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24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 153,000 drought affected people with emergency food rations (123,000 people) and Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) (30,000 people). WFP will scale up assistance to reach up to 233,000 people in March.

  • The Ministry of Agriculture has reported the presence of fall armyworm in the country, however the extent of impact is not yet known. A pre-harvest assessment is ongoing in March.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 31 January 2017, UNICEF launched the Southern Africa El Niño/La Niña Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. The HAC requirement for Swaziland is US$2.74 million in 2017, which is currently 32 per cent funded.

23 Mar 2017 description

Crisis Impact

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya. Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.

22 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar

• USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique

• Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Mar 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

17 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

By Obi Anyadike, Editor-at-Large and Africa Editor

Farmers, traders and consumers across East and Southern Africa are feeling the impact of consecutive seasons of drought that have scorched harvests and ruined livelihoods.

Read more on IRIN

16 Mar 2017 description

Overview

A severe drought, associated with the El Niño phenomena, resulted in a humanitarian emergency in which an estimated 40 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Vulnerability assessments and analysis indicated that 23 million required immediate humanitarian assistance, as of June 2016.

In response to this, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.

15 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Maize prices continued to increase in January in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely to be due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices will remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. Malawi and Mozambique have the highest number of Maize markets in ALPS Crisis at 71 percent and 100 percent respectively.

15 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Basic food prices remain high at the peak of the lean season

  • Beans, sugar, salt and vegetable oil are more expensive than last year

  • About 30 percent of traders in Hhohho and Shiselweni report difficult road conditions

Seasonal Outlook

11 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production forecast to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Imports of maize forecast to expand in 2016/17 marketing year in response to 2016 drought-reduced harvest

  • Prices of maize meal stable but at high levels

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18, following deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound due to conducive weather conditions

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

02 Mar 2017 description

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Food security emergencies are likely to increase

2 March 2017, Rome - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

27 Feb 2017 description

"I was receiving injections every day. The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team would visit every now and then to make sure I was getting my injections. The doctor says the injections are why I became deaf," says Winile, a TB patient who lost her hearing in 2013.

Winile has been a patient at MSF's clinic in Matsapha since it opened in 2011, when she enrolled for HIV care. Swaziland has one of the highest rates of TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, and 80 per cent of people in the country who contract TB are HIV positive.