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Madagascar + 8 others
Southern Africa: Weekly Report (23rd to 29th September 2014)

Regional Overview

According to FEWSNET, regional cereal production estimates for 2013/14 show an increased availability by 17 per cent above last year and 19 per cent above the past five-year average. Cereal production is also 2 per cent above the regional annual requirements.

In Focus: Southern Africa Climate Outlook

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Zimbabwe + 1 other
South Africa to Start Deporting Zimbabweans

Voice of America

Tatenda Gumbo

WASHINGTON DC — South Africa has issued a deportation warning to all foreigners residing in the country illegally, including Zimbabweans who have failed to regularize their stay.

Speaking Sunday at a media briefing in Pretoria, Home Affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni, said Zimbabweans who failed to acquire residence permits in 2010, or regularize their stay in the country through other means will with effect from October be deported from South Africa.

Studio 7 was unable to reach Apleni for his comment on the pending deportations.

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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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Zimbabwe: Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) 2014 Rural Livelihoods Assessment Results

Key Findings

  • There is a decline in the proportion of food insecure households in all quarters compared to 2013/14.

  • Compared to last year the rate of increase from the 1st to the 2nd quarter was slower(0.68(2013/14) and 0.70(2012/13) but will become faster from 2nd to 3rd (0.53) and 0.47 last year and 3rd to 4th quarter(0.41) compared to 0.31 last year.

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Food Security Improves But Gaps Remain In Zimbabwe

Tomson Phiri — 26 September 2014

Buhera - The day starts early and ends late for Sekai Muzivi, a mother of four. Every morning, she walks seven kilometres from her village in Buhera to neighbouring farms to look for odd jobs. It is a daily gamble —sometimes she fails to find paid labour and even if she does, she is paid with only enough food for a few meals.

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World + 22 others
Le développement, seule réponse durable face au désespoir, affirment plusieurs Chefs d’État et de gouvernement


Assemblée générale
Soixante-neuvième session
9e & 10e séances plénières
Matin & après-midi

Au deuxième jour du débat général de la soixante-neuvième session de l’Assemblée générale, plusieurs chefs d’État et de gouvernement ont, aujourd’hui, insisté sur la nécessité de concentrer les efforts de la communauté internationale sur l’élimination de la pauvreté et la réduction des inégalités, deux fléaux qui alimentent l’extrémisme et le terrorisme.

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Zimbabwe Food Security Outlook Update, September 2014

Own production remains the main food source for most poor households


  • Most households across the country continue to access adequate supplies of staple food from own production and are experiencing Minimal acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 1).

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Beating the Virus: Community HIV Care in Zimbabwe

Every month, six neighbors from the same village, all of them HIV-positive, and stable patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART)—the treatment that keeps the virus in check—take turns picking up medicine for the others. This is the essence of so-called Community ART Groups (CAG), a simple, inexpensive initiative benefiting both members of the group and health facilities, started by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2013 in Zimbabwe’s Tsholotsho district.

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HIV positive students suffer discrimination

The Zimbabwean

Despite years of hard work by government agencies, NGOs and community groups, youths living with HIV and Aids are still stigmatised at school and in their communities.

HIV positive youths who spoke to The Zimbabwean strictly on condition of anonymity said stigma and discrimination continue to prevent them from accessing readily available HIV and Aids support services.

An HIV positive girl studying at the Midlands State University (MSU) said stigmatisation has become rife at the university where she said HIV positive students were mocked and given nicknames.

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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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Flood displaced Zimbabweans allege forcible resettlement


MASVINGO, 10 September 2014 (IRIN) - More than 3,000 families in Zimbabwe’s southeastern Masvingo Province who accuse the government of forcibly resettling them to small plots of undeveloped land, are facing hardships including a lack of adequate food, shelter, health and education facilities.


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Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) 2014 Rural Livelihoods Assessment

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC) conducted the annual Rural Livelihoods Assessment (RLA) number 13. The assessment is part of a comprehensive information system that informs Government and its Development Partners on programming necessary for saving lives and strengthening rural livelihoods in Zimbabwe. ZimVAC is the central pillar around which the Food and Nutrition Council (FNC) plans to build its strategy to fulfil Commitment number 6 of the Government of Zimbabwe’ s Food and Nutrition Security Policy (FNSP) and monitor the implementation of the ZimASSET.

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Schools to Seize Parents' Property for Failing to Pay Fees

Voice of America

Chris Gande, Jonga Kandemiiri 09.09.2014 17:54

Schools opened Tuesday amid reports that some headmasters have engaged the services of debt collectors to recover fees and levies owed from last term.

In rural areas some school heads were said to be using kraal heads and chiefs to demand livestock as payment for outstanding fees owed by parents.

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No Deaths Recorded in 2014 Zimbabwe Circumcision Ceremonies

Voice of America

Gibbs Dube

WASHINGTON DC— Some traditionalists say no deaths were recorded in the just-ended circumcision ceremonies in Zimbabwe as at least 10 boys bled to death in similar initiation schools in South Africa.

They say the country’s initiation schools in Mbembesi and some parts of Chipinge are run by highly trained people unlike in South Africa where some initiation schools are being conducted for business purposes.

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Expectant Mothers' Shelter Set to Eliminate Maternal Deaths

Voice of America

Taurai Shava

GWERU, MIDLANDS — Villagers in Shurugwi South say the opening of a home for expectant mothers at the biggest clinic in the area will help local pregnant women to have easier access to the health facility.

Some of the villagers who spoke to Studio 7 said the opening of the waiting mothers' shelter at Zvamavande Clinic in Shurugwi South would help reduce maternal deaths as more women would be able to deliver at the clinic rather than at their rural homes.

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Displaced Zimbabwe Villagers Taking Police to Court

Voice of America

VOA Staff

WASHINGTON DC— Reports say police are harassing displaced Chingwizi villagers, who were recently allocated plots at Nuanetsi Ranch, after they were stranded at a temporary shelter in Masvingo province due to lack of funds.

Attorney Kennedy Masiye of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says the situation may get out of hand if it is not stopped as the villagers feel that the police are overstepping their authority.

Some of the villagers claim that the police are terrorizing them at their new home.

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World + 30 others
Cachée sous nos yeux : Une analyse statistique de la violence envers les enfants

De nouvelles données recueillies au niveau mondial mettent en évidence la prévalence de la violence envers les enfants, déclare l’UNICEF

NEW YORK, 4 septembre 2014 – La plus importante collecte de données jamais effectuée sur la violence envers les enfants révèle l’ampleur stupéfiante des sévices physiques, sexuels et psychologiques qu’ils subissent et met en évidence les attitudes qui perpétuent et justifient cette violence, véritablement « cachée sous nos yeux » dans chaque pays et communauté du monde.