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Kenya + 2 others
Refugee graduates work, study and service their communities

Rome, 22 September 2014 – For the second consecutive year, refugee students in camps in Kenya and Malawi will graduate from an online Liberal Arts Diploma programme managed by Jesuit Refugee Service and Jesuit Commons: Higher Education on the Margins (JC:HEM). JRS has found that the most graduates are likely to find employment or continue their studies, and nearly all the students engage in service to their communities.

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Regional Summary of 2014 SADC National Vulnerability Assessment Results (as of 22 September 2014)

Overview 2013/14 Crop Production Season

Well distributed rains were received in most parts of the region facilitating good production in most countries

Late start of the season in north-eastern and some southern parts of the Region, including parts of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

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World + 2 others
In race to save women’s lives, solutions are within reach, says UNFPA head

NEW YORK, United States – There are fewer than 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and too little progress has been made towards reducing maternal and child deaths. Yet simple, proven interventions can make these goals attainable, said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, at the fifth annual Social Good Summit, a conference of world leaders, activists and technology experts, held today in New York.

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Malawi Food Security Alert, September 17, 2014

Maize harvests 50-75 percent below average are causing abnormally high maize prices and reduced livelihoods. Humanitarian assistance is needed immediately and through the next harvest in April.

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Baobab holds out promise for Malawi’s farmers and forests

Report
Guardian

Demand for powder from the ‘superfruit’ could boost farmers’ incomes, slow deforestation and protect biodiversity

Sam Jones in Lilongwe

Sitting in his well-ordered office on the outskirts of Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, Chris Dohse reflects on the metamorphosis of the mango. How, he asks, did the once-exotic south Asian fruit achieve high street ubiquity, reinventing itself as everything from a cheesecake and smoothie to salsa and skin cream?

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015

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Madagascar + 21 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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World + 34 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief August 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 External needs in FEB. ?

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GIEWS Country Brief: Malawi 09-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable national maize supplies, following bumper 2014 harvest

  • Maize prices decrease sharply in response to the improved supply situation

  • Overall, food security conditions improve in 2014, but areas where production declines were recorded remain a concern

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Lesotho + 2 others
Southern Africa Weekly Report Map, 02 - 08 September 2014

Regional Overview

Lesotho

The situation in Lesotho remains calm but tense. It is being reported that Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli is refusing to negotiate an end to the political stalemate. South Africa and SADC are still very much committed to dialogue to resolve the current situation.

In Focus: Mozambique

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World + 9 others
Improving links between smallholder farmers and school feeding programmes

Home Grown School Feeding programmes implemented by governments with the support of partners, including WFP, are increasingly providing assured markets for smallholder farmers. At least half of the 20 P4P pilot countries report linking smallholder farmers’ organizations to school feeding programmes. By strengthening government ownership and fostering community engagement, this should enhance sustainability.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 29 others
Hidden in Plain Sight: a statistical analysis of violence against children

Over the last decade, recognition of the pervasive nature and impact of violence against children has grown. Still, the phenomenon remains largely undocumented and underreported.

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Lesotho + 7 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (25 August 2014 - 01 September 2014)

Regional Overview

The SADC Regional Climate Outlook for the rainfall season 2014/15 predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region this rainfall season (October 2014 to March 2015).

Madagascar

On 28 August a swarm of locusts invaded the capital Antananarivo. No significant crop damage has been reported, but the situation draws attention to the need for continued support for the three-year anti-locust campaign, which faces a funding gap of US$ 10 million.

Lesotho

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

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World + 3 others
Moral Hazard - "Mega" Agricultural public-private partnerships threaten livelihoods for African farmers

Report
Oxfam

Large-scale partnerships with the private sector could undermine Africans’ land rights, drive inequality and damage the environment

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World + 32 others
Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Malawi Price Bulletin August 2014

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.

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World + 47 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Southern Africa: Weekly Report (12 to 18 August 2014)

Regional Overview

Southern Africa leaders are meeting in Zimbabwe for the 34th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit which begins today, 18 August 2014. The summit is expected to discuss how the region can achieve economic growth. The theme for the summit is 'SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation:
Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition’.

In Focus: Malawi

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