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30 May 2017 description

Preliminary assessments, conducted between mid-February and end of April 2017, have shown that approximately 356 000 hectares of crops were affected by the fall armyworm infestation in seven reporting Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States (Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia).

29 May 2017 description

ANTANANARIVO – Ce mois de juin, 2 600 personnes vulnérables dans le district de Bekily, au sud de Madagascar, vont bénéficier des premières récoltes d’un projet agricole communautaire appuyé par le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et ses partenaires.

29 May 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

JOHANNESBURG, May 29 2017 (IPS) - Amid the worst drought in a century, South Africans are kick-starting a global consultative process to agree on the values of water in a bid to ensure more equitable use of the finite resource.

On May 30, ministers, officials, civil society, business and local regional organisations will gather outside Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of a high-level consultation on water called the “Valuing Water Initiative”.

28 May 2017 description

Appeal History:

· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 17 September 2015 for CHF 749,268 to enable the IFRC to support the Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 10,000 drought and flood-affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community resilience in the two southern districts of Nsanje and Phalombe to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

27 May 2017 description

National rice harvest is estimated to be near 80 percent of normal

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27 May 2017 description

Significant improvements in food security expected across the region

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27 May 2017 description
report CARE

Imagine living in a world where it’s too expensive to eat. I don’t mean a night out at a restaurant or missing the occasional pastry. I mean when it’s too expensive to keep good nutritious food on the table. That’s what’s happening in the part of Africa where I live.

A nutritious balanced diet is out of reach for many, and a lot of people eat only once or twice a day.

For much of the last year, more than 20 million people here were dependent on food assistance; they make up half of the 40 million Africans affected by the worst drought in 35 years.

26 May 2017 description
report Voice of America

May 26, 2017 9:49 AM
Lameck Masina

BLANTYRE, MALAWI — Three years of El Nino-induced drought and flooding left half of Malawi's population dependent on food aid, but this year, the country is reporting a good maize harvest. Malawi’s government banned the export of maize and maize products in 2015 amid food shortages.

But now things are changing.

Latest crop production estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture show that maize production will rise to 3.2 million tons, up from last year’s 2.3 million tons.

25 May 2017 description

Inter-Ministerial delegation headed by the Minister of MINARS visited Dundo area to strengthen the coordinated response from the government and the UN agencies.

UNHCR distributed food and relief items for approximately 2,500 asylum-seekers hosted in Mussungue reception centre.

The Angolan authorities will open a new site in Lovua Municipality. Preparations are underway to establish necessary structures and services for asylum-seekers.

KEY FIGURES

24 May 2017 description
report ActionAid

The G7-backed African Risk Capacity (ARC) drought insurance policy was an experiment that failed Malawi, and in particular its women, in the face of a drought that need not have become a disaster. The insurance, for which Malawi paid US$5 million(m), failed to deliver on its promise of timely assistance, which 6.7m food-insecure Malawians so sorely needed, due to major defects in the model, data and process used to determine a pay-out.

24 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal harvest in 2017 expected to remain unchanged as dryness in central producing areas constrains national output

  • Weaker currency sustains high inflation rates, despite some declines in recent months

  • Food security conditions expected to stabilize in previously drought-affected southern provinces

  • Food security conditions remain stressed in flood-affected Cunene Province

Cereal crop production expected to remain unchanged in 2017

24 May 2017 description

Key Messages

  • With the harvest now taking place countrywide, greater food availability has led to Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes in southern and central areas, which is expected to improve to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in June. However, it is still likely that localized poor households in areas directly impacted by the armed conflict, flooding/cyclone events or erratic rainfall in parts of the central region’s semiarid zone may face Stressed (IPC Phase 2) or Crisis (IPC Phase 3) through September and require targeted humanitarian assistance.

23 May 2017 description

Appeal history:

· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entailed the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

22 May 2017 description
report IRIN

Anthony Morland

Author Note: This is the second in a series of three fact files that is part of a special project exploring the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe

PARIS, 22 May 2017 More frequent and severe droughts, floods, and storms associated with climate change mean the livelihoods of the world’s roughly half a billion smallholder farmers are growing ever more precarious.

21 May 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Zambia has high rates of chronic malnutrition (40%) and early childbearing.

  • The Female Youth Livelihoods and Nutrition Enhancement Project (FYNEP) has increased the consumption of micronutrient-rich foods among young girls and women in western Zambia.

  • Through it, households are making more types of food available year-round.

21 May 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Madagascar’s 2017 staple food production is expected to remain below average levels.
    The ongoing main rice harvest will be less than 90 percent of 2016 levels as unexpected early season dryness resulted in a late start to the planting season. Maize and cassava production will see a modest recovery but similarly remain below average (Figure 1).
    Rice imports will continue to play an important role in staple food supply over the coming months.

21 May 2017 description

Average food supply expected for the 2017/18 consumption year

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21 May 2017 description

Ongoing harvests improve own food access in Lesotho

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