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Peasants hit by drought get oxen

Ombadja - At least 75 heads of bovine cattle were given to 36 peasants, affected by drought in Ombadja municipality, southern Cunene province.

At the handing over act, the provincial governor of Cunene, António Didalelwa, explained that this distribution aims to replace the cattle to the families that lost their former animals due to the drought that hit the region, and improve the living standards of the population.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary April 18-24, 2014

Continued moisture deficits likely to harm crop and pastoral conditions in Angola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Angola Remote Monitoring Report April 2014

Continued dryness could worsen the food security situation in Benguela and Kwanza Sul

Key Messages

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 17 – April 23, 2014

  • Significantly heavy amounts of rainfall are expected to worsen flooding conditions across eastern Tanzania.

1) Poorly distributed seasonal rainfall since February has led to deteriorating ground conditions in western Angola. As seasonal rains are expected to decline this month, these long-term moisture deficits are likely to negatively impact crop and pastoral conditions for many areas.

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Southern Africa - Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis, April 2014

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook April 10 – April 16, 2014

  • Average to above average seasonal rainfall continues throughout many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa.

  • The weakening of precipitation associated with the departure of the monsoon was observed across southern Africa.

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Drought affects over 22.000 peasants in Bocoio

Bocoio - 22.915 peasants in Bocoio municipality in the central Benguela province are being affected by the drought that hit their crops in the first 2013/2014 agricultural campaign season.

Speaking to Angop on fiday, the technician of the Agrarian Development Institute in Bocoio (IDA), José Agostinho said that the head town of Bocoio and Passe commune include the localities most affected by the drought.

According to him, in the head town of Bocoio the drought affected 12.915 peasants, while in Passe commune the food crisis is affecting 10.000 families.

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Assistance Minister checks effects of drought in Jamba Cueio

Menongue - The minister of Assistance and Social Reintegration, João Baptista Kussumua, checked on Wednesday the effects caused by drought in Jamba Cuio commune, southern Cuando Cubango province.

The official, who paid a few-hour visit to that locality, said that Jamba Cuio commune is facing some difficulties, as result of the lack of rains and thus affecting the cultures of maize and beans.

“The peasants are facing a few difficulties due to the lack of rains that are threatening seriously the present agricultural season”, he said.

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MINARS supports victims of drought in Cuanza Sul

Sumbe - At least 80.000 families affected by the drought in municipalities of Sumbe and Porto Amboim, central Cuanza Sul province are receiving food and domestic utensil from the provincial department of Assistance and Social Reinsertion (MINARS).

Speaking to Angop on Wednesday to the local media, the provincial director of MINARS, Manuel Macedo, said that despite the drought had hit other municipalities like Conda, Ebo, Kilenda and Seles, the localities of Sumbe and Porto Amboim were the most affected ones.

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Angola Remote Monitoring Report March 2014

Key Messages

  • In February rainfall continued to improve in parts of eastern and northern Namibe, southern Huila and northeastern Cunene Provinces.

  • Although pastoralists are yet to return to their homesteads, overall out migration has decreased. Continued improvements in rainfall could improve pasture conditions and may result in more households returning to their homesteads in the coming months. If this occurs, household food insecurity could improve through livestock production and sales.

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Agriculture Minister pledges to reduce drought impact in south

Luanda - The Angolan government will continue with concrete measures to relieve the effects of drought in the southern region of the country, creating infrastructures of abstracting and supplying water to the populations and cattle, said on Saturday in Luanda the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pedro Canga was speaking of the results of the visit paid by the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, to the south-west Namibe province, where the statesman chaired a session of the Economic Commission of the Cabinet Council.

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Governor of Huila considers relevant measures to combat drought

Namibe - The provincial governor of Huila, João Marcelino Tyipingue, Thursday, considered as relevant the recommendations for combating drought in the southern region emerged from the meeting of the Economic Commission of the Council of Ministers held in Namibia.

The session, chaired by the President of the Republic José Eduardo dos Santos, recommended a series of measures to mitigate the effects of drought in the provinces of Namibe, Huila, Benguela and Cuando Cubango.

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Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 03, 2013/2014 Agricultural Season

Highlights

  • Prolonged delay of start of season in eastern parts of the region increases chances of below average harvests

  • Good rainfall received in central and eastern areas in December and early January

  • January dry spell in southern Botswana and northern South Africa

  • South-western Angola continues to receive poor rainfall

  • Armyworm outbreak reported in southern Malawi and eastern Zambia

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Food and Nutrition Security Working Group Monthly Update, Issue 1/2014 December/January 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

· Good rains received in December and early January significantly reduced earlier rainfall deficits experienced in the central parts of the region. Although much later than normal, rains were finally received in southern Malawi, parts of eastern Zambia, and central/northern Mozambique, thus enabling the planting of crops. Poor rainfall continues to negatively affect drought-stricken parts of southwestern Angola.

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Southern Africa Price Bulletin January 2014

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

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Angola Remote Monitoring Update January 2014

Poor rainfall delays relief from drought-induced Stressed food security conditions in the south

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 17 December – 07 January

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Government prioritizes aid to drought-hit people

Kassongue - The provincial governor of central coastal Kwanza Sul, Eugenio de Brito Teixeira, announced on Monday at Cassongue Village, that the actions of his office in Rural Development Programme and fight against Famine and Poverty, in 2014, will prioritize the aid to drought-hit people in identified zones of the province.

The official said that on the occasion of inauguration of the first extraordinary session of Technical Unit of fight against Poverty (UTPLCP), which is taking place in Cassongue.

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Southern Africa Price Bulletin December 2013

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

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Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 02, 2013/2014 Agricultural Season

Highlights

  • Short season (Vuli) in bimodal areas of northern Tanzania experiences poor rainfall performance

  • Good rains in early December slightly help to ease 1-to-2-year dryness in southern Angola, Botswana, northern Namibia, and South Africa

  • Onset of rains in southern Malawi, central Mozambique, eastern Zambia, and northern Zimbabwe delayed by more than 1 month