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Vulnerable groups get irrigation lifeline

The Zimbabwean

by Pamenus Tuso

When Portia Mucharemba and other ward 19 villagers in Shurugwi were relocated from their homesteads and farming plots in 2000 to pave the way for the Anglo-Platinum Unki Mine, their world seemed to have collapsed.

Mucharemba and other farmers were settled in the area in 1982 during the first and orderly phase of the government’s resettlement programme. Until their relocation from the area, the farmers had been surviving thanks to an old irrigation scheme left by the previous white owner of the farm.

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Hunger tightens grip in Chingwizi

The Zimbabwean

by Regerai Tukutuku

Hunger and starvation have tightened their grip at the Chingwizi holding camp where more than 3,000 people displaced by the floods along the Tokwe Mukosi basin are now living.

It has emerged that the food donations that have been pouring in were damaged due to poor storage facilities at the holding camp, leaving the villagers with nothing to eat.

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Zimbabwe: Food Security Emergency Appeal MDRZW008 Operation Update n° 3

Summary: The rains have been good in most parts of Zimbabwe during the early months of 2014. This has created hope for a good harvest starting in April/May and on the other hand the rain has also caused floods and damage to people’s homes and livelihoods.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 11-17, 2014

Locally heavy rainfall may ease moisture deficits in parts of western Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. These long-term moisture deficits may negatively impact developing crops and pastoral areas. However, precipitation forecasts indicate the potential for locally heavy rainfall in the Benguela and Cuanza Sul provinces, which may provide some relief to moisture stress in the country.
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Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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IOM Supports Cross Border Campaign to Eliminate Malaria in Southern Africa

Malaria is a major global public health problem affecting over 109 countries globally and ranked as the fifth cause of deaths among communicable diseases worldwide. Because of increasing internal and cross-border movements of people, Southern Africa is one of the world's high-risk malaria zones.

IOM will now back a cross border and regional campaign to reduce and eliminate malaria transmission in targeted border districts within the southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region.

International Organization for Migration:

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Zimbabwe’s Urban Farmers Combat Food Insecurity — But it’s Illegal

By Ignatius Banda

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Apr 10 2014 (IPS) - It is harvest season in Zimbabwe and Janet Zondo is pressed to find space on the piece of land she is farming to erect a makeshift granary. Zando says she could very well build a miniature silo, judging by the size of the maize crop that she is preparing to harvest.

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More research needed on TB treatment defaulters

The Zimbabwean

Manicaland, Midlands and Chitungwiza provinces recorded the highest number of people who defaulted on tuberculosis treatment, according to the health ministry.

In his National TB Control Programme overview, the Deputy Director in the AIDS/ TB Programmes, Charles Sandy, said although there was considerable improvement on the treatment outcome, the number of defaulters called for more research.

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UNICEF gives millions to WUA

The Zimbabwean

The United Nations Children’s Fund last week donated goods worth millions of dollars to the Women’s University in Africa (WUA) to support the introduction of a post graduate diploma in Child Sensitive Social Policies.

The donation included a vehicle, borehole and water reservoir tanks, a generator and a media centre with computers and electronic information.

Hope Sadza, the founder and Vice Chancellor of the WUA, said students struggled to study because of frequent power outages and water challenges.

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Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 10 – April 16, 2014

  • Average to above average seasonal rainfall continues throughout many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

  • The weakening of precipitation associated with the departure of the monsoon was observed across southern Africa.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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The African Union commemorates International Mine Awareness Day

African Union

Addis Ababa, 4 April 2014: The Commission of the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the United Nations Mine Action Services (UNMAS), the United Nations Office to the AU (UNOAU) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), today, marked the International Mine Awareness and Assistance Day. To this end, an event was organized at the AU Headquarters.

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Communities struggle to rebuild their lives following devastating floods

Fadzai Tshuma was woken by her neighbours’ screaming in the early hours of 3 February. Awake and in a panic, she then heard the sound of water rushing through her village and into her home.

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Life-saving medicine for premature babies in Zimbabwe

Posted April 1st, 2014 by Christina Parsons

NIAGARA FALLS (April 1, 2014) -The last time Dr. Artaj Singh visited Zimbabwe, he came back to Canada eager to obtain a special medicine that is used to help pre-term babies survive.

“Dr. Greg Powell, Neonatologist at Zimbabwe’s Harare General Hospital, had told me that they lose many pre-term babies because their lung function is not developed enough and having lung surfactant could help address this,” said Dr. Singh, Lead Physician at Primary Care Niagara. “I was very motivated to return to the country with this medicine.”

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SADC Climate Services Centre - Outlook for April– June 2014


Significant rainfall was received in most parts of SADC as a result of an active inter-tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) and the attendant active tropical incursions into the region. The eastern part of the contiguous SADC and the highland states received the highest rainfall.

The seasonal anomalies to date indicated:

  • Above normal rainfall conditions stretching from eastern Namibia to Southern Mozambique, Mauritius and parts of Madagascar

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Price Watch February 2014 Prices


  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 3 – April 9, 2014

  • The continued suppression of rainfall suggests an early cessation of the monsoon over parts of southern Africa.
  • Increased rains observed over the Afar and highland regions of Ethiopia during late March.

1) Heavy and above-average rains over the past few weeks have increased rainfall surpluses and resulted in flooding across the Omusati region along the Angola-Namibian border. The inundation has led to the closure of several schools in the area. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast to continue during the next week.

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Living on the edge: Zimbabwean communities and anti-personnel mines [Video]

Since 2012, ICRC has been working with ZIMAC to enhance the capacity and skills of its deminers to search for, clear and destroy anti-personnel mines in south-eastern Zimbabwe.