The Government of Rwanda, The Republic of Zambia and UNHCR have vowed to engage coordinated efforts in order to find durable solutions for about 4,000 of Rwandans in Zambia who lost refugees status following the invocation of the Cessation Clause in June 2013.
The three parties reiterated their commitment as they winded up a two-day tripartite meeting held in Kigali on 24-25 March 2015.
- Widespread, favorable rains observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
- Below-average rainfall persists in central Ethiopia.
1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Low seasonal precipitation totals and untimely dry spells has negatively affected ground conditions and is likely to lead crop reductions for several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.
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Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.
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.
Dry spells since February to reduce crop yields in southern and eastern Zambia
- Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
- Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe
Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique
Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region
Dryness extends across much of Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.
Below-average rainfall over the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits, which have impeded crop development across the bimodal region of northern Tanzania. Little to no rainfall is forecast during the next week, which may worsen the situation.
Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.
Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.
1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.
This review of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in health care facilities in low resource settings is the first comprehensive, multi-country analysis on the topic. It highlights low access in many countries and specific actions needed to strengthen policy, implementation and monitoring.
Posted by Heather Freitag on Monday, March 16th 2015
It takes just 6 inches of moving water to knock a person to the ground. Flash floods, as their name suggests, come on quickly. But given the proper tools, experts can make flood predictions using real-time measurements and give warnings to get people out of harm’s way.
The problem is, many flood-prone countries cannot afford enough of these expensive weather systems to properly monitor the weather.
Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.
1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.
DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.
•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.
Keiko Inoue, Emanuela di Gropello, Yesim Sayin Taylor, and James Gresham