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27 May 2016 description

Household staple foods remain tight during the current harvest period

Key Messages

27 May 2016 description

Press Release

(26th May 2016) The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon which is affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives especially for women, children and the elderly in the region.

26 May 2016 description

Theme: Forced Monetary Contributions

Ordinary people across the country continue to be forced to contribute their hard-earned money to partisan celebrations. While a good number of the people would not mind as much if celebrations such as Independence Day, among others, were truly national the partisan complexion of the festivities in favour of the ruling party has served to put off many citizens. Not only that, the crippling poverty levels across the country also fuel resentment amongst the general populace.

Executive Summary

26 May 2016 description
report APOPO

APOPO and the Ministry of Defense of the Government of Zimbabwe have officially signed a historic agreement to allow APOPO to begin clearing landmines in the country.

Zimbabwe’s landmines were laid during the Liberation War of Independence (also known as The Second Chimurenga (Revolutionary War) of the 1970’s) by the army of Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe was then known). The Rhodesian military created lethal barriers along the border to Mozambique to keep liberation forces at bay.

26 May 2016 description

Note from the UN Resident Coordinator

I have witnessed how communities are struggling to cope with the harsh drought induced by the worst El Niño in 35 years.

I visited, together with officials from the Office of the President and Cabinet, and the Ambassadors of Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Malawi and Charge de Affaire of Angola, four hard-hit districts (Umguza, Bupi, Lupane and Binga) in Matabeleland North in mid-March 2016.

24 May 2016 description

IN NUMBERS

60 MILLION people affected globally at present.

32 MILLION people food insecure in Southern Africa.

10.2 MILLION people in Ethiopia need emergency food assistance.

50 PERCENT crop losses in Haiti due to El Niño-influenced drought.

HIGHLIGHTS

24 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Anita Powell
May 23, 2016 2:49 PM

JOHANNESBURG—
Severe food shortages in southern Africa are expected to grow dramatically worse by year's end, unless the world does something soon.

African aid experts say they worry that the continent’s crippling drought may fall behind crises in conflict-ravaged nations like Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, as international aid officials converge this week for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

18 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

HARARE —

Some Zimbabweans say they normally travel long distances to access health care in clinics and hospitals despite constitutional provisions compeling the government to provide this basic right to its citizens.

The southern African nation is facing serious socio-economic problems, a situation that has resulted in various challenges in health institutions, including critical shortages of drugs and manpower like doctors and nurses.

Villagers in Mutoko communal lands, Mashonaland East province, are among millions of people with little access to health care.

17 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

17 May 2016 description

Johannesburg, 17 May 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has announced a major, 110 million Swiss franc, four year initiative to support National Red Cross Societies respond to the drought that is affecting millions of people across southern Africa. The initiative will increase Red Cross relief activities significantly, alongside an important expansion of long-term efforts to strengthen the resilience of 1 million vulnerable people.

17 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Sebastian Mhofu

MUDZI, ZIMBABWE — The land is dry, as are the rivers in southern Africa, where crops are scarce and 28 million people are hungry. The children show more life than the adults during this El Nino-induced drought in Mudzi district about 250 kilometers east of Harare, one of the hardest hit areas in Zimbabwe.

Elhadj As Sy, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, went to southern Africa to assess the food insecurity situation.

16 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Increased rains in March-April have marginally improved harvests in some districts, but overall crop situation remains bleak, and food insecurity is anticipated to spike as from July in all districts, as available stocks deplete.

  • WFP’s 2016/17 El Niño Response Plan faces a US$43.5 million funding gap up to October 2016. A gap of US$199 million remains for the total response through March 2017.

16 May 2016 description

As Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) we have been following with keen interest developments around the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) Bill and welcome the withdrawal of the Bill from Parliament. We hope the withdrawal will result in a better Bill that is not only in line with Constitution but also addresses all the issues raised on it to date.