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21 Jul 2017 description
report New Era

Alvine Kapitako

Windhoek-The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) received a N$7.2 million grant from the European Union and the Spanish Red Cross (SRC) to promote renewable energy for climate change mitigation in Namibia.

The NRCS and SRC will be working on a project titled ‘Promoting renewable energy for climate change mitigation initiatives in Namibia.’

The main objective is to promote the use of renewable forms of energy and energy efficient technologies in ten selected rural communities in Kavango East, Kavango West and Zambezi regions.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

17 Jul 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Dian Spear, Southern Africa lead, Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions, University of Cape Town

Disclosure statement: Dian Spear receives funding from UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and South Africa's Department of Science and Technology.

12 Jul 2017 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

Situation Update
Further to the last situation update , Somalia continues to be one of the worst-affected countries, as forecast by the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS) Network and the International Red Cross, famine is likely to be declared in late 2017 in the state of Puntland, Somaliland and South West, Somalia.

11 Jul 2017 description

Key messages

↗ International wheat prices generally increased in June on quality concerns amid unfavourable growing conditions for the 2017 crops in some key producing countries. Export prices of maize remained generally unchanged, while rice quotations continued to increase mainly on account of strong demand.

07 Jul 2017 description

Question

How are national and regional legal frameworks (including economic and financial system interventions) currently used to control and restrict the illegal wildlife trade (excluding fish or forestry products) in Sub Saharan Africa?

Summary

06 Jul 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

GOBABIS, Namibia – Each morning, single mother Elizabeth Kazapua rises at 4:30 to begin her hour-long trek to work at Epako Clinic in Gobabis, Namibia.

There, at the site of a ground-breaking pilot project, she greets and directs visitors, even recognizing some by name. She makes sure that pregnant, seriously ill and elderly visitors are treated first.

“I love it here. Every shift I feel motivated,” Ms. Kazapua said as she directed a young woman to the pharmacy.

04 Jul 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is a moth native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, whose larva (photo) causes damage to crops. It mainly affects maize, with potential hosts from 26 plant families. Significant yield loss can be caused by FAW, if not well managed. FAW has several generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.

04 Jul 2017 description

BACKGROUND

Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and also to legumes as well as vegetable crops and cotton.

04 Jul 2017 description
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03 Jul 2017 description

WINDHOEK - The World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the Government of Namibia’s National Planning Commission, has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

29 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

Regional main staples prices mostly declined, and were below their respective 2016 levels in most areas. Malawi and Mozambique saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price decline of white maize. Zambia registered the highest drop in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis mode reflecting increased availability.

23 Jun 2017 description

OVERVIEW

In response to a severe drought associated with the 2015/16 El Niño episode, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal in July 2016 for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.

22 Jun 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains during the period of January-March 2017 within the Cuvelai River Basin in Angola and localized rainfalls in Oshana, Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Omusati resulted in localized flooding in Iishana (shallow flood plains).

20 Jun 2017 description

Un séminaire à la FAO vise à raviver la coopération internationale et à démocratiser le recours aux approches et outils existants

19 juin 2017, Rome - «Investir dans la préparation et renforcer la résilience** **des agriculteurs est essentiel pour faire face à des situations de sécheresse extrême», a déclaré aujourd'hui M. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO.

19 Jun 2017 description

Seminar at FAO seeks to rekindle international cooperation, wider use of existing tools and approaches

19 June 2017, Rome - Investing in preparedness and building the resilience of farmers is fundamental to facing situations of extreme drought, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

14 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 expected to nearly double compared to drought-reduced 2016 output

  • High yields reflect beneficial weather and good access to agricultural inputs

  • Cereal prices fall, while import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to contract on account of production rebound

  • Food security conditions anticipated to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly