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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

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Liberia + 5 others
United States and Five African Countries Announce Intention To Join Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Liberia, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania and the United States confirmed last week their intention to join the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA). At the August 4 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit event entitled “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate,” Secretary of State John Kerry announced the United States’ intention to join GACSA and encouraged African countries to participate.

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IPC Newsletter Vol. 4, Issue 4, July 2014

Editorial Note

10 Years of IPC

This year, the IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. Originally developed by FAO in Somalia in 2004, the IPC has been extensively applied in different countries and contexts.

In 2007, the IPC became a Multi- Agency Partnership, now led by 11 Partners under the results-based IPC Global Strategic Programme (2014- 2016) launched in February 2014.

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Zimbabwe + 4 others
SADC: Address Members’ Rights Issues

Serious Concerns in Several Member Countries

(Harare, August 14, 2014) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should address human rights violations among its member states as part of measures to improve the lives of its people, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch:



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Malawi + 6 others
Southern Africa Food Security Outlook Update July to December 2014

Good regional harvests maintain stable food security outcomes in many parts of the region

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most rural households across the region will maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) food insecurity outcomes between July and September. However in localized parts of Lesotho, DRC, Swaziland, Malawi, and Madagascar poor households are projected to face mainly Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and some Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes from October through December due to high prices of food and low incomes in addition to low production.

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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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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World + 8 others
Keeping Track of Adaptation Actions in Africa (KTAA) - Targeted Fiscal Stimulus Actions Making a Difference

Nairobi, 12 August 2014 – Investment in climate change adaptation can help ensure that the impacts of climate change - including a projected 20 – 50 per cent decline in water availability – do not reverse decades of development progress in Africa, according to a new report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief July 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2015

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Malawi Food Security Outlook - July 2014 to December 2014

Above-average national cereal production levels, but localized food insecurity persistent in Central Karonga and Middle Shire livelihood zones

Key Messages

  • Estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicate that 2013/14 maize production is approximately 9 percent higher than the previous season and 12 percent higher than the five-year average. Overall, a 1.5 million MT surplus in maize is expected with some increases ranging from 7 to 10 percent among other food crop production.

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World + 46 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 July - 5 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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World + 9 others
FACT SHEET: U.S. Engagement on Climate Change and Resilience in Africa

Disasters and shocks — natural or manmade — have the potential to throw poor and marginal populations into crisis and wipe away hard-earned development gains. These disasters and shocks are occurring with greater frequency and intensity, making it difficult to build resilient communities, particularly in countries facing severe socio-economic challenges exacerbated by the effects of climate change.

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FACT SHEET: U.S. Support for Democratic Institutions, Good Governance, and Human Rights in Africa

“[I]f the dignity of the individual is upheld across Africa, then I believe Americans will be more free as well, because I believe that none of us are fully free when others in the human family remain shackled by poverty or disease or oppression. … Governments that respect the rights of their citizens and abide by the rule of law do better, grow faster, draw more investment than those who don’t.” – President Obama, Cape Town, South Africa, June 30, 2013

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Malawi Price Bulletin July 2014

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.

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Malawi + 5 others
Southern Africa Price Bulletin July 2014

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

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Angola + 10 others
Long Term Planning Framework Southern Africa 2012-2015 Version 2 of 31.07.2014

  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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World + 6 others
African Solidarity Trust Fund - by Africans for Africans

A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.