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08 Mar 2017 description

I. Overview

  • Tropical Cyclone ENAWO, Category 4, Maximum sust wind speed: 231 km/h. Maximum storm surge: 1.0m. Main drivers of damage are high wind speeds in the coastal regions of the storm path and extreme precipitation further inland.
06 Mar 2017 description
report CARE, World Vision

Major Highlights

  • Average selling price of maize grain went up slightly from $0.42/kg to $0.43/kg. Notable price increases were recorded in Shurugwi and Mberengwa districts.

06 Mar 2017 description

Agriculture & Food Security Updates

• The Comprehensive Livelihoods, Food Security, and Nutrition Vulnerability Assessment (ZimVAC) indicate that 3.4 million people are currently food insecure (Oct-Dec). This number is expected to increase to 4.1 million people at the peak of the lean season, from January to March 2017.

06 Mar 2017 description

"People think sometimes that insurance is the solution for everything. It is not correct"

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, March 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More developing countries urgently need insurance to cushion their farmers against weather extremes that can worsen poverty, but it is no magic bullet to ward off the escalating impacts of climate change, experts say.

The burning question of how to stop drought becoming a major crisis - especially in Africa - has caused many to eye insurance as a possible answer.

06 Mar 2017 description

“Investing in a response now is an investment for the future”

(MAPUTO, 2 March 2017) - Aid agencies are calling on the international community to assist communities affected by Cyclone Dineo following yesterday’s launch of an appeal by the United Nations.

The agencies work together as the COSACA, a consortium of humanitarian NGOs composed by Concern Worldwide, Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE supporting the Government of Mozambique. The appeal for USD10.2 million will support 150,000 people with lifesaving assistance for the next three months.

04 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank


  • Changing weather patterns as a result of global warming are leaving farmers unable to predict the ideal conditions to plant their crops.

  • A $1.5 million Climate Change Technical Assistance program is helping Zimbabwe fill knowledge gaps on how climate change is affecting agro-ecological zoning, irrigation, and livestock.

  • The technical assistance also seeks to mainstream climate change into public investment planning and create a pipeline of bankable climate adaptation investments.

03 Mar 2017 description

Floods have swept through villages, destroying roads, crops and livestock

HARARE, March 3 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has appealed for international help for victims of floods that have left 246 people dead and displaced hundreds since December when torrential rains started pounding a country emerging from severe drought.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

03 Mar 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Approximately 6.7 million people, about half of Malawi’s rural population, will receive assistance in February. Food insecure populations in central and southern Malawi will face Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) acute food insecurity outcomes, in the presence of humanitarian assistance. These outcomes are expected to continue in March, during the peak lean season. Were the humanitarian response not present, these areas would experience Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes.

03 Mar 2017 description

Both large moisture surpluses and deficits continue to significantly impact different parts of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since December, an increased locust numbers and breeding have been reported in western Mauritania, Western Sahara, and northeastern Sudan according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Below-average and erratic rainfall since December has resulted in strong moisture deficits, degraded ground conditions, and poor crop prospects across parts of northeastern Mozambique.

03 Mar 2017 description

The 2016/2017 La Nina season is in contra distinction to the 2015/2016 season characterised by the El Nino phenomenon. In essence, this entails an astounding shift from a drought condition to an excessively wet situation. By mid February 2017, most areas in the country had received above normal rainfall and the ground was already saturated.

02 Mar 2017 description
  • Strategic reserve is half its optimal size

  • Government's main focus is on fall armyworm

  • Fears pest will infest sugarcane and spread (Adds detail, quote)

By MacDonald Dzirutwe

HARARE, March 2 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe, which is recovering from drought and battling a pest that threatens its maize crop, has budgeted $140 million to buy maize from farmers for its strategic reserve, Agriculture Minister Joseph Made told parliament on Thursday.

02 Mar 2017 description


• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

02 Mar 2017 description

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Food security emergencies are likely to increase

2 March 2017, Rome - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

02 Mar 2017 description

Crisis outcomes expected through at least March due to drought, floods, and cyclone effects

Key Messages

02 Mar 2017 description

Pretoria – As the Western Cape faces a serious drought due to poor rainfall during winter, the Department of Water and Sanitation has informed the agricultural sector of 10 percent additional water restrictions.

The demand for water in the province has steadily increased due to the growing population and economy. This, as well as poor rainfall, has added significant pressure on water supply.

01 Mar 2017 description

Food insecurity to improve in traditional surplus areas, but persist in marginal production areas


01 Mar 2017 description

Below-average second (main) season rice harvest is expected in May-June

Key Messages