Seasonal rains begin slowly in the southern and central areas
Food security outcomes projected in the October Outlook are still valid and no significant changes are expected. While a mild lean season continues, the majority of rural households are able to meet their basic food needs by expanding their typical livelihood strategies. Minimal food insecurity outcomes (IPC Phase 1) continue throughout the country.
November 28, 2014 / 63(47);1104-1107
E. Kainne Dokubo, MD1, Annabel Baddeley, MPH2, Ishani Pathmanathan, MD1, William Coggin, MSA3, Jacqueline Firth, MD4, Haileyesus Getahun, MD, PhD2, Jonathan Kaplan, MD1, Anand Date, MD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)
Scattered moderate to heavy rains observed in southern Somalia and eastern Kenya.
Below-average rains persist in central Angola, southern Zambia, and eastern South Africa.
1) Low and poorly distributed seasonal “Deyr” rains have led to strengthening moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas in southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits have persisted over many localized areas.
By Sam Olukoya
LAGOS, Nigeria, Nov 21 2014 (IPS) - Two years ago, Shola* was kicked out of the family house in Abeokuta, in southwestern Nigeria, after testing HIV-positive at age 13. He was living with his father, his stepmother and their seven children.
“The stepmother insisted that Shola must go because he is likely to infect her children,” Tayo Akinpelu, programme director of Youth’s Future Savers Initiative, told IPS.
This month’s issue focuses on rebel violence in central Africa’s DR-Congo, on-going and escalating volatility in Libya, prospects of peace in Mali as talks continue apace in Algeria, and a review of electoral violence in Mozambique. A special focus topic highlights the dynamics, uses and patterns of remote violence such as that involving IEDs and landmines on the continent.
Food security in southern Africa relies upon small-scale agriculture, a sector in which women take the lead. However, smallholder farmers are among the most vulnerable people to food insecurity, often lacking the resources and access needed to produce or procure adequate food. The effects of climate change exacerbate their vulnerability, which further compromises the food security of the entire region.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
• Near-average rains in southern provinces at start of 2014/15 cropping season (October/June)
• Maize production in 2014 recovered from last year’s reduced level
• Prices of maize remain stable and below last year’s levels, reflecting larger supplies in 2014
• Food security conditions improved with good maize harvest
NEW YORK, 19 novembre 2014 – La lenteur des progrès dans l’assainissement et la pratique courante de la défécation à l’air libre par des millions de personnes du monde entier continuent de poser un danger pour les enfants et leurs communautés, a averti l’UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale des toilettes.
NEW YORK, 19 November 2014 – Slow progress on sanitation and the entrenched practice of open defecation among millions around the world continue to put children and their communities at risk, UNICEF warned on World Toilet Day.
Some 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have adequate toilets and among them 1 billion defecate in the open – in fields, bushes, or bodies of water – putting them, and especially children, in danger of deadly faecal-oral diseases like diarrhoea.
Mozambique’s National Demining Institute (IND) on 6 November formally concluded mine clearance in the southern province of Inhambane.
Over the past 16 years, 6.5 million square metres in the province has been cleared of land mines, and released for productive activities. 570 land mines and other items of unexploded ordnance were destroyed over this period, and 12,000 munitions of various calibres were removed.
NUEVA YORK, 19 de noviembre de 2014 – La lentitud del progreso mundial en materia de saneamiento, así como la práctica profundamente arraigada de la defecación al aire libre por parte de millones de personas, siguen constituyendo graves peligros para los niños y sus comunidades, advirtió UNICEF con ocasión del Día Mundial del Retrete.
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.
MAPUTO/XINAVANE/XIA XIA, MOZAMBIQUE—With more than half of the population illiterate and its people speaking more than 40 local languages, Mozambique faces colossal challenges in disseminating health information to its population. As the country rolls out new national health campaigns, communication experts are becoming savvier about how they reach Mozambicans.
Washington, United States | AFP | Friday 11/14/2014 - 01:40 GMT
by Jo Biddle
In the coming weeks, Mozambique, once one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, will mark a historic milestone and proudly declare itself free of the deadly scourge.
Gone will be the deep-seated fear of generations in the southeast African nation that one wrong step could spell disaster.
The impacts of climate change in Africa will be significant and long-term. Long-lived infrastructure and development planning are likely to be particularly affected. Factoring climate change into their design and implementation is, therefore, vital to development outcomes. Yet we know very little about how long-term climate information is used in African decision-making.
Rainfall prospects are optimistic for the start of the 2014/15 agricultural season
Despite a small increase in moisture during the last week, many areas in the Greater Horn remain anomalously dry.
Suppressed seasonal rains lead to strengthening moisture deficits across several regions in southern Africa.
On 3 November riots broke out in several areas of the capital Lusaka. The protests were against the dismissal of the ruling Patriotic Front’s (PF) secretary-general, Edgar Lungu, by interim President Guy Scott, the acting leader until elections take place.
As the rainy season starts, the Government of Mozambique is preparing for the possibility of floods and has set aside US$32 million of its national budget to deal with the possibility of flooding.
Angola - IOM Angola this week organized a three-day workshop on Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) for 25 disaster management officials from Angola’s Civil Protection Service and Ministry of Social Assistance.
The aim of the workshop was to explore how to address the displacement of people by natural disasters; the roles and responsibilities in managing a camp; the protection of the most vulnerable; the participation of communities; and recovery strategies and solutions for displaced people, in line with international CCCM standards.