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Zimbabwe + 10 others
Vulnerability to Climate Change: Water Resource Stress and Food Insecurity in Southern Africa

From the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

Executive Summary

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable populations in the developing world. Rising temperatures, increasingly severe floods and droughts, and sea-level rise threaten economies that are reliant on agriculture, in countries whose governments lack adaptive capacity, and in areas where populations have little access to healthcare and education.

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Zimbabwe + 4 others
Zimbabwe Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin Number 126 Epidemiological week 34 (week ending 28 August)

Highlights

  • No Cholera cases reported

  • 16 suspected measles cases were reported

Contents

A.General context

B.Epidemic prone diseases

C.Events of public health importance in the region

D.Preparedness

E. Timeliness and completeness of data

F. Recommendations for action/follow up G.Annexes:

1: Standard case definitions and alert/action epidemic thresholds

2: National summary of cases/deaths by condition by week

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Agriculture Coordination Working Group Journal: August 2011, Number 63

  • National Guidelines for the 2011/12 Agriculture Support Programme

  • Small holder Purchase Patterns: Findings from the 2010/11 Input Voucher Programme

  • Report on Urban Agriculture

  • Contribution of Urban Agriculture to livelihoods

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Kimberley Process Members Urge Diamond Watchdog To Sharpen Zimbabwe Focus

Report
Voice of America

Participants discussed Harare’s failure to fully implement a joint work plan agreed by Zimbabwe and the Kimberley Process in 2009 that was intended to address deficiencies in Marange field operations

Sandra Nyaira | Washington

A number of Kimberley Process members and civil society organizations associated with the diamond industry watchdog group met in Johannesburg on Wednesday and agreed that Kimberley must sharpen its focus on Zimbabwe’s troubled Marange diamond field.

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Political Violence in Zimbabwe Down in July, Says Watchdog Group

Report
Voice of America

The Zimbabwe Peace Project reported 910 incidents of politically-inspired human rights violations in July compared with 1,014 in June, but said that political tensions and intolerance continue to run high nationwide

Ntungamili Nkomo | Washington

Politically-motivated violence and human rights violations declined in July from June levels, but political tensions remain high in many of the country's provinces, the Zimbabwe Peace Project has said in its latest monthly report.

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Monthly Humanitarian Update - August 2011

Key Points

  • No cholera case recorded over the last two months;

  • Partners remain prepared for mass deportation of Zimbabweans by South Africa;

  • 2011 CAP funded at 31%; unmet requirement amounts 338 million dollars.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Shan Cretin Reports from Zimbabwe

General Secretary Shan Cretin is currently visiting AFSC's programs in Africa, and sent this report.

On August 29, I arrived in Harare for my first visit to AFSC’s programs in Zimbabwe. This morning, our program director, Nthanbiseng Nkomo drove Dereje Wordofa and me to a meeting with the partners and participants in the Hatcliffe Extension Project. The residents of Hatcliffe Extension have been displaced from their homes and resettled three times since the 1980’s, losing access to livelihoods, shelter, and basic services in the process.

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Zimbabwe + 5 others
Zimbabwe Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin Number 124 Epidemiological week 32 (week ending 14 August)

Highlights

  • No Cholera cases reported

  • 41 suspected measles cases were reported

Contents

A.General context

B.Epidemic prone diseases

C.Events of public health importance in the region

D.Preparedness

E. Timeliness and completeness of data

F. Recommendations for action/follow up

G.Annexes:

1: Standard case definitions and alert/action epidemic thresholds

2: National summary of cases/deaths by condition byweek

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Rampant Abuses in Marange Diamond Fields

Police, Private Security Guards Attacking Miners

(Johannesburg, August 30, 2011) – Zimbabwe police and private security guards employed by mining companies in the Marange diamond fields are shooting, beating and unleashing attack dogs on poor, local unlicensed miners, Human Rights Watch said today.

The evidence gathered by Human Rights Watch contradicts claims that areas controlled by private mining companies, instead of by the Zimbabwe government alone, are relatively free of abuses.

Human Rights Watch:



© Copyright, Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA

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Food Security Outlook Update - August 2011

Household and market cereal availability remain stable

Key Messages

• Availability of basic food stuffs remains stable throughout the country. Household cereal stocks and purchases remain the major source of staple cereals.

• Though the cost of living at a national level has been stable, it remains higher than the national average household income.Consequently, a significant proportion of households in both urban and rural areas, are facing serious challenges in accessing enough of their basic needs, including food.

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Madagascar + 14 others
Bridging the gap between climate scientists and disaster risk reduction experts, during Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum

Windhoek (Namibia), 27 August 2011 – The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Disaster Risk Reduction Unit in partnership with the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and UNISDR is conducting a disaster risk reduction (DRR) stakeholders training workshop from 27-28 August 2011. The workshop will be held alongside the Fifteenth Southern Africa Region Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-15) from 29-30 August 2011.

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Zimbabwe agriculture rebounding: Mugabe

HARARE — Zimbabwe's agricultural sector, which has seen a major downturn in recent years, is recovering on the back of increases in cotton and tobacco output, President Robert Mugabe said Friday. "Agriculture has been on the rebound over the last two years," Mugabe said while opening an agriculture fair in the capital.

"The major drivers of agricultural growth have been mainly tobacco and cotton."

Zimbabwe will this year earn $359 million (250 million euros) from the sale of 131 million kilogrammes of tobacco, Mugabe said, adding that output was up six percent from 2010.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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Import duties drive up food prices, hurt poor

Report
IRIN

HARARE, 26 August 2011 (IRIN) - Barely a month after the Zimbabwean government reintroduced duties on imported food items such as cooking oil and maize meal to protect local manufacturers, the move appears to have backfired, making essentials unaffordable for low-income consumers.

The government scrapped import duties on cooking oil, sugar, maize meal, meat, salt, soap and other basic goods in 2009 to encourage the flow of these commodities into the country after the emptying of shop shelves in the wake of hyperinflation.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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US$7m spent on refugees

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The Zimbabwean

by Ngoni Chanakira

The cash-strapped government of Zimbabwe has asked for US$7 million to cater for asylum seekers at its Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has confirmed.

Marcelline Hepie, UNHCR Zimbabwe Resident Representative, said: "Zimbabwe has asked for US$8 million, mainly in food aid from the latest Consolidated Appeal (CAP) for 2011. The UN is spending close to US$7 million on refugees here and about US$2,5 million has been spent already."

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UNICEF focuses on child prostitution

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The Zimbabwean

by Fungai Kwaramba

UNICEF is working closely with children around the country to protect them from being involved in prostitution a result of the country’s economic meltdown.

It’s Young People We Care Programme targets some 15,000 youths with information on how to avoid the trap of prostitution, which is rampant because of poverty.

Judith Sherman, Unicef’s HIV/AIDS advisor, said: “What we realised is that most young people in Zimbabwe today have grown up during an era of HIV and AIDS. For the past three decades the disease has been prevalent in their lives.”

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South Africa + 1 other
Refugees take SA gov’t to court

Report
ZimOnline

JOHANNESBURG – A group of asylum seekers have applied to the Pretoria High Court for an order directing the government to provide adequate refugee reception offices across South Africa.

In an application that if successful could see Pretoria forced to revamp a refugee management system that is in a state of near- total collapse, the foreign immigrants want the home affairs ministry to address a host of problems including rampant corruption and overcrowding at its refugee reception offices.

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The Power of the Re-Packing

Re-packing of female condom saves money, reduces product loss, and greatly improves distribution process.

Challenge

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Chronic malnutrition in Zim

Report
ZimOnline

JOHANNESBURG – Hunger and chronic malnutrition are on the rise in Zimbabwe, the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.

The UN organisation said significant crop loses in four of Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces would see the lean period setting in much earlier than usual in the affected provinces, a development it said could see nutrition levels further dropping especially among children and other vulnerable groups.