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16 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

Maize grain in Tete is cheaper than last year

Maize meal is most expensive in Doa and Magoe districts

Rice prices remain stable in Sofala and Manica

Low availability of cowpeas in all surveyed districts

In some parts of Gaza the green harvest has been hindered by heavy rains

Food Security Outlook

16 Mar 2017 description

Overview

A severe drought, associated with the El Niño phenomena, resulted in a humanitarian emergency in which an estimated 40 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Vulnerability assessments and analysis indicated that 23 million required immediate humanitarian assistance, as of June 2016.

In response to this, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.

15 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Maize prices continued to increase in January in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely to be due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices will remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. Malawi and Mozambique have the highest number of Maize markets in ALPS Crisis at 71 percent and 100 percent respectively.

15 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Basic food prices remain high at the peak of the lean season

  • Beans, sugar, salt and vegetable oil are more expensive than last year

  • About 30 percent of traders in Hhohho and Shiselweni report difficult road conditions

Seasonal Outlook

14 Mar 2017 description
report Irish Aid

Now in its 10th year, the Emergency Response Fund Scheme (ERFS) was established to promote early action and reduce loss of life in a sudden humanitarian crisis. Irish Aid has just allocated €2.7 million to six humanitarian partners under the Scheme for 2017: Concern Worldwide, Trócaire, Christian Aid Ireland, Plan International Ireland, World Vision Ireland and Oxfam Ireland.

How does the Fund work?

The scheme is particularly geared towards the initial weeks after the onset of an emergency and targets those in immediate need.

14 Mar 2017 description

On February 13, 2017, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a total of US $ 4 million and US $ 2.6 million, respectively, for Lesotho and Malawi as part of additional financing projects with the African Development Bank (AfDB). The funds are mobilized under the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the GEF.

14 Mar 2017 description
report New Era

Obrein Simasiku

Omuthiya – Farmers in the Oshikoto Region are hopeful that this year they will have a good harvest despite the outbreak of worms in their fields in recent weeks. One of the hopeful farmers from Omuthiya, Esther Clonelius, who has been very busy weeding her three fields, says a part of one of her fields, situated a few kilometres outside Omuthiya, is already infested by unidentified worms.

Clonelius described the worms as having a red and greenish colour but has not reported the matter to the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.

14 Mar 2017 description

L’essentiel

La période couverte correspond à la mise en place des cultures de grande saison pour les Régions couvertes. Sur le plan météorologique, les prévisions de retard de la saison des pluies ont été confirmées, et il a été constaté une faiblesse des précipitations par rapport à la normale. Cela a perturbé la saison agricole et plus particulièrement le début de la période de mise en culture.

13 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Negative coping levels are falling, except among worst-off households

  • Household purchasing power has improved as maize prices continue to decline

  • New malnutrition admissions are rising as the lean season reaches its peak

Situation Update

13 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Households resorted less to negative coping strategies in January than in December

  • Rural households are using livelihoods coping strategies more than urban households

  • Purchasing power is lowest in southern districts The prices of maize meal, wheat and pulses have been stable since October

Seasonal Outlook

13 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The remnants of Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo exited Madagascar on the morning of Friday 10 March 2017. The storm traversed nearly the length of the island over two days, affecting communities from north to south across Madagascar’s eastern and central regions.

  • Wind damage and widespread flooding in cyclone-affected parts of the north-east, and heavy rains and widespread flooding in eastern, central and south-eastern parts of the country has been recorded.

11 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production forecast to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Imports of maize forecast to expand in 2016/17 marketing year in response to 2016 drought-reduced harvest

  • Prices of maize meal stable but at high levels

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18, following deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound due to conducive weather conditions

10 Mar 2017 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is in discussion with the National Society to launch an emergency appeal. The Malagasy Red Cross Society (MRCS) will, however, accept direct assistance to provide support to the affected population.

09 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • By the end of January 2017, 1,123 children aged 0-59 months had been treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the 20 priority districts with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels of 5% and above.

09 Mar 2017 description

Cyclone Enawo is wreaking havoc across Madagascar: towns and cities flooded; houses, schools, hospitals and critical infrastructure destroyed; and thousands of people displaced. Power outages are widespread in affected areas.

09 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In January, a total of 1,158,442 children were screened for malnutrition through an active case finding campaign, supported by UNICEF. Of which, 24,194 (21,685 Moderate Acute Malnutrition and 2,507 Severe Acute Malnutrition) were referred for further management. In comparison, a total of 1,072,300 children were screened in December 2016.

08 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Tonderayi Mukeredzi
IRIN contributor in Zimbabwe

RUSAPE/ZIMBABWE, 8 March 2017

Chengetai Zonke lost much of her maize crop to drought last year. When it came to planting again, she decided to reduce her stake in what has become a recurrent climate change gamble.

08 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Forecasts point to production recovery in 2017, but army worm outbreak and heavy rains likely to restrain bigger gains

  • Maize imports rise in 2016/17 to boost domestic supplies following sharp production decrease in 2016

  • Estimated 4.1 million people food insecure, but conditions expected to improve with 2017 harvest beginning in April

Maize production in 2017 forecast to recover from 2016’s drought-reduced output