In DR Congo, since mid-December 2016, Fall Armyworms have destroyed thousands of hectares of maize and rice crops in the southeastern provinces Haut-Katanga, Haut-Lomami, Lualaba, Tanganyika and Sud Kivu (OCHA 15/02/2017). 63,000 hectares have been destroyed, which represents over 80% of maize production in the territories along the Zambian border (OCHA 15/02/2017; Straitstimes 26/02/2017). Taking into account the speed at which the worms spread, it is highly likely that other neighbouring provinces, especially Nord-Kivu, Ituri, Maniema and Kasai, are already affected. The extent of the spread would result in a significant impact on the local corn production (FEWSNET 28/02/2017).(ACAPS, 23 Mar 2017)
In Ghana, armyworms have ravaged around 1.4 million hectares of maize and cowpea plantations in six regions (Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Western, Eastern and the Northern). In Ashanti, some 6,400 hectares of cocoa farms have also been affected. Although the infestations occur every year, experts say that this year’s outbreak is unprecedented and have urged quick action to curb further destruction as food security and livelihoods of several households is threatened. Officials from the National Disaster Management Organisation have begun distributing pesticides and a national taskforce has been set up to oversee the control of the infestation. (OCHA, 22 May 2017)
La chenille légionnaire d’automne (Spodoptera frugiperda) est un insecte ravageur qui attaque plus de 80 espèces de plantes, causant des dégâts à des céréales d’importance économique telles que le maïs, le riz et le sorgho, mais aussi aux cultures maraîchères et au coton.
Preliminary assessments, conducted between mid-February and end of April 2017, have shown that approximately 356 000 hectares of crops were affected by the fall armyworm infestation in seven reporting Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States (Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia).
FLOODS AFFECT OVER 5,000
Floods and violent winds have killed three people, injured 18 others and destroyed more than 750 houses across the country since the start of May. Overall, 5,129 people have been affected in several localities in the country’s East and South-Western regions. The National Emergency Response Council has provided food and basic household items to the affected families.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
DES INONDATIONS AFFECTENT PLUS DE 5 000 PERSONNES
Des inondations et Des vents violents ont tué trois personnes, en ont blessé 18 et ont détruit plus de 750 maisons dans le pays depuis début mai. Au total, 5 129 personnes ont été touchées dans plusieurs localités des régions de l'Est et du Sud-Ouest du pays. Le Conseil National de Secours d'Urgence et de Réhabilitation a fourni de la nourriture et des articles ménagers de base aux familles touchées.
WFP is scaling-up assistance to reach more than 100,000 people displaced from Kasais.
WFP is coordinating an intervention with WHO in response to the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak declared in Bas Uélé.
In Angola, Programme Coordination, Food Security and Supply Chain experts have been deployed to assess and initiate the response. Nutrition expert deployment is underway.
Mr. Chairman, members of the Pest and Insect Infestation technical committee, our donor partners, the media, ladies and gentlemen. I am happy that you have accepted our invitation to come for this important emergency Technical Committee meeting.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Overall favourable prospects for 201 7 season crops
Crop diseases, armyworms, floods and population displacements resulted in localized crop losses
Inflation rates forecast to slightly increase in 2017
Food prices at high levels in eastern and southern parts of the country
Serious humanitarian situation in eastern and southern provinces due to persisting civil conflict
Good start of 2017 cropping season
Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massive awareness campaign, scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration, indicated scientists attending the Stakeholders Consultation Meeting on the Fall Armyworm in Nairobi this week.
Ce rapport a été produit par OCHA en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Il couvre la période du 4 au 18 avril 2017. Le prochain rapport sera publié vers le 25/4/2017.
L’existence de groupes d’autodéfense dans le sud Irumu fragilise la protection des civils
La présence de chenilles légionnaires risque de plonger Bondo et Aketi dans l’insécurité alimentaire
Aperçu de la situation
Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya. Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).