Africa Drought Conference concluded with Windhoek Declaration
By Deon Schlechter
More than 27 presentations were made in the plenary sessions from across the world while nine side events were also held, on drought management, before over 400 delegates finalised the Windhoek Drought Declaration. The declaration on drought was birthed during last week’s first ever African Drought Conference that was held in Windhoek.
The SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 22nd July 2016 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The objective of the meeting was to review the Food Security situation and progress in the implementation of Regional programmes including the development of the Regional Agriculture Policy Investment Plan. The meeting was also intended to update Ministers on the Food Security situation in the Region following the drought induced by the El Niño phenomenon.
It is with great pleasure that I address the launch of the Namibian National Strategic Action Plan for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA). I thank the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s for the invitation.
Tonight’s launch of the action plan is in line with the theme of the Drought Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African continent”.
African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.
Pretoria / Geneva, 17 August 2016: A new report revealing that 579,000 children across southern Africa will require treatment for severe acute malnutrition in 2016 is the latest wake-up call for the world to work together to prevent this crisis from destroying the lives and future of a generation.
Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño.
The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998. The negative consequences of El Niño are foreseen to continue through 2017, particularly in Southern Africa where this event has followed multiple droughts compounding the already fragile situation.
Framing the FAO El Niño Response Plan
Situation and impact
Southern Africa has been struggling with an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015/16 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. The effects on food security and livelihoods have been exacerbated by sluggish economic performance in some countries and the depreciation of national currencies set against a background of chronic vulnerabilities.
This report is produced by Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 23 July to 5 August 2016. The next report will be issued on or around 19 August.
Namibia CADRI Mission completed.
Namibia to host the Africa Drought Conference on 15-19 August 2016.
SADC launches USD 2.4 billion appeal for 40 million affected in the region.
An increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events has accompanied climate change in Southern Africa, making it difficult for vulnerable populations to cope with environmental shocks. In areas along the border of Angola and Namibia, successive years of dry conditions have depleted household resources and disrupted agriculture- and- livestockbased livelihoods, constraining access to food and income for many drought-affected families.
The SADC El Niño Logistics and Coordination Team convened a workshop of Senior Officials from SADC Member States to facilitate the development of a Coordinated Regional Transportation Plan for Humanitarian Relief Cargo in the region.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and price trends in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.
Au moins 109 millions de dollars nécessaires pour fournir des semences et des intrants agricoles et pour rendre de nombreux autres services.
28 juillet 2016, Rome - Avant que ne commence les préparations du sol pour la campagne principale dans quelques semaines, près de 23 millions de personnes en Afrique australe ont besoin d'une aide urgente pour produire suffisamment afin de se nourrir et d'éviter d'être dépendants de l'aide humanitaire jusqu'à la mi-2018, a indiqué aujourd'hui la FAO.
At least $109 million is urgently required for the provision of seeds and other agricultural inputs and services
28 July 2016, Rome - With only a few weeks before land preparation begins for the next main cropping season, some 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves and thus avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid 2018, FAO said today.
Botswana is the latest country to declare a State of Emergency due to the ongoing drought, joining Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additionally, eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, typically accounting for 90 percent of the country’s maize production, have been declared drought disaster areas.
WFP is significantly scaling-up food & nutrition programming to reach 11.9 million people, undertake technical analysis and provide supply-chain capacity support to national and regional action.