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12 Feb 2016 description

Déclaration commune PAM, FEWS NET, JRC et FAO

Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO) ; Réseau des systèmes d'alerte rapide aux risques de famine (FEWS NET) ; Centre commun de recherches de la Commission européenne (JRC) ; Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM).

12 Feb 2016 description

Joint statement by FAO, EC-JRC, FEWS NET and WFP

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; FEWS NET - Famine Early Warning Systems Network; JRC - European Commission's Joint Research Centre;WFP - World Food Programme

12 February 2016, Rome - Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

12 Feb 2016 description

1.0 Preamble

1.1 In accordance with Subsection (1) of Section 27 of the Civil Protection Act of 1989, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe His Excellency Cde R.G. Mugabe, on 4 February 2016declared a State of Drought Disaster following the impact of El Nino induced erratic rainfall. The influence of climate change cannot be ruled out. The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption needs as well as support for livelihoods, agriculture and wildlife.

09 Feb 2016 description

Harare, Zimbabwe | AFP | Tuesday 2/9/2016 - 18:01 GMT

Zimbabwe on Tuesday appealed to local businesses and charities for $1.5 billion (1.4 billion euros) aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought.

"The government of Zimbabwe requires a total of $1 572 009 953 with effect from February to December 2016," Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe's vice president told a news conference in the capital Harare.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description
report World Vision

9 February 2016, JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe has become the third country in Southern Africa to declare a disaster after Lesotho and Malawi amidst a prolonged drought that has resulted in food shortages. The United Nations estimates that 30 million people in the region are in dire need of food assistance. World Vision is calling on donor countries to increase the amount of food assistance available as the number of affected people is likely to increase.

09 Feb 2016 description


  • The current El Niño event is signalled to be the strongest and longest event in 35 years. For southern Africa, El Niño usually means less rainfall in most countries but high rainfall in northern Tanzania and DRC. Across vast areas of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana, this has been the driest October-December, since 1981.

  • Lesotho and Zimbabwe have declared a state of disaster following the affects of drought caused by El Niño. Most provinces in South Africa have also declared a state of disaster.

09 Feb 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu
08.02.2016 22:57

WASHINGTON DC—The World Food Program (WFP) is preparing to scale up food distribution in Zimbabwe following a declaration of a state of disaster by President Robert Mugabe last week.

The number of people needing food assistance is now being estimated at 2,4 million, as opposed to the 1,5 million estimated earlier.

Indications are that up to 3 million people may need of food aid in the country with a huge grain deficit.

09 Feb 2016 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:40 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shylet Mutsago, a 63-year-old who lives near the diamond fields of Marange, cannot hide her anger over how mining in this gem-rich part of eastern Zimbabwe has failed to improve the lives of local people.

Read the full article on AlertNet.

08 Feb 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 08 February 2016

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

Zimbabwe experienced a poor 2014/15 agricultural season characterized by dry spells in most parts of the country particularly in Masvingo and Matabeleland North and South Provinces. This has led to losses in agricultural production of an over 60% drop in cereal production as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MAMID). There is also loss of household incomes due to reduced labor opportunities in the agricultural sector.

07 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

WASHINGTON— The Zimbabwe Exiles’ Forum (ZEF) has commended the South African government for making changes to its asylum seeker permit procedures that have been introduced by the Department of Home Affairs at Marabastad Refugee Reception Office.

Gabriel Shumba of the ZEF said, “Not only do these changes make the application for asylum easy and convenient, they also remove rampant touting and corruption that was being experienced outside Marabastad.”

06 Feb 2016 description
report The Global Fund

PRETORIA, February 5, 2016 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and a Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM) representing a group of 10 Southern African countries today signed a landmark grant to pioneer innovative models to reduce high rates of TB in the mining sector.

05 Feb 2016 description

The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, the Pacific Islands, South East Asia and Central America will continue to be at risk of extreme weather, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout in certain areas includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; and forced displacement.

05 Feb 2016 description

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in rural parts of the country hit by a drought.

An estimated 2.4 million people are now in need of food aid, more than a quarter of the population.

Read the story on the BBC