Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia
Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.
By JEFF OTIENO
What is normal rainfall?
•Above average rainfall, normal rainfall and below average rainfall are calculated using the long-term average rainfall of a particular ecological zone. The long-term average rainfall of a region is the mean rainfall amount for the past 30 years. It is calculated for both the long rains and short rains.
Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.
Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.
The new project that will focus on improving food security and increasing awareness of the causes and consequences of environmental degradation in Rubana River Catchment area in the in Bunda District, Mara Region of northern Tanzania.
Launched in June 2005 by President George W. Bush, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) represented a major 5-year, $1.265 billion expansion of U.S. Government resources for malaria control. The Initiative is led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). PMI funds programs in 19 focus countries in Africa and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia (see Appendix 1).
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2015
By CLIFFORD GIKUNDA, TEA Special Correspondent
Posted Saturday, April 18 2015 at 20:03
The Tanzanian government has embarked on building dams to harvest floodwater during the rainy seasons for future use.
In northern Kenya, following prolonged periods of insufficient rainfall, the communities are engaged in the construction of water pans and dams.
In Malawi, 96 new cholera cases were reported this week – the highest number since the outbreak began 9 weeks ago, with 3 new deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new areas. According to WHO, the epi-curve is indicative of the presence of a common source of infection to which people are exposed to continuously or intermittently. The response is ongoing, with more than 850 health workers trained in cholera case management, and 129,000 people vaccinated in the first round of a two-round campaign.
Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique
Africa Weather Hazards
Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.
DAR ES SALAAM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of dates valued at US$126,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support refugees living in north-west Tanzania.
A ceremony held at WFP’s Tanzania Country Office in Dar es Salaam was attended by Mr. Walid Bin Abdulrahman Alzinedi, a delegate from the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Mr. Wajih Bin Masoud Alotaibli, an attache of Economic and Culture Affairs with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Republic of Tanzania.
Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.
Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.
Priorities for 2011-2015
Emergency Humanitarian Action —for refugees and people who are unable to meet their basic food and nutrition needs due to disasters.
Food Security and Nutrition Support — for chronically hungry people living in extreme poverty and are more vulnerable to shocks.
Total number of refugees: 970,763
Registered refugees in 2015: 1,556
Total number of IDPs: 1.1 M
JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.
The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;
Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;
During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.
By Arusha Times Correspondent
Trekking to a neighbouring country in search of scarce water may now be history for residents of Kahe village in Rombo district, Kilimanjaro region, thanks to a major water supply project.
Besides Kahe, the World Bank-funded scheme will also benefit nine other villages in the area, revealed the district water engineer Andrew Tesha when briefing stakeholders on implementation of the programme.
By Arusha Times correspondent
Initially there was no water at all. The villagers had to trek many kilometres in search of the precious liquid for domestic use and for their livestock.
For years the situation remained grim for the 8,000 inhabitants of Katikati village in Kiteto district whose livestock herds outnumber the human population ten times.
It was not only the long distance to the available water holes or ponds in the parched land of the vast Manyara region that pained the cattle keepers.
Survey shows sharp drop in childhood stunting in Tanzania
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, 10 April 2015 – The results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition – stunting, or low height for age – among children under five in the country fell from 42 per cent to 35 per cent.
This case study examines the outcomes of interventions in Tanzania that have promoted the production and consumption of orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) – a biofortified crop – with the objective of reducing vitamin A deficiencies.
Abnormal dryness persists in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania
Africa Weather Hazards
Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.