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03 Sep 2015 description

The SADC says the 2014/15 rainfall season was generally poor in most parts of the region, with prolonged dry spells in some parts and both floods and prolonged dry spells in other parts resulting in an unsatisfactory overall food security situation for the 2015/16 marketing year.

Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the SADC Secretariat, Mrs. Margaret Nyirenda, said this during a media briefing held on 14th August 2015 at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) ahead of the 35th Ordinary Summit for Heads of States in Botswana.

03 Sep 2015 description

The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is a strategic partnership between Oxfam America (OA) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). R4 was initiated in 2011 to respond to the challenges faced by food-insecure communities enduring increasingly frequent and intense climate disasters and other shocks. This report outlines the key accomplishments during the January to March 2015 quarter. This quarter marked the beginning of the R4 implementation phase in Malawi and Zambia, and continued expansion in Ethiopia and Senegal.

02 Sep 2015 description

Regional Overview

Tanzania

A cholera outbreak in Tanzania is affected the areas of Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Iringa and Pwani. As of 30 August 2015, there have been 459 cases and 9 deaths in Dar es Salaam, 69 cases and 5 deaths in Morogoro, 2 cases in Iringa and 16 cases and 1 death in Pwani.

Madagascar

01 Sep 2015 description

Snapshot 25 August–1 September 2015

Papua New Guinea: 1.8 million people have been affected by prolonged dry spell and frost in the Highlands region; 1.3 million are reported to be most at risk. Crops have been destroyed, and several chools and health facilities have been closed due to water shortages. The affected population is reported to be resorting to less reliable sources of drinking water.

01 Sep 2015 description

Maize, rice, and cassava are the most important food commodities. Markets selected represent the entire geographic length of the country: two markets in each of the north, center, and south. In the north, Karonga is one of the most active markets in maize and rice and is influenced by informal cross-border trade with Tanzania. Mzimba is a major maize producing area in the northern region. Salima, in the center along the lake, is an important market where some of the fishing populations are almost entirely dependent on the market for staple cereals.

01 Sep 2015 description

Food and livelihood needs continue to be unmet in poor households across the country

Key Messages

01 Sep 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Aug 2015 description

Joint effort to strengthen national policies and capacity building in eight countries – Director-General meets Swedish partners

31 August 2015, Stockholm/Rome – FAO and the Swedish-based development cooperation organization We Effect have agreed to work together to strengthen small-scale forest and farm producers’ organizations in developing countries so they can access land and markets and improve the livelihoods of their members.

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

24 Aug 2015 description

Regional Overview

Lesotho

On 19 August the SADC Double Troika reaffirmed the current terms of reference for the SADC Commission of Inquiry into the death of army chief Mahao, stating that the TORs are broad enough to accommodate the issues raised by the Government and opposition parties.

20 Aug 2015 description
report Voice of America

BLANTYRE— A final agricultural production estimate survey in Malawi forecasts many people will face acute food shortages this year due to low yields of the country's main staple, maize (corn), largely because of recent flooding. Private traders are holding maize in anticipation of selling it at higher prices during the hunger crisis. But the government has asked Malawians not to panic.

Malawi’s Agriculture Minister, Allan Chiyembekeza, presented the report’s findings in the capital, Lilongwe.

20 Aug 2015 description

SUMMARY OF OPERATIONS

Team/experts Deployment
6 EUCP teams
4 EUCP experts associated to UNEP/UNOCHA missions
In total 35 EUCP Experts, along with 7 ERCC LO

Modules Deployed
18 Modules to Nepal
(Mainly search and rescue, module camps, medical post, and water purification)

Eu Voluntary Pool Of Assets Mobilized And Deployed
1 FFFP module to Greece
1 Laboratory to Guinea
2 Ebola Medevac Assets

20 Aug 2015 description

Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected

KEY MESSAGES

19 Aug 2015 description

Regional Overview

Madagascar:

The preliminary results of the municipal elections were published by the National Election Independent Committee, with the HVM (the ruling party) winning 60% of municipalities hence the the majority. The TIM (former President Ravalomanana’s party) came second with approximately 17% of municipalities. The MAPAR (former High Transitional Authority President Rajoelina's party) won 10% of municipalities while independent candidates got 13% of municipalities.