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23 Mar 2017 description

Key findings:

  • Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya.

  • Food security is a concern in many of the affected countries. Disruptions to food availability or access may compound food insecurity.

  • Agriculture is an important source of income for much of the rural population in the affected countries. Crop damages are a concern and livelihood assistance is a major priority.

23 Mar 2017 description

Summary of key findings Despite specific conditions and characteristics particular to the southern route, this paper’s findings are generally consistent with the dynamics of migrant smuggling along all routes out of the Horn of Africa.
Using a combination of primary and secondary sources, as well as new data from the RMMS Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism Initiative (4Mi), the paper finds that migrant smuggling along the southern route continues to thrive and exposes migrants in mixed flows to high levels of abuse and risk.2

23 Mar 2017 description

Regional mixed migration summary for February 2017 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.

22 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar

• USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique

• Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Mar 2017 description
report UNAIDS

When Desire speaks about his role as a peer educator in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the energy and commitment to his work is unmistakable. Desire works in the North Star Alliance Clinic, which provides health services for hard-to-reach populations, mainly sex workers and truck drivers, while also offering services to the surrounding communities.

22 Mar 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

21 Mar 2017 description

by Busani Bafana | @maboys | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 20 March 2017 06:13 GMT

Drought-hit farmers are hoping for their first bumper harvest in years, but army worm pests and floods are lowering expectations

By Busani Bafana

GWANDA, Zimbabwe, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After plenty of rain, Isaac Siziba's maize fields looked set for a bumper harvest this season, similar to the one he gathered in 2014, before Zimbabwe suffered a long and punishing drought.

21 Mar 2017 description

Mwenezi East By-Election-Incident report

20 Mar 2017 description
report Start Network

SURGE RESEARCH TEAM:
LOIS AUSTIN, SARAH GROSSO AND GLENN O’NEIL
MARCH 2017

18 Mar 2017 description

17 February 2017, Harare - A three-day Regional Emergency Meeting discussing new transboundary crop and livestock pests in Southern Africa ended on 16 February 2017 with a call for increased investment in preparedness and response capacities to new and endemic threats in Southern Africa.

18 Mar 2017 description
report Voice of America

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Malawi has started registering new cases of cholera in areas bordering Mozambique, one week after the government in Malawi warned of a cholera outbreak in the neighboring country.

The disease — an acute diarrheal infection caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium — affects children and adults, and can kill within hours if left untreated.

Malawi last registered cholera cases in 2015, but now health authorities in Malawi say they have found new cases at a health center in Nsanje district bordering Mozambique.

18 Mar 2017 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.

18 Mar 2017 description

Large rainfall surpluses remain across broad areas of Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since late December, enhanced seasonal rainfall has resulted in large moisture surpluses and several floods. The risk of additional flooding remains high throughout Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and southwestern Tanzania.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits, low soil moisture, and poor crop prospects across parts of northeastern Mozambique.