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21 Nov 2014 description

Meet Bettie Kawonga, a 2014 Scholar in the Borlaug Higher Education for Research and Development Program, implemented by Michigan State University and supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development under Feed the Future.

16 Nov 2014 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.

14 Nov 2014 description
DIPECHO Southern Africa and Indian Ocean - version 2
Technical Annex - version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 7 260 000

0 . Major changes since last version of HIP

13 Nov 2014 description

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.

13 Nov 2014 description

LILONGWE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed two contributions from the government of Germany totalling €2.6 million. Part of the donation, €395,900 (about 240 million MWK), is for nutrition assistance, and the remaining €2,250,000 (about 1.4 billion MWK) will help build resilience over a four-year period in some of Malawi’s most food insecure districts.

13 Nov 2014 description

Rainfall prospects are optimistic for the start of the 2014/15 agricultural season

KEY MESSAGES

07 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

KARONGA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN) - A combination of overfishing and the use of illegal fishing gear has seen fish stocks in Lake Malawi dwindle to the point that local people's livelihoods and food security are now under threat.

Not so long ago, scores of women and girls carrying baskets full of fish flocked to commuter buses at bus stops and police checkpoints along the lakeshore roads trying to coax passengers on board to buy their fish.

07 Nov 2014 description

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.

06 Nov 2014 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$1,185,868

Balance Requested: US$1,185,868

Geneva, 06 November 2014

Dear Colleagues,

03 Nov 2014 description

Regional Overview

Mozambique

Mozambique's ruling party Frelimo won the 15 October presidential elections, with their candidate, Filipe Nyusi, recieving 57.3 per cent of the votes. In the simultaneous parliamentary elections, Frelimo won 144 seats, Renamo won 89 seats and the Democratic Movement of Mozambique (MDM) 17 seats. Voter turnout was estimated at about 49 per cent.

Botswana

02 Nov 2014 description

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in September with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

30 Oct 2014 description
report Africare

Africare/Malawi’s Water, Sanitation & Hygiene project has brought sanitation facilities as well as hygiene education to hundreds of school children in the Mulanje district. In addition, at this moment, three rural schools have benefited from the establishment of three freshwater boreholes, and two more schools from well repairs. School staff and children have rejoiced with the supply of this dependable source of fresh water.

These efforts help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases.

30 Oct 2014 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households are consuming food from their 2013/14 production and have an adequate amount of income for food purchases for the remainder of the consumption year.

  • Localized food and cash crop production shortfalls due to dryness during the 2013/14 main season has limited food and income access for very poor and poor households in parts of southern and northern Malawi.

28 Oct 2014 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.

27 Oct 2014 description

Achieving universal access to sanitation is going to take a lot. In the urban context, high residential densities and extremely low incomes add to the challenge. New approaches will be required, and partnerships between organised communities and their local governments are going to be key.

A joint delegation from Malawi travelled to World Water Week in Stockholm to present at a SHARE meeting organised by IIED with WaterAid and UNICEF. This was a chance to share their work on sanitation in the city of Blantyre.

27 Oct 2014 description

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

24 Oct 2014 description

Jazmian Allen, Peace Corps Placement and Assessment Specialist | Peace Corps | Blog

Preparing for and serving in the Peace Corps was a journey I could not have completely prepared for. My decision to serve stemmed from my desire to utilize the skills I had acquired in agriculture and resource economics and animal science at Tuskegee University by assisting individuals to reach personal sustainability in lower-income countries.

22 Oct 2014 description

Dzaleka, 6 October 2014 – Only a few years ago, the idea of offering higher education in refugee camps would have been considered almost inconceivable. Yet today the graduation ceremony in Dzaleka camp has become an annual event. This occasion, said Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) International Director, Peter Balleis SJ, was as a celebration of 'normality'.

21 Oct 2014 description
report CBM

On 16th October 2014 CBM along with some partners and the Malawian government launched a new Trachoma Initiative and committed to eradicating this debilitating disease in Malawi in the coming five years.

Launch of the Trachoma Initiative