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05 Aug 2015 description

Water is essential to human development and prosperity, but many people still live without reliable access to it. As the number of people in the world increases, water scarcity is forecast to worsen. The Safeguarding the World’s Water report documents USAID’s water sector activities that address key global challenges during fiscal year 2014. The report also shares progress made during the first year of implementing its Water and Development Strategy.

04 Aug 2015 description

Regional Overview

Madagascar

The municipal elections of 31 July was generally peaceful despite a number of irregularities reported. No official results have been published, but preliminary information indicates that the party of former President Marc Ravalomanana, TIM, won the capital Antananarivo, and the party of the former President of the Transition Andry Rajoelina, MAPAR, who won in others major cities. The political party of the current President is expected to win in rural areas.

Lesotho

03 Aug 2015 description

July 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations
    Colombia

August 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Turkey, Yemen

-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan

01 Aug 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.

01 Aug 2015 description

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. The markets monitored are the main markets that offer both wholesale and retail supply in the respective regions of the country.

01 Aug 2015 description

Atypically high cereal prices and reduced livelihood options lead to Stressed and Crisis outcomes

KEY MESSAGES

30 Jul 2015 description
report Voice of America

A fish farming project set up in Nyamuenda Village in Manicaland province a couple of years ago has become a bedrock of conserving local wetlands while providing nutritious food to 28 households in Nyanga North.

The flourishing project has even attracted unwanted visitors like birds that are feasting on the mouth-watering fish.

It all started with fish worth $400 provided by Zimbabwe’s Environmental Management Agency (EMA) in their quest to preserve local wetlands that play a critical role in purifying the ecosystem.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Drop Charges; Free Detained Sellers, Activists

(Johannesburg) – Police in Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, are carrying out a violent crackdown on unlicensed street vendors marked by beatings, destruction of their goods, and arbitrary arrests. Sixteen people remain in detention following their arrest on July 14, 2015, on apparent trumped-up charges of public violence.

29 Jul 2015 description

By Tawanda Majoni

HARARE, 29 July 2015 – Zimbabwe is working to build its communities’ capacity to understand and reduce disaster risk, in a country often confronted by floods or droughts, but poverty and unemployment can make action a challenge.

“There is a growing realisation that the best way to effectively deal with and prevent disasters is to promote an uptake in disaster risk reduction strategies,” Ms. Sibusisiwe Ndlovu, Zimbabwe’s Civil Protection Directorate Deputy Director, told UNISDR.

29 Jul 2015 description
report Voice of America

Jonga Kandemiiri
28.07.2015 18:59

WASHINGTON D.C.— Some private millers in Zimbabwe are expected to increase maize imports from Zambia with effect from September this year from 30,000 to 100,000 metric tonnes per month.

Tafadzwa Musarara, chairman of the Zimbabwe Grain Millers Association, said they recently met with officials from the Grain Millers Traders Association of Zambia and agreed to review the quantity upwards.

Poor logistics and tight border controls were said to be impacting on the maize imports.

28 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Poor rains in 2014/15 result in sharply reduced 2015 cereal harvest, with significant declines recorded in southern provinces

  • Larger maize import requirement estimated in 2015/16, reflecting lower domestic production

  • Food insecurity increases acutely in southern provinces

23 Jul 2015 description

By Jonathan Fowler

YAOUNDE, 22 July 2015 – African governments have begun sketching out a continent-wide plan to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, a 15-year global pact that seeks to rein in the impact of natural and man-made hazards.

On the eve of a key ministerial gathering in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, experts from across the continent probed ways to make sure that Africa’s disaster risk reduction dovetails with the Sendai Framework.

22 Jul 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, July 22, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

See the full press release

Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:

22 Jul 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:32 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

By Andrew Mambondiyani

HARARE, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Kenny Mabvumbe looked upset as he returned virtually empty-handed from the tobacco auction floors in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

22 Jul 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2016

21 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:07 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

MUTARE, Zimbabwe, July 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After her husband died in 2011, Theresa Matanda looked for a job in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, but with no success despite being a qualified accountant.

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21 Jul 2015 description

MSF warns successful global HIV response will require bigger emphasis on adherence

New MSF report surveying lay counsellor policies across eight countries highlights major weaknesses for adherence support