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28 Oct 2016 description

by Allison Floyd

Getting the most yield from a peanut crop has a lot to do with timing the harvest—not too early, not too late.

Emmanuel Zuza knows that peanuts don’t continue to get better with age, and he is working to show through his research how much yield farmers lose when they leave the crop in the ground too long.

27 Oct 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the third quarter of 2016 (July to September). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

26 Oct 2016 description

Only 2 out of 5 people in need will receive food security support with current funding levels.

24 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Mass screening for the drought response phase-2 have been rolled out in September; In September ten districts were able to conduct the activity, while due to some operational constraints other districts will conduct in October. During month of September 644,040 Children under five reached through mass screening drive while 17,700 children were referred to facilities for further investigations and admissions in to CMAM program. The mass screenings activities are being conducted through partnerships established by UNICEF and DNHA.

19 Oct 2016 description
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Jeunesse: le présent et l’avenir de l’agriculture

Un don de 4 millions de dollars du Fonds fiduciaire de solidarité africain vise à renforcer la création d’emplois dans ces pays

19 Oct 2016 description
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Youth: Present and Future of Agriculture

$4 million Africa Solidarity Trust Fund grant aims to help countries strengthen job creation

19 October 2016, Rome - FAO and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) have joined forces to increase job and business opportunities for young people in rural areas of Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger through a $4 million grant made available by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund.

18 Oct 2016 description

‘Malawi is on the brink of the most serious humanitarian crisis in its history. We have therefore reallocated around NOK 53 million to alleviate the acute need in the country,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

The crisis is due to poor harvests as a result of flooding and drought over the last two years. Around 6.5 million of the country’s 17 million people are affected by serious food shortages. It is expected that the number of people in need of assistance will increase in the time ahead.

18 Oct 2016 description

Humanitarian assistance improves the food security situation in Malawi and Zimbabwe

Key Messages

15 Oct 2016 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 (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( p), Similar ( u), or Lower ( q). 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.

14 Oct 2016 description

WFP is trying to ensure that food assistance reaches the poorest in Malawi by linking its emergency relief operations with the Government’s Social Cash Transfer Programme.

Climatic shocks have left Malawi suffering from its second meagre harvest in a row, triggering increased levels of acute food insecurity countrywide. To ensure assistance will reach the poorest in Malawi, WFP is linking its emergency assistance with the Government’s Social Cash Transfer Programme.

14 Oct 2016 description

Nominal maize prices sustained stability week‐on‐week in all the monitored markets during the first week of October but continue to remain unusually high compared to seasonal trends. The overall average nominal price of maize was MK225/ kg, similar to the price levels in the previous week and the first week of September. As shown in Figure 1, the highest district average prices per 1kg of maize were observed in Thyolo (MK260), Mulanje (MK255) and Phalombe (MK247), while the lowest average prices were recorded in Chitipa (MK177), Karonga (Mk190), Ntcheu (MK 190) and Ntchisi (MK194).

13 Oct 2016 description

WASHINGTON -- Today as leaders and experts from around the world gather in Des Moines, Iowa, for the annual World Food Prize, the U.S. Agency for International Development announced impressive progress toward achieving the goals of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative. The initiative's annual progress report notes that since the start of the initiative, poverty has dropped up to 36 percent in many areas where Feed the Future works and child stunting -- a measure of malnutrition -- has dropped by as much as 40 percent.

13 Oct 2016 description
  • Southern Africa is experiencing the worst El Niño-induced drought in 35 years, following the failure of two consecutive rainy seasons. Governments have led the response. However, the scale of needs overwhelm national capacity. Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe have declared national drought emergencies, and Mozambique declared a red alert; all, together with Madagascar, calling for urgent international assistance.

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR


As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

12 Oct 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Elizabeth Mpofu is a fighter. She is one of a select group of farmers who equate food security with the war against hunger and shun poor agricultural practices which destroy the environment and impoverish farmers, especially women.

Mpofu grows maize, legumes and different beans on her environmentally-friendly 10-hectare farm in Masvingo Province, about 290 kms southeast of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.

11 Oct 2016 description

Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and manmade disasters.