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01 Dec 2016 description

Food insecurity to worsen as the lean season peaks and ongoing assistance is still below needs

Key Messages

01 Dec 2016 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.

01 Dec 2016 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.

01 Dec 2016 description

Home » Press Room » Press Releases » 2016 » PEPFAR Is Saving Lives and Changing the Course of the Epidemic

30 Nov 2016 description

The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.

30 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2016 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The season started slowly in some areas.

  • During September to November, wetter than normal areas spread over the central and western Angola, eastern Botswana, north-eastern South Africa, northern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.

  • Seasonally average conditions occurred across north -western DRC, north and west of Tanzania, Madagascar and south Mozambique.

DJF2016/17 RAINFALL UPDATE OUTLOOK SUMMARY

29 Nov 2016 description
report Germanwatch

Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2015 and 1996 to 2015

29 Nov 2016 description

Thanks to the Government of Malawi and support from the governments around the world, millions of hungry and food-insecure people in Malawi can get through the lean season and nurture some optimism about the future.

Even before we begin talking, Elena Yezani beckons me to join her in her grass-thatched kitchen where, at 2:30 pm, she is preparing the family’s sole meal of the day.

As we start talking about the impact of the El Niño-induced drought in Chidokowe village in the central region district of Ntcheu district, Elena has tears in her eyes.

27 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above-average rainfall conditions forecast for 2016/17 cropping season, with planting underway

  • Maize supplies tight on account of drought-reduced output in 2016 and depleted stocks

  • National average maize price remains at near-record level

  • Food security situation worsens significantly in 2016/17, mostly reflective of reduced 2016 cereal production and high food prices, with estimated 6.5 million people in need of assistance

25 Nov 2016 description

By Rhea Bhardwaj (Humanitarian Capacity Development Manager) and Timothy Cohen (Emergency Support Officer). November, 2016

The number, scale and severity of humanitarian crises is posing a big challenge to the international humanitarian system’s capacity to respond. The number of crisis-affected people dependant on humanitarian aid is growing as is the funding gap. At the forefront of the response are local organisations who are amongst the first ones to respond, have better knowledge of the context and better acceptance from the crisis affected communities.

25 Nov 2016 description

Brussels/Lilongwe, 25 November 2016

As Southern Africa enters the critical lean season, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Malawi to visit EU humanitarian aid projects that help communities deal with the effects of prolonged drought. Commissioner Stylianides is meeting President Peter Mutharika before visiting Chikwawa and Zomba districts where nutrition and food assistance is provided to particularly vulnerable households.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • Following the launch of the humanitarian response in July, WFP has continued to distribute food and cash to food insecure populations for the fourth month (October) of the nine month operation (July 2016 – March 2017). Due to resource constraints, food-insecure populations have only been able to receive half rations of all non-cereal food commodities.

25 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • Zambia has approved maize exports and initiated a series of convoys carrying maize from last year’s harvest to support people in need in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. To date, 30,000 mt has been exported.

  • The balance for export, 39,000 mt, is expected to be completed by December 2016, ahead of the rainy season. The Government of Zambia, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), continues to provide support to WFP’s humanitarian maize export operation.

WFP Assistance

25 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In October Fourteen districts have conducted the mass screening activities. 1,062,519 Children under five reached through mass screening drive while 27,967 children (3140 SAM and 24827 MAM) were referred to facilities for further investigations and admissions in to CMAM program. The mass screenings activi-ties are being conducted through partnerships established by UNICEF and DNHA.

  • Nutrition Cluster has developed Nutrition Cluster contingency plan in collabora-tion with department of Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA).

24 Nov 2016 description

The next harvest is not due until March/April, forcing some to eat vital seed stocks, sell possessions and eat fewer meals

By Alex Whiting

ROME, Nov 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More funds are urgently needed for a worsening hunger crisis in drought-hit southern Africa that is expected to peak early next year and already affects 39 million people, forcing some to eat seeds and pull children out of school, aid agencies said.

22 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malnutrition screening and treatment efforts ongoing in drought-affected areas of Madagascar

  • Rainy and planting seasons commence in parts of the Southern Africa region

  • USAID/OFDA prioritizes agricultural interventions to increase access to seeds and other key inputs

KEY DEVELOPMENTS