lifesaving anti-retroviral treatment (ART) for HIV continues to be a major obstacle in Mozambique, where many rural clinics do not offer this service. Patients must travel long distances to health centers offering ART, incurring transportation costs to receive medicine and attend check-up visits. This leads to poor adherence to ART, withdrawal from treatment, and preventable deaths.

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CrisisWatch N°134 - 1 October 2014

The U.S. expanded its aerial campaign against Islamic State (IS) militants in late September with strikes in Syria’s north and east. The operation, which targets both IS and fighters linked to al-Qaeda’s central leadership and the affiliated group Jabhat al-Nusra, risks alienating other rebel groups in Syria and strengthening support for IS.

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Mozambique Price Bulletin September 2014

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.

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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (23rd to 29th September 2014)

Regional Overview

According to FEWSNET, regional cereal production estimates for 2013/14 show an increased availability by 17 per cent above last year and 19 per cent above the past five-year average. Cereal production is also 2 per cent above the regional annual requirements.

In Focus: Southern Africa Climate Outlook

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Mozambican parliament passes a new disaster management law

By Emebet Negussie

A quarter of Mozambique’s population lives at risk from natural disaster. The most frequent of such disasters are flooding, epidemics, cyclones and drought – the latter affecting the largest number of people. Consequently, Mozambique ranks third amongst African countries exposed to risks from multiple weather-related hazards.

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Rainfall Forecast for the 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

The Eighteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) was convened from 27 to 29 August 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2014/2015 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2014 to March 2015 were prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

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Mozambique Food Security Outlook Update September 2014

Minimal food insecurity outcomes to continue through December

Key Messages

The food security situation for the majority of rural households across the country is stable. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) outcomes are expected between September and December throughout the country, including semi-arid areas where by this time of the year poor households would have exhausted their food reserves. Because of satisfactory crop production this year, food still available at the household level in the semi-arid areas and the rest of the country.

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Mozambique: Vulnerability Assessments Committee Results 2014 (SETSAN)

Key Findings

Overall, in May the Food Security Nutrition (FSN) at country level has situation improved after the occurrence of shocks from December 2013 to March 2014 Based on recent field work, the FSN situation is:

  • Good in Maputo, Gaza, Manica, Zambezia, Nampula and Niassa provinces

  • Moderate in Inhambane and Cabo Delgado provinces

  • Worrisome in localized areas of Zumbu (Tete), Buzi and Gorongosa (Sofala) Muidumbi and Mecufi.

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Rebuilding peace in Mozambique

Blurb: Determined to keep a lasting peace in Mozambique after a recent ceasefire between the government and an opposition party, pastors and church leaders in Sofala Province met to strategize ways to strengthen their commitment to long-term peacebuilding in the province and the country.

By Jana Meyer

Sept. 23, 2014