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GIEWS Country Brief: Zambia 22-September-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Forecasts point to overall favourable rains for the 2014/15 cropping season (October-June)
  • Record maize crop harvested in 2014, significantly improving supplies in the 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)
  • Maize prices rise marginally in August, following strong declines in previous month
  • Overall, food security conditions stable, however, approximately 350 000 people require food assistance as a result of reduced food production
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Quenching the thirst: Irrigating the farmlands of Zambia

COPING WITH FLOODS AND DROUGHTS

In Zambia, agriculture accounts for 20% of the country’s GDP, and the output feeds over half of its population. In recent years, unreliable rainfall has caused frequent, intensive floods or droughts, which strike hard on Zambia’s rain-fed farmland. Extreme weather threatens millions of hectares of rain-fed farms and the livelihoods of many pastoral nomadic groups.

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World + 2 others
UNICEF launches ‘app store for good’

New open-source software platform for international development

NEW YORK, 22 September 2014 – UNICEF today launched RapidPro – an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.

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Zambia Food Security Outlook Update September 2014

Maize prices start to fall as farmers increase sales to the private sector

KEY MESSAGES

Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity is expected countrywide through December 2014, with poor households providing labor in exchange for basic staple food.

Recent maize price decreases in September, despite higher-than-usual FRA purchase prices, may reflect panic selling by some farmers who still hold large grain stocks. These lower prices should improve poor market-dependent consumers’ access to maize.

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Regional Summary of 2014 SADC National Vulnerability Assessment Results (as of 22 September 2014)

Overview 2013/14 Crop Production Season

Well distributed rains were received in most parts of the region facilitating good production in most countries

Late start of the season in north-eastern and some southern parts of the Region, including parts of Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Secretary Kerry Keynotes Frontiers in Development Forum - Announces New Health Commitments by PEPFAR and a Global Resilience Challenge by USAID

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 20, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry delivered keynote remarks yesterday morning at the second Frontiers in Development Forum convened by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2015

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Madagascar + 21 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Report for August with a Forecast till Mid-October, 2014

Summary

The Desert Locust (SGR1) situation remained calm in winter, spring and summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region in August and only low density adults were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad, and a similar situation is highly likely in northern Mali where the ongoing security situation continuous undermining survey operations. No locusts were reported in Algeria, Libya, Morocco or Tunisia during this month.

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Lesotho + 1 other
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (9th to 15th September 2014)

Regional Overview

Lesotho

Political turmoil continues as parties have reportedly failed to reach consensus on the opening of Parliament. A special SADC meeting is due to be held in South Africa today, where the political situation and pressing security issues in Lesotho will be a key focus.

In Focus: Zambia

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief August 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 External needs in FEB. ?

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World + 5 others
Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

The number of people with one hectare of agricultural land in Kenya dropped by 17 percent over the last decade, and by 13 percent in Zambia and 16 percent in Uganda, according to the FAO.

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World + 9 others
Improving links between smallholder farmers and school feeding programmes

Home Grown School Feeding programmes implemented by governments with the support of partners, including WFP, are increasingly providing assured markets for smallholder farmers. At least half of the 20 P4P pilot countries report linking smallholder farmers’ organizations to school feeding programmes. By strengthening government ownership and fostering community engagement, this should enhance sustainability.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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World + 7 others
The Limits and Possibilities of Prepaid Water in Urban Africa: Lessons from the Field

Report
World Bank

A study provides a basis for decision-making on the suitability, introduction, and management of prepaid water for urban poor communities.

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Swaziland + 13 others
Southern Africa: HIV and AIDS Snapshot (as of August 2014)

Situation Overview: HIV and AIDS

The SADC region accounts for some of the highest HIV prevalence levels in the world. An estimated 14.6 million people in the region, are living with HIV. Women account for more than 50% of those living with HIV in the region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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Zambia Price Bulletin August 2014

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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.

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ChildFund, in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, launches nurse-training program for Zambian youth

Innovative $7.6 million e-learning program will train 6,000 young people to become nurses and midwives and expand capacity of nursing schools in Zambia

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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.