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06 Mar 2015 description

Heavy rainfall continues in Malawi, Madagascar; seasonal rainfall slow to start in southwestern Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated.

06 Mar 2015 description

A l'occasion de la Journée internationale de la femme, nous partageons les histoires de 25 femmes d'à travers le continent africain dont les vies se sont améliorées de manière radicale. Hommage rendu aux interventions financées par la Banque africaine de développement

Liliam Makosa
Projet de lutte contre les maladies animales transfrontalières, Zambie

06 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production prospects for 2015 are satisfactory, following improved rains since December after a delayed start

  • Record maize output estimated in 2014, resulting in large national stocks, including a sizeable exportable surplus

  • Maize prices continued to rise seasonally, but at subdued rate, reflecting ample supplies

  • Food security conditions are generally stable

Production prospects for 2015 maize crop are satisfactory

04 Mar 2015 description
  • Consistent heavy rains caused fatalities, flooding, and landslides in Madagascar.

  • A slow start to the rainy season observed in southwestern Ethiopia.

04 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• In the early stages (October-November) of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa significant rainfall deficits and delayed starts to the season were noted in the border areas of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. In contrast, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Botswana enjoyed a good start of the season.

03 Mar 2015 description

Kampala, 3 March 2015 — Climate stresses and limited adaptive capacity are increasing Africa´s vulnerability to climate change. For example, Uganda currently is exposed to impacts of climate change as a large majority of its total population is dependent economically on rain-fed agriculture.

01 Mar 2015 description

Crop conditions good in most parts of the country despite delayed start of season

Key Messages

Most households are currently facing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity, even at the peak of the lean season. The country has experienced a milder lean season as staple foods are readily available on the markets, while in surplus-producing areas many households are still accessing own-produced stocks with the poor households working for food.

27 Feb 2015 description

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.

27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

25 Feb 2015 description

Above-average rains were observed across saturated areas in Madagascar and northern Mozambique.

Dryness deepens across Angola, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and coastal Tanzania.

24 Feb 2015 description
report UN University

World Must Achieve International Water Goals to Preempt Looming Conflicts Born of Desperation: UN Report

Expect water supply of 2.9 billion people in 48 countries to fall short of needs in as little as 10 years

Corruption, siphoning 30% of water sector funding, must end for world development and security

Hold agriculture, energy sectors more accountable for water inefficiencies

22 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

Projects show ways to link agriculture, nutrition and food security in single program

WASHINGTON, February 19, 2015 — Three innovative, award-winning projects from Africa were highlighted at a global event on February 19, 2015, which was broadcast live from World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, D.C. The projects show how agriculture, nutrition and food security goals can be achieved in a single development program.

20 Feb 2015 description

Rainfall deficits expected to worsen in South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

16 Feb 2015 description

Due to a late onset of rains in most of the region, continued rainfall is needed until April

Key Messages

13 Feb 2015 description

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.

13 Feb 2015 description

Flooding risks continue over Madagascar and northern Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

11 Feb 2015 description

Tropical Storm Fundi brought torrential rains to Madagascar.

Below-average rains deepen rainfall deficits in Angola and Namibia.

11 Feb 2015 description
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Synthesis Report
Africa Outlook
Working Paper

NEWS: Better use of long-term climate information could reduce risks for African investments

London and Cape Town, Monday 9 February 2015 - African governments and businesses are putting their investments at risk from the long-term impacts of climate change because they are failing to take climate information into account, says a new report from the Overseas Development Institute and SouthSouthNorth for the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), launched today.

09 Feb 2015 description

KEY QUESTIONS

  • How did Zambia resolve the Presidential succession question?

  • What were the critical enablers of the peaceful transition and what role did they play?

  • What is the state of such critical enablers in Zimbabwe and can they enable a democratic transition?

  • What needs to be done to strengthen the transitional institutions?

ABSTRACT