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18 Aug 2017 description

Parts of central semiarid areas likely to be in Crisis during the lean season

KEY MESSAGES

16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • During the first half of 2017, 369,042 children were screened for acute malnutrition and 23,631 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children were treated with UNICEF support.

  • UNICEF supported 8,050 conflict returnees from Malawi, living in a camp in Tete, with 1,610 hygiene kits and the construction of 130 emergency latrines in collaboration with National Institute for Disaster Management -Tete

  • 7,500 children were assisted with temporary learning spaces through the construction of TARPA Tents in Inhambane

16 Aug 2017 description

More than 9 million people already displaced globally in 2017

August 2017 (Geneva)

Conflict, violence and disasters have caused more than 9 million new internal displacements globally in the first half of 2017, according to new estimates released today by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. The countries with the highest new internal displacement by conflict are:

14 Aug 2017 description
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Forward

Education unlocks the potential of young minds, and helps new generations realise their dreams for the future. However, we are facing a global education crisis. Millions of children are out of school, or in school but not learning. We must put education at the top of the agenda.

09 Aug 2017 description

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.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

NAMPULA CITY, Mozambique – “Some adolescent girls will leave school to marry for money,” 21-year-old Edma told UNFPA. “Some are engaging in unsafe sexual behaviours, unaware of the risks and their rights.”

Edma sees these realities every day.

And she has made it her mission to change things: She has become a mentor.

Every week, Edma meets with about 30 girls between 10 and 15 years old in the Namutequeliua neighbourhood of Nampula City, in northern Mozambique.

08 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Results of SMART surveys conducted, in seven livelihood zones, in May 2017 show a slight improvement in nutrition in Malawi, with Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence declining from 2.5 per cent in May 2016 to 2.2 per cent in May 2017. Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) also declined from 0.5 to 0.3 per cent in the same period.

08 Aug 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 12,323 people assisted under Health and Nutrition in June.

  • 9,258 refugees assisted in June.

Highlights

  • WFP supports the Government of Zimbabwe to develop a Home Grown School Feeding strategy for the country.

  • Productive Assets Creation programme scaled up from 7 districts in 2016, to 11 in 2017.

  • Seasonal Livelihood Programming extended to Matobo District, bringing the total number of Districts covered to 13.

08 Aug 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 2.1 million food insecure people

  • 175,233 (May), 119,979 (June) reached w ith FFA/ GFD

  • 59,430 (May), 98,337 (June) children received school meals

  • 8,715 (May)/25,929 (June) received nutrition support

Highlights

  • WFP gradually scales down the El Niño drought response as food security situation improves and enhances its focus on pro-resilience activities.

07 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Due to improved harvests, FEWS NET projects Minimal levels of food insecurity in Southern Africa through January 2018, with pockets of Stressed or Crisis levels in some countries

  • Relief actors provide targeted assistance to vulnerable populations to facilitate continued recovery

  • USAID/OFDA provides approximately $26 million in new funding to support cyclone- and drought-affected populations in the region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 Aug 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Little Progress as Regional Body Marks 25th Anniversary

(Johannesburg) –The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 19-20, 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa, for their 37th summit.

04 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

01 Aug 2017 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

01 Aug 2017 description

Maize, maize meal and rice are the most important food commodities for poor. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with maize meal most often used as a substitute. Rice is also used as alternate staple as it compete with maize meal and is important for all wealth groups particularly for the middle and better off. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region.

01 Aug 2017 description

Improved maize supplies trigger significant staple price declines in the region

KEY MESSAGES

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

FAO coordination of food and agriculture disaster risk reduction and management in Southern Africa

Target areas:

Southern Africa

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 500 000

Project code: OSRO/RAF/604/USA

Objective:

To contribute to reducing the risk of food and nutrition insecurity by building strong and resilient livelihoods among poor, rural farming households.

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Target areas:

Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: Brazil

Contribution: USD 2 888 407

Project code: OSRO/RAF/202/BRA

Objective: