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World + 11 others
Les pays en développement devraient recruter leurs étudiants en médecine et en soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales –L'épidémie du virus Ébola en Afrique occidentale est aggravée par la pénurie de personnel de la santé

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Zambia Price Bulletin September 2014

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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Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Ethiopia + 11 others
Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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World + 11 others
Medical and nursing students’ intentions to work abroad or in rural areas: a cross-sectional survey in Asia and Africa

A cross-sectional survey reveals that less than one fifth of medical and nursing students in developing countries intend to work in remote and rural areas, where they are needed most.

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Angola + 10 others
Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 1, 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

Four seasonal forecasts were issued at the SARCOF, covering the periods October to December 2014 (figure 1a), November 2014 to January 2015 (figure 1b), December 2014 to February 2015 (figure 1c), and January to March 2015 (figure 1d). According to the SARCOF, most of the SADC region is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall (light blue colours) throughout the forecast period. The exceptions are as follows:

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World + 15 others
Rainfall Forecast for the 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

The Eighteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) was convened from 27 to 29 August 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2014/2015 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2014 to March 2015 were prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

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Zambia: Vulnerability Assessment Results 2014 (Zambia VAC)

Key Findings

  • Households headed by females (57.3 percent) were more likely to be severely affected by floods than their male counterpart (49.7 percent).

  • The experience of the floods led to loss of income (35 percent); loss of assets (6.2 percent) with 4.4 percent of respondents claiming losses in both income and assets.

  • Production in households hit by shocks was lower than those that did not experience any shocks possibly leading to reported loss in income.

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World + 2 others
Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9 billion people by 2050

UN News Service

With demand for food set to increase 60 per cent, leaders at the UN Climate Summit aim to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions.

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Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to Nutrition in Zambia

Introduction – Turning Rapid Growth into Meaningful Growth: Sustaining the Commitment to Nutrition in Zambia

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GIEWS Country Brief: Zambia 22-September-2014


  • 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


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


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)

The regional summary of the 2014 national vulnerability assessment results for Southern Africa finds that the regional food insecure population has decreased by 25 per cent compared to last year.

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World + 7 others
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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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, September 2014


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


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


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

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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.