↗ 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.
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?
Desmidt, S., Hauck, V. 2017. Gestion des conflits dans le cadre de l'Architecture africaine de la paix et de sécurité (APSA). (Document de réflexion 211). Maastricht : ECDPM.
New Report Reveals Governments are Failing to Prioritize Tuberculosis, the World's Deadliest Infectious Disease
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.
By Zanele Zwane
Bongani is the first patient to be cured of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) in Swaziland using a treatment regimen that includes bedaquiline, one of the only two new tuberculosis (TB) medicines developed in 50 years. As an XDR-TB patient, Bongani was among the first group to receive a treatment that included bedaquiline, in May 2015. In the previous four years, and despite pursuing all options available, other treatments had failed.
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.
More than 58 000 people suffering from the drought received food thanks to cooperation between the Finnish Red Cross and the Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross, financed by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid.
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.
Stephen O’Brien, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d’urgence
In 2015 Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years. The unusually strong El Niño weather pattern in 2015-2016, coupled with record-high temperatures, had a catastrophic effect on crops, vegetation, livestock, and water resources. Unfortunately, the drought has continued into 2017 due to lack of significant rainfall.
In addition to the drought, armed conflict, and economic decline has further exacerbated the problem for some countries.
BABANE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has phased out its emergency operation in Swaziland, after helping up to 230,000 people through drought over the past year. The close of the operation – carried out in support of the Government’s national response – coincided with the end of the lean season last month.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Maize production foreseen to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions
Import forecast cuts in 2017/18 marketing year, reflecting expectations of larger maize output
Declining prices of maize on account of lower import prices and good production prospects
Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18
Cereal production forecast to recover in 2017
Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 11 countries. Agencies reported 311 incidents in nine countries and two reported security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes in one country.
In April, WFP conducted the last food distribution of the Emergency Operation (EMOP). A Budget Revision was approved to extend cash based transfer (CBT) activities through May.
In April, WFP assisted 213,238 people with emergency assistance, of which 71,090 received food and 142,148 received CBT. In May, 56,973 people received CBT.
WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, and pipeline breaks are expected in July 2017.