FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Harvesting of 2015/16 “vuli” season crops is underway in bi-modal rainfall areas
Maize production expected at below-average levels due to erratic rainfall
Delayed planting of 2016 “msimu” crops due to late onset of seasonal rains
Maize prices stable but at high levels
Favourable food security conditions observed across the country, with pockets of food insecurity in some central Rift Valley areas
Les Ministres des Affaires étrangères et les représentants des États signataires de l’Accord-cadre pour la paix, la sécurité et la coopération pour la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et la région se sont réunis à Addis Abéba, en Ethiopie, le 28 janvier 2016, en marge de la 28ème Session ordinaire du Conseil exécutif de l'Union africaine.
Africa Weather Hazards
January rainfall has remained above average for much of Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and neighbouring districts in southern Kenya, due to the on-going moderate to heavy rains (Figure 1), which can be attributed in part to the ongoing strong El Niño event. Above-average rainfall is expected to continue in the coming one to two weeks.
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.
A total of 236,464 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015.
• Heavy rains affected several areas of Ecuador over the past few weeks, causing floods and landslides.
• As of 2 February, there were nine dead, over 3 900 people affected (most of them in Esmeraldas), 2 400 people displaced, 1 200 houses affected and 40 destroyed.
• Over the next 48 h, heavy rains may still affect central-western Ecuador.
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.
By Arusha Times Correspondent
The hunter-gatherer Hadzabe tribe living on the shores of the remote and semi-arid Lake Eyasi are facing critical food shortage once again.
Those living at Dumanga village, Eshkesh ward in Mbulu district, Manyara region are pleading for relief food from the government.
The small tribe of not more than 2,000 members has been leading stone age life and relying on wild fruits and berries, tubers and roots, honey and hunting wild animals for food.
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