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09 Feb 2017 description

Armyworm outbreak in several countries may affect maize production levels

Key Messages

  • In January, areas in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Lesotho continued to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes where humanitarian assistance coverage is very low and needs are high. During this peak lean period, there is the possibility for some isolated households to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes. In Madagascar and Malawi, area outcomes have improved to Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) because of ongoing assistance.

07 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters over Save River in Mozambique as observed from the Radarsat-2 images acquired on 22 January 2017 and 05 February 2017. A decrease of surface waters was observed in the 05 February 2017 image compared to the 22 January 2017 image along the Save river. The surface waters decrease is about 15%. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

06 Feb 2017 description

Author: Emmy Simmons

Project Director: Kimberly Flowers

A REPORT OF THE CSIS GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY PROJECT

Executive Summary

Sharp rises in global food prices in 2007/08 jolted global political leaders out of any complacency they might have had regarding the future of food and agriculture. Street demonstrations and food riots broke out in more than 40 countries across the world, provoking unrest and violence in several places.

06 Feb 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected flood waters around Chimuara city, Zambezia province, Mozambique as observed from the Radarsat-2 image acquired on 05 February 2017 and Sentinel-1 image acquired on11 December 2014. A relative stability of surface water extent was observed in the 05 February 2017 image compared to the 11 December 2014 image. It is likely that flood waters have been systematically underestimated along highly vegetated areas along main river banks and within built-up urban areas because of the special characteristics of the satellite data used.

06 Feb 2017 description

New pest poses novel threat to region reeling from effects of consecutive droughts

3 February 2017, Harare – A fall armyworm outbreak, the first emergence of the pest in southern Africa, is causing considerable crop damage in some countries. If the pest damage aggravates, it could dampen prospects for good crop harvests that is anticipated in the current farming season. Maize, a staple food in the region has been the most affected, as well as other cereals including sorghum, millet and wheat.

04 Feb 2017 description

Lighter, but well distributed rains received 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.

04 Feb 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.
EWEA enables FAO to act early before disasters have happened and to mitigate or even prevent their impact. By lessening damages to livelihoods and protecting assets and investments, FAO can help local livelihoods become more resilient to threats and crises.

03 Feb 2017 description

The importance of detecting type 2 polioviruses ‘post-switch’

3 February 2017 – In April 2016, the type 2 poliovirus component of trivalent oral polio vaccine (OPV) was successfully removed from routine immunization programmes around the world, through the globally-synchronized switch from trivalent to bivalent OPV (containing only type 1 and 3 serotypes). Since then, surveillance for type 2 polioviruses from any source globally has been intensified. Why is this important? And how significant is the detection of type 2 strain in a post-switch world?

03 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP’s El Niño response scales up to reach one million people in December.

  • Additional contributions from China, Finland and Russia now allow WFP to continue providing rations to over 1 million people throughout the peak of the Lean Season (January to March), but still below the 1.9 million people target.

  • Over the last month, an additional 645 people have fled clashes in Mozambique and are now hosted in the Tongogara Refugee Camp.

Operational Updates

03 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Mozambique is now entering the peak of the lean season, the period leading up to the next harvest in March/April.

  • WFP has scaled up its ongoing El Niño drought response. In December, WFP reached a total 629,612 people, while working to enhance the resilience to climate shocks in the longer term.

02 Feb 2017 description

Welcome to the February issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published on the ACLED website.

02 Feb 2017 description
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El Nino 2015-2016 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.
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Disaster associated with El Nino in 1997-1998, 2002-2003 or 2009-2010 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.

02 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • With support from the World Bank, an informal settlement in Maputo now has new drainage systems, paved access roads, new recreational spaces, and improvements in solid waste collection

  • An estimated 40,000 residents directly benefited from the upgrades, including 2000 primary school children whose school has been totally rehabilitated

  • Improvements have also led to increased property tax revenue and local businesses have grown to include more than 800 people, mostly women

01 Feb 2017 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 Feb 2017 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 Feb 2017 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, regional staple food production during the 2016/17 marketing year was similar to 2015/16 and well above average. International rice and wheat imports continue to support regional market supplies. Markets remained disrupted throughout the Lake Chad Basin. The depreciation of the Naira has led to price increases across Nigeria. A recent ban on Nigerian grain exports has had uneven impacts on trade flows along Nigeria’s long and porous borders.

01 Feb 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October to December).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

01 Feb 2017 description

The outbreak in Soyo, North West Angola has now spread to Cabinda; the Angolan enclave north of the Congo river (see map), with a total of 146 cases reported between 13 December 2016 and 18 January 2017 (latest Government Bulletin). The Ministry of Health has activated the Cholera prevention Commission (Comissão de luta contra o cólera), and have produced a national strategic epidemic response plan on 09 January 2017. This lays down responsibilities at all levels from National to municipal authorities.