The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.
THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM
The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Food production fell in 2015
Inflation rate falls below levels of previous year
About 40 percent of Mauritius’ surface is used for cultivation, of which roughly 90 percent is sugarcane, with the remaining land planted with tea, tobacco and a few food crops.
Food crop production declined in 2015
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 16 June 2016
Support for resilience and to promote state and peace building in Somalia expected to be one of the key announcements during the European Development Days today
Today is the second and final day of the European Development Days (EDDs) - Europe's leading forum on development and international cooperation.
Nigeria and Kenya get poor marks in new survey
By Obi Anyadike
Public approval in Nigeria and Kenya for their governments’ handling of jihadist violence is low, and citizens have a poor opinion of the security forces that are supposed to protect them, according to a survey-based report released this week by Afrobarometer, a pan-African research network.
Rome, le 26 mai 2016 – La République de Maurice et le Fonds international des Nations Unies pour le développement agricole (FIDA) ont signé aujourd'hui un accord d'Assistance technique remboursable (ATR) pour le développement du secteur des semences du pays; une première étape importante pour accroître la production des cultures vivrières et pour la sécurité alimentaire des communautés locales.
Rome, 26 May 2016 – The Republic of Mauritius and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a Reimbursable Technical Assistance (RTA) agreement today to develop the country’s seed sector, an important first step to increasing food production and food security for local communities.
The agreement was signed in Port Louis by Mahen Kumar Seeruttun, Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security of Mauritius, and by Sana F.K. Jatta, Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Division of IFAD.
Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.
The current rainfall season has been the driest in the last 35 years across several parts of the Southern Africa Region. Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons have significantly impacted crop and livestock production, cereal prices, water availability, and livelihoods.
Food and nutrition security in the region also remains extremely fragile, with the situation expected to worsen. Overall, 28 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity.
• TC FANTALA formed over the south-western Indian Ocean on 11 April. It then moved west, intensifying. It passed near the island of Farquhar on 17 April at 6.00 UTC with max. sustained wind speed of 241 km/h and on 19 April at 18.00 UTC with max. sustained wind speed of 157 km/h, causing damage. On 21 April at 6.00 UTC its centre was located approx. 230 km southwest of the Agalega islands (Mauritius) and 640 km northeast of Madagascar and it had max. sustained wind speed of 167 km/h.
Donors and Southern African governments must act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously in responding to the South African Development Community’s (SADC) announcement of a regional drought emergency triggered by El Nino, warn Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE.
In a statement this week, SADC Council has approved a ‘Declaration of the Regional Drought Disaster’. Approximately 28-30 million people in Southern Africa now face severe levels of hunger and food insecurity. If no action is taken, that number could rise quickly to 49 million.
- A new Tropical Cyclone, DAYA, formed over the south-western Indian Ocean between Madagascar and La Reunion on 10 February and started moving south, slightly strengthening.
- Heavy rains affected eastern Madagascar, as well as the islands of La Reunion and Mauritius over the last few days. Approx. 100 mm of rain in 24 h were observed in Saint-Denis (La Reunion) and 111 mm in Vacoas (Mauritius) over 9-10 February. In the island of Mauritius, according to local media, several homes and roads were flooded, especially in the northern areas, displacing hundreds of people.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
This research report draws on empirical case studies on the mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) to provide insights into the experience of low and middle-income countries in Asia. Most case studies are based on reviews and assessments done by international organisations such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The region is extremely vulnerable to weather hazards such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and strong winds.
There is lack of resilience and coping mechanisms to the climate-related shocks, which results in heavy social and economic consequences for the population. Improving the local communities' resilience capacities remains central to the EU’s humanitarian assistance.
Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.
Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S.