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27 Mar 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In this report ZPP highlights the risks that gold panners face at Kitsiyatota in Bindura as they try to eke a living. When ZPP team arrived at the site they were mobbed as gold panners thought they were ‘sponsors’. The gold panners tried to ‘sweet talk’ our team claiming that by just investing $100 a ‘sponsor’ would make a profit of about $800.

27 Mar 2015 description

Cholera Situation:

In Mozambique, 437 new cholera cases were reported since 19 March, which is a significant decrease from 843 new cases the previous week. All provinces registered a decrease in new cases between 22 and 25 March. The response is ongoing.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

27 Mar 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2015 forecast to decrease, largely due to drier weather in southern parts of the country

  • Reflecting strong recovery in 2014 cereal output, import requirements decreased, while prices remained below their year-earlier levels

  • Food security improved significantly in 2014/15, with an estimated 76 percent decline in number of people requiring assistance. However, conditions in 2015/16 are likely to be aggravated in areas where crop production is expected to decline

25 Mar 2015 description
  • Several anomalously dry areas expected to receive above-average rainfall during the next week.
  • Much of Ethiopia received a large increase in seasonal rains during mid-March.
25 Mar 2015 description
report IRIN

By Foster Dongozi

HARARE, 25 March 2015 (IRIN) - Children play on the dumpsite in the Budiriro suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, scrambling through the garbage and ignoring the clouds of flies and overpowering stench from the rotting, untreated waste.

25 Mar 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

  • Conflict in Iraq has disrupted food markets, leading to price hikes in Anbar, Salah Al-Din and Kirkuk. According to the 2014-2015 Strategic Response Plan, around 5.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, and over 2.5 million people are currently displaced.

25 Mar 2015 description
report Government of Japan

At a hand-over ceremony held in Domboshawa today, the Japanese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mr Yoshi Tendai Hiraishi, officially handed over a refurbished borehole drilling rig to the Government of Zimbabwe. The Minister of the Environment, Water and Climate, the Honourable Mr Saviour Kasukuwere, represented the Government of Zimbabwe.

25 Mar 2015 description

Hidroeletrica de Cahora Bassa (HCB), the company that operates the Cahora Bassa dam on the Zambezi river, has announced that it will spend 480 million meticais (US$14 million) on protecting HCB transmission lines from the effects of flooding.

This protection will involve strengthening the pylons on or near river banks. Broader and deeper foundations for the pylons will be built, which will be able to withstand the force of the waters during peak moments of a flood.

23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

23 Mar 2015 description

Regional Overview

Malawi
According to a recent Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) assessment, an estimated 615,837 people will need assistance for 2 to 5 months from March 2015 onwards, requiring an equivalent of 23,750 tons of maize.

The main air operations of the Logistics Cluster for the flood response will cease today, 23 March. Roads to previously isolated areas are re-opening.

20 Mar 2015 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

WFP in Zimbabwe operates through a Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO), which aims to preserve livelihoods and safeguard the nutritional status of chronically food insecure people by addressing the root causes of food insecurity and under-nutrition.

The PRRO focuses particularly on vulnerable groups such as children and those living with HIV/AIDS. The Country Strategy for Zimbabwe (2012-2015) outlines WFP’s plans to transition from food aid to food assistance and development.

18 Mar 2015 description
  • Heavy and above-average rains caused flooding and fatalities in western Angola.

  • Onset of the rainy season expected in Eastern Africa during the next week.

1) Since late December, a sharp reduction in rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across parts of southern Angola, western Zambia, northern Namibia into the Caprivi Strip region, and the Ghanzi and Ngamiland districts of Botswana. The continuation of suppressed rainfall is expected to negatively impact crops.

16 Mar 2015 description

Late last year, in December 2014, GAIN donated six iChecks kits worth $38,000 to Zimbabwe to help monitor the micronutrient content in fortified foods. Earlier this year GAIN staff went to Zimbabwe to hear about the role the kits have and will continue to play in delivering nutritious foods to local people.

16 Mar 2015 description

Overview

Mozambique has been experiencing a cholera outbreak since 25 Dec 2014. On 13 Feb 2015 the first case of cholera was registered in the neighbouring country of Malawi, where all cases have been linked to the cholera outbreak in Mozambique. In late Feb 2015 cholera cases were also confirmed in Zimbabwe. In Mozambique, Tete Province is the most affected, however there is a decreasing trend in the number of new cholera cases in Tete Province and in Mozambique.

16 Mar 2015 description

Mar. 2015 Southern African News Features by Kizito Sikuka - SANF 15 no 10

Late rains and floods that affected most parts of southern Africa late last year and early this year have subdued the overall food security situation in the region, which has otherwise been impressive over the last few years.

This was said by the SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Lawrence Stergomena Tax at the recent SADC Council of Ministers meeting held in Harare, Zimbabwe on 6-7 March.

13 Mar 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues in much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia. Dry weather is expected to continue during the next week, which is likely to increase moisture deficits in the region.