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.
Agency Reports and Open Source Data
Most of our knowledge about humanitarian security hot spots comes from publicly-reported events. This briefing summarizes confidential information from 10 agencies about a range of security events, from those that severely affect staff to those that affect agencies’ ability to deliver aid.
Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected
The preliminary results of the municipal elections were published by the National Election Independent Committee, with the HVM (the ruling party) winning 60% of municipalities hence the the majority. The TIM (former President Ravalomanana’s party) came second with approximately 17% of municipalities. The MAPAR (former High Transitional Authority President Rajoelina's party) won 10% of municipalities while independent candidates got 13% of municipalities.
Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Working alongside public health and other systems, community responses are critical to the success and sustainability of the global response to HIV.
Poor Record in Several Member States
(Johannesburg, August 17, 2015) – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should take concrete steps to improve respect for human rights among member states and strengthen regional human rights institutions, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 17 and 18, 2015, in Gaborone, Botswana, for their 35th summit.
International Envoys Call for Restraint and Urge Resumption of Dialogue in Burundi
Smallholder farmers, and particularly women, are on the frontline in the fight against hunger and climate change in southern Africa. Unequal access to resources, poor access to finance and limited linkages to markets to sell their produce impose critical constraints, and food insecurity and poverty are the direct outcomes of this failure. In countries such as Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, between a quarter and half of the population are classified as being chronically undernourished.
Regional maize supplies in southern Africa are expected to be below average over the remainder of the 2015/16 marketing year (Figure 1). Every country in the region is expected to have a deficit , except South Africa, Zambia, and Tanzania , which will have below - average exportable surpluses. As regional maize production is not adequate to meet requirements , large and atypical supply gaps are likely .
Welcome to the August 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 on the ACLED website, and are also available through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS).
Youth living on the streets of South Africa are often faced with severe poverty, lack of education, abandonment, abuse and exploitation. Many have also been affected by HIV/AIDS as the country has been the hardest hit by the epidemic. To address these issues, the Salesian-run Life Choices organization has been providing health education, leadership classes, life skills training and HIV/AIDS services that have impacted more than 138,000 youth since its inception in 2005. Originally started with the support of the U.S.
Water is essential to human development and prosperity, but many people still live without reliable access to it. As the number of people in the world increases, water scarcity is forecast to worsen. The Safeguarding the World’s Water report documents USAID’s water sector activities that address key global challenges during fiscal year 2014. The report also shares progress made during the first year of implementing its Water and Development Strategy.
The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.
Leading HIV researchers describing results from multiple clinical trials in sub-Saharan Africa report that innovative service delivery models are achieving results across the HIV treatment cascade that approach or exceed the 90–90–90 target.
Tali Cassidy, Melikaya Ntshingwa, Jakub Galuszka, and Richard Matzopoulos
Evaluating complex violence reduction interventions poses a wide variety of challenges, ranging from negotiating relationships between partners with different goals to nurturing community engagement and buy-in to the process.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:07 GMT
Author: Andrew Mambondiyani
MUTARE, Zimbabwe, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After her husband died in 2011, Theresa Matanda looked for a job in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, but with no success despite being a qualified accountant.
Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation
MSF warns successful global HIV response will require bigger emphasis on adherence
New MSF report surveying lay counsellor policies across eight countries highlights major weaknesses for adherence support