African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
Pretoria - South Africa needs to reduce the rate of HIV transmission amongst its youth, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Speaking at the 7th South African Aids Conference, in Durban, the Deputy President said the results of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey raised a deep concern about the rate of new HIV infections in the country.
A quarter of new HIV infections in the world occur in South Africa, sadly.
The HSRC survey also showed that one in four of these new infections occurs among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.
Pretoria – Government has warned that crop yields are estimated to be low for this year, as compared to last year.
This is due to late rains in some summer rainfall areas during the 2014/15 summer season and the very dry conditions that were experienced during January and February 2015 which affected crop production in some parts of the country.
These conditions mostly affected rain-fed farmers, rather than those farming under irrigation.
Pretoria – Despite widespread outrage over Operation Fiela, the operation is making inroads in maintaining peace and order, while creating a conjunctive environment for all the people who are living in South Africa to participate freely in economic and social activities.
The operation, which was launched in April following the outbreak of attacks against people from other countries, has seen 3 914 arrested.
These include 1 650 foreign nationals who were arrested for not being documented as well as 2 264 South African citizens arrested in connection with various crimes.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.
Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.
Regional crop production, especially for cereal, is expected to decrease as a result of the uncharacteristic and erratic 2014/15 rainfall season. Significant maize production declines from the five-year average are forecasted for Zimbabwe (37 per cent), Namibia (39 per cent), South Africa (22 per cent) and Malawi (22 per cent). The results of national vulnerability assessments, which are expected around late-July, will provide a clearer picture of the scale of food insecurity.
A. REGIONAL UPDATE
NAIROBI, 17 June 2015 - World leaders will gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month to focus on the issue of global development financing. The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) is another key milestone in the post-2015 development agenda aimed at reducing extreme poverty by 2030.
A. REGIONAL UPDATE
15 juin 2015
Des appels sont lancés pour privilégier une perspective globale axée sur l'aide au développement sur une approche sécuritaire des migrations
Le Conseil des droits de l'homme a tenu, cet après-midi, un «dialogue renforcé» sur le thème des droits de l'homme des migrants.
15 June 2015
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an enhanced interactive dialogue on the human rights of migrants.
The Stop TB Partnership launched an online consultation process today to engage a wide group of stakeholders in developing the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020. The development of the Global Plan seeks to be as inclusive as possible, and the online consultation (http://stoptbplan2020.org/) aims to reflect a diverse range of input, including the voices of people, professional groups and TB constituencies who may not have been reached previously. The consultation process will run from 10 June to 10 August 2015.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Welcome to the June issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.
Advice for disaster risk reduction specialists and protected area managers on how best to use protected area systems as effective buffers, to prevent natural hazards from developing into unnatural disasters
Nigel Dudley, Camille Buyck, Naoya Furuta, Claire Pedrot, Fabrice Renaud and Karen Sudmeier-Rieux
State of Food Insecurity in Africa shows progress in halving the proportion and the number of hungry people by 2015
Seven countries have reached targets set by the Millennium Development Goals and World Food Summit
Nouveau rapport sur l’État de l’insécurité alimentaire en Afrique sub-saharienne : progrès dans réduction de moitié de la proportion des personnes souffrant de la faim et de la malnutrition d’ici à 2015
Sept pays ont atteint les cibles fixées par les Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD) et le Sommet mondial de l’alimentation (SMA).
Pretoria (ICRC) – The ICRC and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have recently concluded a memorandum of understanding that will strengthen relations between them and improve coordination of their activities.
The memorandum was signed on 15 May in Gaborone, Botswana, by Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the executive secretary of the SADC, and Jürg Eglin, the head of the ICRC's regional delegation in Pretoria.