Summary of WFP Assistance: WFP provides technical assistance to the government in two priority areas. The first is in the design and implementation of the national school feeding programme, which is part of the country’s social safety nets. WFP’s technical assistance in this context focuses on i) Knowledge generation and management; ii) Strengthening and developing systems for impact monitoring; iii) Programme support and capacity building; and iv) Provision of policy and strategy advice on hunger related issues.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Working alongside public health and other systems, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV.
The continued absence of rain in the greater Omaheke region has farmers worried, fearing the loss of livestock and weakening of water points as the drought worsens.
The season has now reached its driest period and the region is yet to recover from last year’s dry spell and the drought of 2013 – said to have been the worse in three decades, which caused huge losses as farmers had to sit by and watch their animals die.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
•Cereal production in 2015 decreased sharply due to an extended period of dry weather
•Imports of maize forecast to increase in 2015/16 to compensate for the lower domestic output
•Reduced cereal production and poor livestock conditions cause an increase in number of people in need of food assistance in 2015. This follows generally improved conditions in 2014
Sharp drop in 2015 cereal production
Food aid which has been dispensed since June for three months targeting the vulnerable people must be extended and broadened to include all households affected by drought situation until normal livelihoods are regained.
Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.
This CCCM desk review on outside camp contexts was conducted from July to December 2013. It aims to explore how CCCM resources and experiences of camplike and camp-based responses can be applied to respond to the needs of displaced populations outside camps, in particular in urban environments. As part of the ECHO-funded Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster project ‘Enhancing the Coordination of Camp Management and Camp Coordination Intervention in Emergencies’, this desk review addresses this in two main ways.
Grazing in most areas have not yet recovered from the effects of the last season’s dry season, veld fires as well as the 2012/2013 drought, warns the Crop Prospects, Food Security and Drought Situation Report, released by the government last week.
All the dry land crop producing regions both communal and commercial areas received a very poor crop harvest this season, which is exceedingly below the average production and lower than last season’s harvest.
Crop germination was very poor prompting farmers to attempt replanting so many times with little success and even those crops germinated have wilted as drought condition strengthen.
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As of June, at least 6 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity. Millions more could easily fall into the emergency conditions unless a political solution is found quickly.
This season’s crop performance was poor across much of southern Africa, particularly in the region’s surplus-producing areas. Preliminary estimates indicate that national maize harvests in South Africa and Malawi were the lowest in more than five years. However, as a result of above-average carry-over stocks from the 2014/15 marketing year, aggregate regional supply is expected to be near average. Countries with significant production deficits this year, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, will likely experience an early start of the lean season and limited food access for poor households.
African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.
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Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
As the December 31, 2015, deadline set by Namibia and Botswana for the voluntary repatriation of Namibian refugees in Botswana looms, Namibia has devised another strategy that involves inviting some Dukwe refugees to come and ascertain for themselves the social and political atmosphere prevalent in the country. Some refugees have been reluctant to come back home citing security fears.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.
Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.
Regional crop production, especially for cereal, is expected to decrease as a result of the uncharacteristic and erratic 2014/15 rainfall season. Significant maize production declines from the five-year average are forecasted for Zimbabwe (37 per cent), Namibia (39 per cent), South Africa (22 per cent) and Malawi (22 per cent). The results of national vulnerability assessments, which are expected around late-July, will provide a clearer picture of the scale of food insecurity.