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28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

28 Jul 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Poor rains in 2014/15 result in sharply reduced 2015 cereal harvest, with significant declines recorded in southern provinces

  • Larger maize import requirement estimated in 2015/16, reflecting lower domestic production

  • Food insecurity increases acutely in southern provinces

24 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite favourable rains at the start of the 2014/15 cropping season, an extended dry period between January and March 2015, a critical maize crop development stage, resulted in widespread crop losses and reduced yields, mainly affecting the less productive agro-ecological zones.

  • Reflecting mostly the impact of rainfall deficits, national maize production in 2015 is estimated at 81 623 tonnes, 31 percent below the bumper 2014 output and 6 percent lower than the five-year average.

22 Jul 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:32 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

By Andrew Mambondiyani

HARARE, July 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Kenny Mabvumbe looked upset as he returned virtually empty-handed from the tobacco auction floors in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

22 Jul 2015 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2016

21 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 July 2015

Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.

20 Jul 2015 description

Regional Overview

Madagascar
Campaigning for municipal elections, which is to be held on 31 July, started last week without incident.

Lesotho
The SADC Commission of Enquiry established by the Double Troika Summit is expected to arrive in Lesotho on 20 July 2015.

16 Jul 2015 description

Xangongo - At least 190,000 people in the communes of Xangongo, Naulila, Mucupe, Humbe and Ombala-yo-mung have been affected by drought in Ombadja municipality, southern Cunene province, the local administrator said Wednesday.

Manuel Domingos Taby mentioned the communes of Naulila, Mucupe and Ombala-yo- mung, as the most hit by the phenomenon, with local residents facing water and food shortage, due to the lack of rains.

13 Jul 2015 description

Regional Overview

Lesotho

According to the latest statement from the family of Lt. General Maaparankoe Mahao, before his murder Mahao thought there was a plot to kill him, but had refused to flee. His funeral service took place on the 11 July 2015.

Malawi

13 Jul 2015 description

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).

09 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for world cereal production in 2015 remain favourable, despite recent adverse weather conditions in some regions and continuing concerns over El Niño, with the global cereal supply and demand outlook for 2015/16 pointing to generally stable conditions.

08 Jul 2015 description

Kuito - At least twelve peasants associations, comprising 500 people of central Bié province, benefited in the current agricultural campaign, from various agricultural inputs, aiming to contribute to increased agricultural production.

The information was released Monday in Cuito city to ANGOP by the provincial delegate of the Red Cross of Angola, Ângelo Sassongo when speaking of agricultural projects that his institution is implementing in partnership with its counterpart of Spain and the World Bank.

07 Jul 2015 description

Pretoria – The KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department has warned that despite the recent rainfall, which has been pouring in the province for the past few days, the prolonged drought remains severe.

MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, said the province would need weeks and weeks of sustained rainfall to refill its fast declining water reservoirs to return to water levels considered safe and sustainable.

06 Jul 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• Conflict in Yemen is causing increasing food insecurity.
As of June, at least 6 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity. Millions more could easily fall into the emergency conditions unless a political solution is found quickly.

03 Jul 2015 description

This season’s crop performance was poor across much of southern Africa, particularly in the region’s surplus-producing areas. Preliminary estimates indicate that national maize harvests in South Africa and Malawi were the lowest in more than five years. However, as a result of above-average carry-over stocks from the 2014/15 marketing year, aggregate regional supply is expected to be near average. Countries with significant production deficits this year, including Malawi and Zimbabwe, will likely experience an early start of the lean season and limited food access for poor households.

01 Jul 2015 description

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Obama announced $2 million to expand the partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Feed the Future and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) to help Mozambique increase agricultural production, food security, and family nutrition. The investment will raise agricultural production through new science and technology and provide training for agricultural policy makers, technicians, and farmers.