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02 May 2015 description

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.

01 May 2015 description

Key Messages

In West Africa, market availability was adequate in March, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

01 May 2015 description

Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast. Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua) Uganda. In Mbarara and Kampala, matoke is most important commodity for all households.

01 May 2015 description
report People In Aid

In 2013, TPO Uganda introduced a new staff reward programme, made up of gifts in kind, to reward outstanding quality of work throughout the year. The HR department also organised a skills-building activity programme that enabled staff to reduce stress through structured exercises, including effective team building, zumba dance and relay exercises.

30 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The announced arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads.

30 Apr 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

Joshua Bukenya was barely a week old when he started having convulsions in March, 2014. His worried parents took him to be prayed over at a church near their home in eastern Uganda's Buyende district. At first, it seemed to work, said his mother, Mera. But, with time, it became clear that the child's head was growing abnormally large. In November, his mother brought him to the CURE Children's Hospital in the city of Mbale for treatment.

30 Apr 2015 description

Overview

Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

30 Apr 2015 description

By Lydia Wamala

Purchase for Progress (P4P) focuses on strengthening the capacity of farmers’ organizations (FO) to aggregate and sell commodities to quality buyers, such as WFP. Through partnerships with the government, indigenous and international NGOs, and others, P4P has provided smallholder farmers with the necessary training and equipment to increase their production, improve crop quality and strengthen FO marketing capacity.

30 Apr 2015 description

This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs.

29 Apr 2015 description
  • A continued absence of rainfall across northern Ethiopia expected to adversely affect crop and pastoral conditions.
  • Largely suppressed early season rains observed during the 2nd dekad of April over much of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

29 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DAVID NJAGI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY

  • An ongoing study shows that new stem borer species are colonising maize farms in the region, and could cost farmers about 88 per cent in crop losses.

  • The new stem borer species are projected to attack Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Ethiopia, according to Bruno Leru, the lead researcher of the IRD-Icipe programme.

Maize farmers in East Africa have been warned of a looming stem borer infestation weeks after the onset of the long rains.

29 Apr 2015 description

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Food security is expected to deepen for many vulnerable households as the lean period start by end April - May. Malnutrition levels are expected to worsen after May and are already above critical thresholds in parts of northern Kenya, eastern and southern Ethiopia, rural Djibouti, and south-central Somalia.

29 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

KAMPALA, 25 April 2015 – April 25th was World/Africa Malaria Day. Malaria remains the second killer disease among children under five, claiming 42 children daily and 1,095 annually according to the Uganda Demographic Health Survey 2011. As Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the day, the Government and partners called for more investments towards the reduction of malaria deaths especially among children and women who are more vulnerable.

29 Apr 2015 description

STRATEGIC SUMMARY

Burundi has made notable progress in the peace consolidation process since the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation agreement, which helped end the country’s long civil war. The upcoming 2015 general elections are considered as a critical milestone for the long-term peace and stability of Burundi. However, tensions continue to increase and the political landscape is marred by polarization and limited political space.

28 Apr 2015 description

IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds

Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015

Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:

28 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans increased during the month a c ro s s Ka ramo ja . Howeve r , households depending on markets for maize grain and sorghum were still better off compared to the same period last year while for beans were worse off.

  • There was a deterioration in terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against ma ize gra in compared to February. This was mainly a result of a 22% increase in maize grain prices during the month.

28 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 April 2015

Nepal: The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the country on 25 April has affected 8 million people. As of 28 April, 5,057 people have been reported dead, and more than 8,500 injured. Hundreds of thousands of people are living in tents, while the villages closest to the quake’s epicentre remain inaccessible.

28 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • In bi-modal rainfall areas, late and erratic rains affected first season crops in central and southern districts

  • Prices of matooke and beans increased by 20-40 percent between February and March in most markets

  • Food security concerns persist in parts of Karamoja region

Prospects for 2015 first season crops are uncertain in bi-modal areas due to erratic seasonal rains