Bolivia, 29 de Julio 2016
Fuente: El Deber - BO
Se expande la sequía. De ocho a 14 municipios se elevó el número de zonas afectadas en el departamento de Santa Cruz. En ese sentido, las alcaldías deberán sustentar con informes técnicos y jurídicos su delicada situación para que la Gobernación declare desastre y emergencia en la región.
Maize, beans, and rice are the main source of calories and protein in the diet in El Salvador. In times of acute stress, sorghum may also be consumed. Maize, beans, and sorghum are produced by smallholders and larger farmers in the country, but rice is almost entirely imported.
Sorghum, millet, and wheat are the most important food commodities in northern Sudan. Sorghum is the staple food for the majority of poor households in central and eastern Sudan regions while millet is the main staple food for majority of households in Darfur and some parts of Kordofan regions in western Sudan.
Main season rainfall above average over most of Sudan
More than 4.4 million people are expected to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse acute food insecurity between July and September 2016, including more than 100,000 people in Emergency (IPC Phase 4). Current food insecurity is being driven by El Nino-related drought in 2015, exacerbated in South Kordofan, Blue Nile, and Darfur States by continued conflict that has caused displacement and disruptions to livelihoods and markets.
The expansion of 2016-17 Lean Season Assistance in July is expected to improve food access in some areas
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes continue in southern districts in Matebeleland North and South, Masvingo, Midlands and parts of Manicaland Provinces, as well as some marginal areas in the extreme north. These areas are in urgent need of assistance to protect their livelihoods and to fill food consumption gaps. The bulk of the traditional cereal-surplus areas in the north are Stressed (IPC Phase 2).
Rice, black beans, maize, and cooking oil are among the most important food items for poor and middle income households in Haiti. Roots and tubers are also important, but not currently monitored. All cooking oil is imported and rice imports account for about 80 percent of national needs. Large quantities of beans and maize are also imported, but over half of the national needs are domestically produced. Rice is consumed by even the poorest households, and imported rice is generally cheaper than locally produced rice.
Minimal food insecurity outcomes to continue in most parts of the country
Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes will continue from July to January for most parts of the country due to increased household food supplies from the recent harvest.
Long rains harvest in Rift Valley now likely below-average due to dry spell in May/June
A lengthy dry spell in May and June negatively affected crop development in the high and medium potential areas, causing moisture stress and wilting. The resumption of rains in late June resulted in the recovery of most crops, whose development is progressing well. Nevertheless, expectations have changed, and now the long rains maize harvest, which represents about 70 percent of annual production for Kenya, is likely to be below average.
Maize and beans are the most important commodities consumed, with maize availability considered synonymous with food security. Beans are very often consumed with maize. The Nairobi market is indicative for urban consumers.
Maize is the most widely consumed cereal by the rural poor.
Sorghum is generally one of the cheapest cereals. Teff is also very important throughout the country. The most important markets for teff are the large cities including Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar,
Above-average rainfall since June favors cropping, but flooding risks remain high
More than 10 million people require emergency food assistance in 2016, following El Niño-induced drought in 2015. Worst-affected areas include Wag Himra, East and West Hararghe, and pastoral areas in Shinile and southern Afar, where Crisis (IPC Phase 3!) outcomes will continue through September. Continued, regular assistance is essential in order to mitigate food consumption gaps.
Due to continued high temperatures, irregular rainfall and accumulation below 50 percent of average, damages to Primera season staple crops have been reported, particularly in Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, Quiché, Sololá, and El Progreso Departments. This will lead to a below-average harvest through these areas, even as rainfall may be near average during the remaining months of the season, as distribution is likely to remain erratic.
Food insecurity worsens with below-average Gu harvest
In most southern agropastoral areas, including Bakool, Gedo, Hiiraan, Lower Juba, and parts of Lower and Middle Shabelle, below-average and erratic Gu rainfall has led to significantly below-average Gu harvests. Of particular concern are riverine areas of Hiiraan where poor rainfall and flooding destroyed an estimated 80 percent of standing crops. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes currently exist in Hiiraan and are likely in the remaining areas starting in October.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.
Increased demand and low supply continuing to increase prices
In the El Niño drought-affected areas in the South and parts of the central region, poor households continue facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity, with a smaller proportion facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2), due to the increasing difficulty meeting their basic food needs because of inadequate supplies and high staple food prices. In the North, the majority of poor households remain in Minimal (IPC Phase 1) as the 2015/16 harvest continues to cover their food needs.
Poor harvest in the South results in an early start to the lean season
As a result of an El Niño driven drought that affected the 2015/2016 agricultural season, main and off-season harvests were well below-average or failed, depending on the crop and zone, in parts of southern Madagascar including Tsihombe, Ambovombe, the southern part of Amboasary, Beloha, Bekily, Ampanihy coastal, and Betioky Atsimo.
In order to improve the situation of food shortage in Haiti, Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation recently held rice distribution from June 21st through the 22nd In Haiti. At the Little School of Father Boonen in La Saline District, Tzu Chi volunteers successfully distributed 5,740 bags of rice to 2,870 households. This year's distribution was more orderly than previous year's because Tzu Chi had earned the trust of the people, and also because a team of students, teachers, and Father Franciscans who devoted their time and energy to assist us in serving others.
ABUJA, Nigeria, 28 July 2016 - UNICEF continues to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite yesterday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy.
As a result of the attack, in which one UNICEF staff member was injured, travel by UN staff to high risk areas has been temporarily suspended.
Summary of the Operation
On 15 September 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) supported the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) through the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation, to deliver humanitarian aid to families affected by the frost and drought resulting from the El Niño effect.