Déclaration commune PAM, FEWS NET, JRC et FAO
Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO) ; Réseau des systèmes d'alerte rapide aux risques de famine (FEWS NET) ; Centre commun de recherches de la Commission européenne (JRC) ; Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).
Joint statement by FAO, EC-JRC, FEWS NET and WFP
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; FEWS NET - Famine Early Warning Systems Network; JRC - European Commission's Joint Research Centre;WFP - World Food Programme
12 February 2016, Rome - Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.
Africa Weather Hazards
Floods in Omusati Region have displaced about 250 people who relocated to higher ground. One person also died and many were left destitute.
About 86 homesteads were extensively damaged, while several schools and churches were deluged by the heavy rains and mahangu fields submerged, leaving the affected villagers without food and shelter.
Okasoko villagers in the Kunene Region are reeling from shock and disbelief after 336 goats belonging to one household drowned as a result of heavy downpours.
Turiapamwe Tjiurua, a 29-year-old man who looked after the livestock of his 71-year-old mother, Japerendua Kuroro, had to seek medical attention and counselling at Opuwo Hospital after his blood pressure shot up as a result of the traumatic event that transpired in the blink of an eye.
Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.
The current El Niño event is signalled to be the strongest and longest event in 35 years. For southern Africa, El Niño usually means less rainfall in most countries but high rainfall in northern Tanzania and DRC. Across vast areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, this has been the driest October-December, since 1981.
Lesotho and Zimbabwe have declared a state of disaster following the affects of drought caused by El Niño. Most provinces in South Africa have also declared a state of disaster.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Unfavourable production outlook for 2016 cereal crop, reflecting persistent dry conditions
Cereal prices increased on account of higher import costs and below-average 2015 harvest
Reduced cereal production in 2015 and poor livestock conditions resulted in increase in number of people in need of food assistance in 2015/16
Crop conditions in 2016 mostly unfavourable reflecting insufficient rains
PRETORIA, February 5, 2016 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.
Africa Weather Hazards
- El Niño“drought effect” likely to have a long-lasting impact as people’ resilience continues to be eroded
- Ethiopia battling worst drought in decades
- Drought, food in security and power shortages stalk southern Africa region
- Cholera, a preventable disease, kills thousands across eastern and southern Africa
- Protracted conflicts to complicate humanitarian situation
- Funding shortfalls paralyse humanitarian responses
Snapshot 27 January – 2 February 2016
Boko Haram in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Chad: 86 people were killed and 62 injured, with 15 missing after Boko Haram set fire to Dalori, near Maiduguri in Borno state. The past week also saw attacks in Chibok that left 13 dead and 30 injured. 40 civilians were reported dead after Cameroonian troops announced they were carrying out a search for BH militants in the area. In Cameroon, 52 people were killed in BH attacks in January. In Chad, two suicide bombings in Lac region left three dead and 56 wounded.
Crop conditions are poor in the extreme south due to erratic rainfall
Most parts of the region expecting significantly reduced harvest due to drought conditions
Nairobi, 29 janvier 2016 (IRIN) - Cette année, l’Afrique australe est confrontée au risque de mauvaises récoltes, car les précipitations ont atteint leur niveau le plus bas dans une région où 29 millions de personnes vivent déjà sans un accès fiable à une alimentation bon marché et nourrissante en quantité suffisante.
« Les perspectives sont alarmantes, car plusieurs zones n’ont connu que peu ou pas de précipitations et la fenêtre de plantation des céréales se ferme rapidement ou s’est déjà fermée dans certains pays », a mis en garde le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).
Background and purpose
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has as its **Strategic Objective 5** to “Increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises”. In support of its national counterparts, FAO aims to address the current and future needs of vulnerable people affected by the 2015‒2016 El Niño event.
Summary of WFP Assistance: WFP provides technical assistance to the Government in two priority areas. The first is strengthening the Namibian School Feeding Programme (NSFP), 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.
By Obi Anyadike, Africa Editor
NAIROBI, 28 January 2016 (IRIN) - Southern Africa is facing the threat of extensive crop failures this year as a result of record low rainfall in a region in which 29 million people already don't have reliable access to enough affordable and nutritious food.
“With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming,” the World Food Programme has warned.
Rosemary Nalisa, Namibia Red Cross Society
Anna-Maria Pales’ situation is one of heartache and vulnerability. The 45-year-old mother of three depends entirely on the one meal provided each day by the Namibia Red Cross Society’s soup kitchen to feed herself and her three children. Her nine-year-old son Manuel, who suffers from a disability, and his nine-month-old sister are both severely malnourished.
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