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02 Dec 2016 description

In the rural villages of Mozambique, smallholder farmers are planting and harvesting more soybeans. The potential benefits of this protein-rich crop are promising: Soybeans hold the key to significantly improve nutrition in Mozambique, a country with one of the highest levels of chronic malnutrition in Africa.

02 Dec 2016 description

MAPUTO - The Irish Government today announced a contribution of EUR 1.5 million to support emergency operations by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Mozambique, where 1.4 million people are unable to meet their food needs due to an El Niño-induced drought.

Ireland’s contribution comes as WFP is scaling up assistance to reach 700,000 people with life-saving support, as needs culminate during the hunger season in the coming 2-3 months.

01 Dec 2016 description

Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016

01 Dec 2016 description

Food insecurity to worsen as the lean season peaks and ongoing assistance is still below needs

Key Messages

01 Dec 2016 description

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.

01 Dec 2016 description

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.

01 Dec 2016 description

Insufficient and uneven rainfall exacerbates ground conditions in East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has occurred in western Mauritania. Ground control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Poor early season precipitation has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

30 Nov 2016 description

The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.

30 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2016 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The season started slowly in some areas.

  • During September to November, wetter than normal areas spread over the central and western Angola, eastern Botswana, north-eastern South Africa, northern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

  • Seasonally average conditions occurred across north -western DRC, north and west of Tanzania, Madagascar and south Mozambique.

DJF2016/17 RAINFALL UPDATE OUTLOOK SUMMARY

29 Nov 2016 description
report Germanwatch

Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2015 and 1996 to 2015

27 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2016 estimated 4 percent down from previous year, but still remains above average, reflecting negative impact of El Niño-associated drought

  • Tighter cereal supplies and depreciation of Mozambican metical puts strong upward pressure on food prices

  • Food security worsens significantly in 2016 on account of reduced harvest and higher food prices, further exacerbated in some central provinces due to localized conflict

25 Nov 2016 description

By Rhea Bhardwaj (Humanitarian Capacity Development Manager) and Timothy Cohen (Emergency Support Officer). November, 2016

The number, scale and severity of humanitarian crises is posing a big challenge to the international humanitarian system’s capacity to respond. The number of crisis-affected people dependant on humanitarian aid is growing as is the funding gap. At the forefront of the response are local organisations who are amongst the first ones to respond, have better knowledge of the context and better acceptance from the crisis affected communities.

25 Nov 2016 description

Brussels/Lilongwe, 25 November 2016

As Southern Africa enters the critical lean season, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Malawi to visit EU humanitarian aid projects that help communities deal with the effects of prolonged drought. Commissioner Stylianides is meeting President Peter Mutharika before visiting Chikwawa and Zomba districts where nutrition and food assistance is provided to particularly vulnerable households.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • Zambia has approved maize exports and initiated a series of convoys carrying maize from last year’s harvest to support people in need in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. To date, 30,000 mt has been exported.

  • The balance for export, 39,000 mt, is expected to be completed by December 2016, ahead of the rainy season. The Government of Zambia, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), continues to provide support to WFP’s humanitarian maize export operation.

WFP Assistance

24 Nov 2016 description

The next harvest is not due until March/April, forcing some to eat vital seed stocks, sell possessions and eat fewer meals

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More funds are urgently needed for a worsening hunger crisis in drought-hit southern Africa that is expected to peak early next year and already affects 39 million people, forcing some to eat seeds and pull children out of school, aid agencies said.

22 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malnutrition screening and treatment efforts ongoing in drought-affected areas of Madagascar

  • Rainy and planting seasons commence in parts of the Southern Africa region

  • USAID/OFDA prioritizes agricultural interventions to increase access to seeds and other key inputs

KEY DEVELOPMENTS