Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola
Africa Weather Hazards
Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.
Limited household incomes and poor liquidity to increase number of food insecure households
Sharp food price increases further limit food access for poor households in the Northeast
Government declares state of national disaster due to drought
Staple food prices increasing more rapidly than expected
Large areas of Greater Upper Nile (GUN) continue to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) acute food insecurity. Households in these areas are facing an increased risk of malnutrition and excess mortality. In Unity State, it is expected that a small population of households are in Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5). Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity persists across larger areas of the country as many households face significant difficulty meeting their basic food needs.
Conflict and 2015 El Niño drought remain major drivers of acute food insecurity in the region
Food security improves in the southwest as the availability of green foods increases
Belg prospects improve with heavy rainfall in April, but Emergency likely to continue
Increased conflict in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur drives additional displacement
Staple food prices remained stable or increased slightly in March due to the availability of above-average carryover stocks from the 2014/15 season. These stocks are helping to offset below-average 2015/16 production associated with El Niño-related dryness in 2015.
Crisis outcomes extend to areas in the central region
Food access and availability will continue to be limited after the April and May harvest due to near-total crop failure in many areas of the south and expectations for a poor harvest in parts of the central region due to the El Niño-related drought. Labor availability is below normal, severely limiting incomes. With high staple prices, including maize grain 143 percent above the five-year average, purchasing power has fallen significantly.
Food insecurity to persist during the post-harvest period
Between September through December 2015, FSNAU conducted 40 standard nutrition assessments across most regions and livelihood zones of Somalia, covering displaced, urban and rural populations. The assessment covered 27 455 Children (6-59 months) from 16 538 households. Both Weight-for-Height and MUAC measurements were taken for the 34 surveys while, only Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC) measurement was taken in the remaining 6 surveys due to security constraints.
The Technical Secretariat for Food Security and Nutrition’s report was released in March 2016 and presents a serious food security and nutrition situation in the country. The report shifts the severity of the situation from the southern provinces of Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane to the central provinces of Tete,
Manica, Sofala and Zambezia where the situation is reported to be much worse by comparison.
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville
Date: 29 April 2016
Subjects: (1) Mozambique
By Emma Batha
LONDON, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Somaliland risks descending into famine amid a severe drought that has killed thousands of livestock, an international aid agency warned on Friday, adding there were reports of some women being set upon by hyenas after collapsing from hunger.
Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Port-au-Prince, Haiti | AFP | Saturday 4/30/2016 - 00:20 GMT
The European Union said Friday it was giving an additional 38 million euros in cash aid to Haiti, which is combatting drought and a migration crisis with neighboring Dominican Republic.
The funding included 12.2 million euros for food and drinking water to more than 400,000 Haitians, an EU news release said.
Brussels, 18 April 2016
The European Commission today announced the introduction of 20 new measures in the Sahel region and Lake Chad Basin, worth over EUR 280 million in total.
The European Commission today announced the adoption of 20 new measures to assist the Sahel region and the Lake Chad Basin under the 'Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa'.
Nationally, 7,058 children with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted to therapeutic treatment programmes since December 2015. Almost 17% (1,162) of these admissions took place in emergency response districts where active nutrition screening is taking place. In these same districts the number of children admitted for SAM treatment has more than doubled from 364 during the period January 2015 to March 2015 to 834 during the period January 2016 to March 2016 (these figures exclude referrals and transfers).
The USG announces more than $86 million in additional humanitarian funding for South Sudan on April 27
USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches nearly 65 percent of emergency food pre-positioning target as of April 26