This season’s crop performance was poor across much of southern Africa, particularly in the region’s surplus-producing areas. Preliminary estimates indicate that national maize harvests in South Africa and Malawi were the lowest in more than five years. However, as a result of above-average carry-over stocks from the 2014/15 marketing year, aggregate regional supply is expected to be near average. Countries with significant production deficits this year, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, will likely experience an early start of the lean season and limited food access for poor households.
Brazzaville, 2 July 2015 - As members of an EU/WHO/ACP partnership* to improve access to quality medicines meet in Brazzaville, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, praised progress made and called for greater commitment to ensure that Africans have access to the quality, affordable medicines they need.
HARARE— Sebastian Mhofu In Zimbabwe, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and other international aid organizations in partnership with the Zimbabwe government have started a new alliance that will provide technical, vocational and entrepreneurial skills training to thousands of young Zimbabweans over the next three years. The project aims to ease unemployment and living conditions in the impoverished country.
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In West Africa, market availability was adequate in May, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.
Maize grain and maize flour are the main foods consumed by all households in Zimbabwe. These food items are both produced locally and imported from neighboring countries particularly in the south western provinces of the country.
WASHINGTON DC— United States, Britain and Sweden today provided 8 million dollars for the second phase of the Zimbabwe Works project which will be used for providing technical, vocational and entrepreneurships skills to 22,500 young people in the next three years.
This follows the successful completion of phase one of the project which ran from 2012 to 2014 and benefitted 8,600 young Zimbabweans. It was funded by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID.
Climate change has seen Zimbabwe experiencing prolonged droughts, extended dry seasons, extreme hot summers and cold winters.
These sporadic changes in weather have had an effect on the strategies adopted by women in communal farming and how they use renewable energy sources. According to the SADC Gender Protocol Barometer Zimbabwe 2015, launched at the Gender Protocol Work Summit earlier this week, 59% of rural women in Zimbabwe work in communal lands and so they are most affected by changes in climate since they rely on rainfall for their livelihoods and domestic use.
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June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.
Maize grain demand and retail prices atypically high in southern areas
Acute food insecurity is currently Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in most northern areas and expected to continue through September. However, in the south, where drought-affected households are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2), the situation is expected to deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) between July and September.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
Parirenyatwa commended the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland for taking an initiative in building the health facility, in an area facing a shortage of clinics.
WASHINGTON— Health Minister David Parirenyatwa officially opened a clinic in Lutshe, Nkayi, Matabeleland North province, on Wednesday, where he commended the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland for taking an initiative in building the health facility, in an area facing a shortage of clinics.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years.
Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
The 2014/2015 Southern African rainfall season, which stretches from October to May , saw severe floods in the east of the region. The remainder of the region experienced poor rains that were late to arrive and irregular.
Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar were hit by multiple floods between December 2014 and April 2015 (accounting for 97% of all flood affected people) . A total of 10 tropical storm systems were monitored during the season, with tropical storms Chedza and Fundi affecting Madagascar in early 2015.
WASHINGTON DC— A survey released Monday by the International Republican Institute reveals that a majority of Zimbabweans are committed to participating in community discussions and decision-making forums, but are struggling to participate in these forums.
Regional crop production, especially for cereal, is expected to decrease as a result of the uncharacteristic and erratic 2014/15 rainfall season. Significant maize production declines from the five-year average are forecasted for Zimbabwe (37 per cent), Namibia (39 per cent), South Africa (22 per cent) and Malawi (22 per cent). The results of national vulnerability assessments, which are expected around late-July, will provide a clearer picture of the scale of food insecurity.
by Clayton Masekesa
Sofia Viriri (33) was in primary school when she lost both parents to AIDS-related illness. Alone with her three siblings and no income, the family sank into abject poverty. A few years passed, but life only became more difficult as immediate family members were not willing or able to provide support.
Just when it seemed that there was no hope left and that she would have to quit secondary school in 2007, live took a turn for the better.
Previously these vulnerable women had to endure travelling long distances to deliver their babies. In 2011 a new programme was introduced to reduce maternal mortality and to educate mothers on how best to care for their new-borns.
The programme is funded by the European Union under its Results Based Funding (RBF) programme.
Local communities in the province, through the Health Centre committees, are at the forefront of constructing these waiting homes and improving facilities at local health centres.
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