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19 Jan 2017 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall over the past several weeks has sustained moisture deficits and resulted in degraded ground conditions across many parts of Uganda, Kenya, bimodal and unimodal areas of Tanzania, northern Malawi, and northern Mozambique.

18 Jan 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

MASVINGO, Zimbabwe – Two years ago, Evermore left school at the age of 14 to marry a 23-year-old man. Her marriage quickly deteriorated to the point of her husband beating her and denying her food. She was miserable, stressed and scared.

After four months, Evermore appealed to her parents to help her leave the marriage.

18 Jan 2017 description

Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) is concerned that even as untoward behaviour is condemned with every by-election that has been conducted since 2013 it seems no one is moved and they continue to perpetrate violence with impunity. The situation in Bikita West is cause for concern as the rights of the electorate are being flagrantly violated. The constituency has reported threat to life, physical violence, partisan food distribution, vote buying, deployment of soldiers, unwarranted voter assistance and intimidation by traditional leaders.

18 Jan 2017 description
report Voice of America

HARARE — In Zimbabwe, doctors and aid organizations have called on the government to improve the country’s water and sanitation amid a typhoid outbreak.

Authorities have started dismantling vendors' malls as part of efforts to contain the outbreak that has struck more than 200 people in the capital, Harare, killing two, and has been detected in other parts of Zimbabwe.

Vendors say authorities must ensure citizens have adequate clean water and sanitation.

17 Jan 2017 description

Avant-propos

“La Résolution 46/182 des Nations Unies reste aussi pertinente et fondamentale aujourd’hui qu’en décembre 1991 et les principes d’humanité, de neutralité, indépendance et d’impartialité qu’elle contient continuent de guider une assistance humanitaire stratégique, coordonnée et efficace aux personnes qui en ont besoin”

17 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP El Niño response scaled-up by 28 percent to reach 1 million people in December.

  • WFP commences the Moderate Acute Malnutrition treatment programme in 6 of the most affected districts.

  • USD5.6 million received from Canada, China, Finland and Russia towards WFP’s El Niño response.

  • The ZimVAC rapid assessment is planned for January in order to updated the findings of the July 2016 Rural Livelihoods Assessment and identify recovery needs.

Situation Update

14 Jan 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JULY 2017

14 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Rains improved in many areas that were affected by severe drought last season

  • Poor rains have been received in Tanzania and parts of Madagascar, with likely impacts on crop production in affected areas

  • An armyworm outbreak has affected the region, with reports of outbreaks in Zambia,
    Zimbabwe and Malawi. The outbreak in Zambia is particularly severe

Regional Summary

14 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:54 GMT

The pest which can eat through vast areas of crops if left unchecked is affecting most provinces

HARARE, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Zimbabwean farmers in the maize growing regions face a threat from the armyworm, a pest that consumes vast fields of crops if left unchecked, a government official said.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

14 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The cumulative number of children aged 6-59 months who were treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the 20 priority districts with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels (5% and above) at the end of November 2016, was 6,189.

12 Jan 2017 description

Introduction

The Lessons Learned Portal Project is a recommendation by participants of the February 2015 Expert Forum in Antalya, Turkey, a gathering of more than 90 participants that focused on “Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned about Hydro-meteorological Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate.”

12 Jan 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mhofu

HARARE, ZIMBABWE — International aid groups have begun helping Zimbabwe fight an outbreak of typhoid. Some stakeholders say President Robert Mugabe’s government has not been taking the outbreak seriously.

Officials say the waterborne disease, which has struck more than 200 people in Harare, killing two, has been detected in other parts of Zimbabwe.

Health Minister David Parirenyatwa is appealing for international assistance, citing help the country received during a major cholera outbreak in 2008.

12 Jan 2017 description

Highlights:

  • ‘Market estimates for South Africa’s 2016/17 total maize production vary between 11.7 million tons and 13.0 million tons, which is well above the previous season’s output of 7.5 million tons. If this materializes, South Africa would return to be a net exporter of maize as domestic annual consumption is just 10.5 million tons’– Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za.) '

12 Jan 2017 description

Malawi's outbreak follows one in neighbouring Zambia, where the military has been deployed to battle the bugs, and Zimbabwe

LILONGWE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Malawi, which was hit by a crippling drought last year, has become the third southern African nation to report an outbreak of armyworms, a voracious pest that devours maize and other crops.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

12 Jan 2017 description

Heavy rainfall is expected to provide relief for southeastern Africa, but will increase the risk of flooding

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

11 Jan 2017 description

"With this past drought, water was very scarce and we have realised that every drop counts," says one traditional leader

By Andrew Mambondiyani

MARANGE, Zimbabwe, Jan 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kuziwa Matongo's rainwater harvesting system may not look like much, but its impact is huge.

Triangular metal gutters run below the corrugated roofs on all the buildings at his home, transporting water into storage tanks below.

11 Jan 2017 description

The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights (ZADHR) continues to be worried and appalled by the failure by the City of Harare and the Government of Zimbabwe to stem the continued spread of typhoid and failure to prioritize safe, clean water and environment as key tenets of a strong primary healthcare system.

While acknowledging the efforts by the authorities to date in responding to the outbreak we remain unsatisfied with level of intervention which, though important at curative stage fail to acknowledge and introspect into the actual causes of the outbreak.