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28 Jul 2016 description

Whilst Zimbabwe has made significant food security and nutrition gains, the year-on-year situation remains highly dependent upon increasingly erratic rainfall patterns that have deteriorated as a result of the El Nino event in the region. Chronic undernutrition remains relatively high and, despite some improvement, 28 percent of children under five years of age are stunted. Dietary diversity is poor and consumption of protein is insufficient. The prevalence of HIV and AIDS has declined but remains high at 13.7 percent – the fifth highest globally.

27 Jul 2016 description


  • Botswana is the latest country to declare a State of Emergency due to the ongoing drought, joining Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additionally, eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, typically accounting for 90 percent of the country’s maize production, have been declared drought disaster areas.

  • WFP is significantly scaling-up food & nutrition programming to reach 11.9 million people, undertake technical analysis and provide supply-chain capacity support to national and regional action.

27 Jul 2016 description

The Southern African Development Community declared a Regional Disaster and launched an Appeal amounting to U$2.4 billion to support the humanitarian needs and disaster response recovery of millions of people affected by the El- Niño-induced drought in the region. The declaring of the Regional Disaster and the launch of the Appeal was announced today the 26th of July 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, by His Excellency Lt. General Dr.

26 Jul 2016 description


  • 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
  • ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
  • USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region

Key Developments

  • Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
26 Jul 2016 description

Several Dutch aid organisations have joined their efforts to help drought victims in Somalia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. Millions of people are in acute need. The organisations, united as the Dutch Relief Alliance (DRA), offer relief aid as a well as long term aid, to help the people recover.


26 Jul 2016 description
report Peace Direct

25 July 2016: Between 2008 and 2009, Zimbabwe experienced a devastating social, economic and political crisis. Despite an impressive recovery, when Edward Chinhanhu visited Harare recently he found worrying signs that the old crisis was returning.

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description

In Southern Africa, the effects of the 2015/16 El Niño event continue to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agropastoralists. Two, and in some cases three, consecutive seasons of drought and poor harvests have particularly hit vulnerable families, as prices of staple foods have risen and their own production fallen. Lack of water and pasture has also severely constrained livestock production. Almost 40 million people are expected to face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season (late 2016/early 2017).

26 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

25 Jul 2016 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.

22 Jul 2016 description

(Antananarivo, 22 July 2016) Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.

21 Jul 2016 description
report AidData

July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

21 Jul 2016 description


  • WFP has updated its 2016-17 El Niño Response Plan to align with increased needs according to the June 2016 ZimVAC assessment, where an estimated 4.1 million people will be food insecure by January 2017.

  • The Government of Japan has contributed USD 2.9 million to WFP’s Response, bringing down the funding gap through March 2017 to USD 151 million.

  • Through its June distribution cycle, WFP provided Lean Season Assistance to 260,946 people.

21 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Worst drought in decades leading to a rise in child malnutrition

Thousands of children in Zimbabwe could be facing starvation by Christmas unless the country gets more help to deal with the impact of one of the worst droughts in living memory, Save the Children warns today.

The food shortage is most acute in the district of Binga, only four hours’ drive from the well-stocked tourist hotels and restaurants of Victoria Falls.

20 Jul 2016 description


  • El Niño-related drought causes sharp reduction in 2016 cereal output

  • Increased cereal import requirements in 2016/17

  • Approximately half of rural population in southern provinces are food insecure on account of drought impact

Sharply lower crop production in 2016, driven by El Niño drought conditions