World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems
Rome, 19 December 2014 - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.
Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.
• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.
Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries
· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.
· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.
A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.
World Vision has scaled –up its advocacy work in the country with Gender Based Violence Survivor Support (GBVSS) project opening a “One Stop” centre in Keembe ADP which is reported to have high cases of teenage pregnancies and child marriage.
WV Zambia Board Member Miyanda Maimbo told guests at the official opening of the centre in Chibombo that scaling up advocacy interventions have been necessitated after observing high incidences of child marriage and teenage pregnancies.
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group, during its ordinary sitting on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Abidjan, approved a proposed ADF loan of US $39 million to the Republic of Zambia, and a grant of US $12 million from the Bank’s Transition Support Facility (TSF) and a grant of US $24 million from the African Development Fund Regional Operations (RO) envelope to the Republic of Zimbabwe for the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project.
By Miriam Gathigah
NAIROBI, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) - Mention gender inequality in AIDS and the fact that more women than men live with HIV pops up. But another, rarely spoken about gendered difference is proving lethal to men with HIV.
Research reveals that, across Africa, men have lower rates of HIV testing, enrollment on antiretroviral treatment, adherence, viral load suppression and survival, than women.
In Zambia, 63 % of adults starting ART are women.
Despite heavy rains in localized areas, rainfall deficits persist in East and Southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Low and poorlydistributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.
- After several weeks of suppressed rains, good rains are forecast in eastern Southern Africa. - Little rains expected in Eastern Africa.
1) Low and poorly-distributed seasonal OctoberDecember, Deyr, rains have led to moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits have persisted over many localized areas.
LUSAKA, Zambia – “Today, stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and key populations remain widespread,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in his statement commemorating World AIDS Day. “We must ensure that anyone at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections has access to condoms.”
Luanda - A tripartite accord involving Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia was signed recently to enable the return or legalisation of Angolan refugees resident in the above mentioned neighbouring countries.
The information was released on Thursday in Luanda by the Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti.
The minister was speaking to MPs during a session of the National Assembly (Parliament) on the State Budget for 2015, stressing the existence of three classes of citizens in those countries. They are refugee, resident and illegal.
Heavy rains may lead to flooding, landslides in Central America; early season dryness continues in Southern Africa
Low and poorly distributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness some dryness, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.
SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The season started slowly with a delays over most parts of the region. A delay of one or two dekad(s) was observed.
Over eastern part of the region covering the southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the southern Mozambique and northern part of South Africa was drier than normal.
Some wet spots were observed during this period, spreading over eastern DRC, west and south of Tanzania, central Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
Episcopal Relief & Development will expand its maternal and child health programs in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia through the Empowering Rural Communities to Improve Child and Maternal Health project. The project’s goal is to end preventable child deaths by promoting life-saving behaviors and increasing the availability and use of high-impact health services in areas where people live far from medical facilities.
Short season (Vuli) in bimodal areas of northern Tanzania starts well
Good late-November rains in south-east Botswana and north-west South Africa help to ease dry conditions
Delayed onset of rains in southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe
- Below-average rains observed over a wide portion of Southern Africa during the past week.
- Seasonal rains coming to an end in the Greater Horn of Africa.
1) Low and poorly distributed seasonal OctoberDecember, Deyr, rains have led to moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits have persisted over many localized areas.
Low and poorly distributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, eastern Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. The persistence of below-average rainfall in November is likely to reduce crop growth and limit the regeneration of pasture.