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23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 31 January 2017, UNICEF launched the Southern Africa El Niño/La Niña Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. The HAC requirement for Swaziland is US$2.74 million in 2017, which is currently 32 per cent funded.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The currentrainy season (November to April 2017) has brought steady rainfall and relieved some effects of El Niño, but has resulted in flooding, school closures and the relocation of 1,092 people, especially in the northern regions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) have warned of possible flooding in north-central Namibia. Regional institutions have been alerted and are putting contingency measures in place.

23 Mar 2017 description

Key messages

  • Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.

22 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Tropical Cyclone Enawo affects approximately 434,000 people in Madagascar

• USAID assists cyclone-affected populations in Madagascar and Mozambique

• Food security conditions in Southern Africa likely to improve when April/May harvests begin

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Mar 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

21 Mar 2017 description

by Busani Bafana | @maboys | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 20 March 2017 06:13 GMT

Drought-hit farmers are hoping for their first bumper harvest in years, but army worm pests and floods are lowering expectations

By Busani Bafana

GWANDA, Zimbabwe, March 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After plenty of rain, Isaac Siziba's maize fields looked set for a bumper harvest this season, similar to the one he gathered in 2014, before Zimbabwe suffered a long and punishing drought.

21 Mar 2017 description

Green harvest increases household food availability

Key Messages

20 Mar 2017 description
report Start Network

SURGE RESEARCH TEAM:
LOIS AUSTIN, SARAH GROSSO AND GLENN O’NEIL
MARCH 2017

20 Mar 2017 description

This bi-monthly update brings together innovative policy, practice and partnerships from the Southern and Eastern African region that aim to strengthen the engagement of disaster-affected communities in humanitarian action. The aim of the publication is to create awareness about these initiatives and share good practice. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks and to share their contributions.

South Sudan: How sunshine is bringing radio to remote parts of South Sudan

20 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

· WFP has scaled up its El Niño response, reaching 748,925 food insecure people in February.

· A Budget Revision to extend WFP’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) 200355 by a further three months from April to June 2017 is currently underway.

· WFP plans to respond to Cyclone Dineo in Inhambane province targeting 50,000 people over the next three months and is seeking donor funding to cover borrowed stocks.

In Numbers

· 2.1 million people acutely food insecure

20 Mar 2017 description

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 1 October 2016 up to 17 March 2017

Highlights

20 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • An estimated 1.42 million people are affected by the drought crisis, including 756,000 children. Of this estimation, 800,000 people are located in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila.

  • As of February 2017, the total number of cumulative suspected cases in the ongoing cholera outbreaks stands at 306. Soyo – 184; Cabinda – 100 and Luanda – 22. A total of 11 deaths have been reported: Soyo – 8; Cabinda – 3 and Luanda – 0. Four of the five confirmed cases in Luanda had links to the outbreak in Soyo.

19 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • 2.1 million people are facing food and nutrition insecurity in Mozambique as the effects of El Niño continue to impact the country.

  • 190,888 children screened for acute malnutrition and 12,161 severely acute malnourished (SAM) treated by UNICEF and Ministry of Health trained mobile brigades.

  • Cyclone DINEO affected over 550,000 people and killed 7. Over 1,600 classrooms were partially or totally destroyed, affecting 160,000 learners.

19 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • National cereal production in 2017 forecast to increase moderately, on account of wetter conditions, but localized production decreases expected in areas affected by dry spells and floods

  • Maize prices remained high, but declined in recent month in anticipation of 2017 harvest

  • Food insecurity peaked in early 2017 following impact of 2016 drought, while effect of Cyclone Dineo in February 2017 heightened food assistance requirements in southern parts

18 Mar 2017 description

17 February 2017, Harare - A three-day Regional Emergency Meeting discussing new transboundary crop and livestock pests in Southern Africa ended on 16 February 2017 with a call for increased investment in preparedness and response capacities to new and endemic threats in Southern Africa.

18 Mar 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.