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05 Dec 2016 description
report UNAIDS

Malgré les progrès accomplis contre le VIH au cours des 15 dernières années et la disponibilité de méthodes de prévention et de traitement qui ont fait leurs preuves, le nombre annuel de nouvelles infections à VIH chez les adultes est resté stable dans le monde, à un niveau estimé de 1,9 million par an depuis 2010. En outre, on observe une résurgence des nouvelles infections à VIH au sein des populations clés dans certaines régions du monde.

04 Dec 2016 description

Members of Let’s Unite help people living with HIV in rural northern Namibia adhere to treatment.

Under the shade of a giant tree, men and women clap in rhythm, dancing in a circle as they sing about overcoming HIV as a community. They are members of Let’s Unite, a support group in Namibia’s northern Ohangwena, a region heavily affected by the 2016 El Niño drought. They are working together to ease their collective burden of lifelong HIV treatment.

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



  • 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.


29 Nov 2016 description
report Germanwatch

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

28 Nov 2016 description
report UNAIDS

Despite the progress made against HIV over the past 15 years and the availability of proven prevention and treatment methods, the annual number of new HIV infections among adults has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million a year since 2010. Moreover, there has been resurgence of new HIV infections among key populations in some parts of the world.

25 Nov 2016 description


  • The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture developed a draft School Feeding policy with technical assistance from WFP. Various actors approved the draft policy during a two-day meeting in Windhoek in October.

  • WFP alongside representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) participated in a Joint Rapid Assessment Mission organised by USAID to monitor the impact of the El-Nino induced drought in the Kunene Region.

24 Nov 2016 description

Single-parent families tend to be particularly vulnerable to economic hardship. In Namibia, SOS Children’s Villages is working with disadvantaged families, including single mothers, and communities to become self-reliant and build long-term resilience.

22 Nov 2016 description


  • Timely rains commenced in South Africa, Swaziland and eastern Botswana, resulting in planting in some areas and slight improvement in dam levels

  • Slow and erratic onset of rains was observed in northern parts of the region, and an improvement is expected by late November to early December

  • Shortfalls in commercial maize seed availability and farmers’ reduced purchasing power may negatively affect harvest prospects in several countries if unaddressed

Regional Summary

21 Nov 2016 description

By Tsitsi Matope

Amid worsening hunger triggered by the effects of El Niño-related drought, Namibia is investing in the expansion of its National School Feeding programme to ensure more learners receive nutritious meals and stay in school.

The Government of Namibia is taking charge of the future of its children with plans to introduce school meals to secondary schools – in addition to pre- and primary schools which are already part of the national School Feeding programme.

14 Nov 2016 description


  • The International Grains Council (IGC) maintained South Africa’s 2016/17 maize production estimate of 12.9 million tons, which is 72% higher than the 2015/16 crop (Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za).)

14 Nov 2016 description

State of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in the Southern African Development Community

1. Introduction

1.1 Background

10 Nov 2016 description

40 million people food insecure in Southern Africa* *including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
9.3 million tonne shortfall in regional crop production

643 000 livestock death
USD 109 million needed for emergency response until mid-2017


08 Nov 2016 description

About 74 percent of the US$2.9billion required for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Humanitarian Appeal is yet to be raised as only US$757 million which translates to 26 percent has been raised by governments and partners.

The money raised so far includes US$222million from SADC governments US$535million from partners. The SADC Regional is facing an estimated cereal shortfall of 9.3million metric tonnes which will have to be sourced from within and outside the region to support the 28 million people requiring urgent humanitarian support.

08 Nov 2016 description

The negative impacts of the El Nino induced drought, the worst in 35 years, which has caused a humanitarian crisis affecting 39 million people or 13% of SADC population, continues to intensify. Several factors including depleted food reserves, rising food prices, lower commodity prices, slowing economic growth among other key factors, are exacerbating the situation. Staple food prices are rising due to the generally poor crop production over the past two years.

05 Nov 2016 description


The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is a part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

EWEA enables FAO to act early before disasters have happened to mitigate or even prevent their impact. By lessening damages to livelihoods and protecting assets and investments, FAO can help local livelihoods become more resilient to threats and crises.

03 Nov 2016 description

This report is produced by Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 1 October to 31 October 2016. The next issue will be published around 30 November 2016.


  • African Union visits Namibia on Drought Response

  • US OFDA Mission in Namibia on Drought Situation

  • Weather and Climate-Related Disasters Double

  • Namibia Celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction.

27 Oct 2016 description


  • Weather forecasts point to higher likelihood of normal rains during 2016/17 cropping season, following two consecutive drought-affected seasons

  • Cereal production in 2016 estimated to have increased slightly, but still remains well below average

  • Cereal prices significantly higher than previous year, but declining South African prices have eased inflationary pressure

27 Oct 2016 description
report New Era

by Deon Schlechter

Some 729 000 people in the rural areas have been affected by this year’s drought and this account for about 57 percent of the rural population. Of these, about 596 000 are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

18 Oct 2016 description


  • On 25 September at the Ministry of Education, a team of researchers from the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture (MoEAC), Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), and WFP Namibia presented preliminary findings on a study linking school feeding to smallholder farmers. The findings identified gaps within the school feeding supply chain and will help in the design of a Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).

WFP Assistance