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20 Feb 2017 description

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NOVEMBER 2016 – JANUARY 2017 RAINFALL

  • The southern half of conti-nental SADC region has re-ceived normal to above-normal rainfall in the current rainfall season.

  • The northern and eastern parts of contiguous SADC are still under normal to below-normal rainfall conditions.

  • Above-normal rainfall was experienced over Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland.

19 Feb 2017 description

The Mozambique Red Cross is gearing up to provide emergency assistance to thousands of people displaced from their homes this week by Tropical Cyclone Dineo, amid reports of extensive damage to homes, hospitals, schools and other infrastructure in southern districts.

17 Feb 2017 description

Following poor rainy seasons over the past years, the south of Madagascar is currently facing a major drought crisis, with the El Nino phenomenon worsening the situation. About 1.2 million Malagasy are enduring food insecurity today, of whom 900,000 are in urgent need of assistance - the highest number in a decade.

16 Feb 2017 description

Strengthening national and regional early warning systems, response and preparedness plans

16 February 2016, Harare – Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed today on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza.

16 Feb 2017 description

How much fresh water is available to people, where it is and how it is managed are probably the most important questions in water security. Miren Gutierrez of CDKN looks at the context in which CDKN and the Global Water Partnership put in place a capacity building programme aimed at improving resilience in Mozambique. This is part II of a two part blog; read the first one here

16 Feb 2017 description

More hunger is threatening in rural areas amid complaints that Zimbabweans who oppose President Mugabe's ruling party are being denied assistance

By Jeffrey Moyo

SEKE, Zimbabwe, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wearing a torn shirt that hangs below his knees, 11-year-old Mirirai Gwauya sits under a tree near his home in eastern Zimbabwe eating wild fruits and reading aloud from an old primary school textbook.

16 Feb 2017 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR AUGUST 2017

16 Feb 2017 description

Published: February 16, 2017 | By Nick Hanson-James

15 Feb 2017 description

Calls for enhanced capacities to prepare for and respond to emerging pests and diseases

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

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • Maize prices continued to increase in December in most countries in the region. The upward pressure is likely due to the peak of the lean season. Overall, maize prices are very likely to remain above their average price trend at least until the next harvest. The two countries in the region with the maximum monitored maize market in ALPS Crisis were Malawi and (89% of its markets) and Mozambique (100% of its markets).

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • WFP scales up its El Niño response to an additional 78,000 people in four districts, reaching 1.1 million people with Lean Season Assistance in January.

  • Initial findings of the ZimVAC Rapid Rural Assessment suggest that the lean season assistance may need to be extended for two months to prevent farmers from prematurely consuming immature crops.

  • Additional resources are urgently needed to support existing and additional new refugees at Tongogara refugee camp.

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • Exports of maize and convoy dispatches for Malawi and Zimbabwe for the El Niño response are expected to resume in February with a contract of 5,000 mt now concluded. An additional contract of 8,000 mt of maize also earmarked for exports is planned and will be sourced from commercial traders.

Operational Updates

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • In January 2017, WFP provided emergency food assistance to some 154,000 drought affected people, of which an estimated 30,000 received cash based transfers (CBT). WFP plans to reach 250,000 food insecure people during the lean season.

  • Funding gaps for the EMOP remain and from now until April 2017 WFP requires an additional USD 5.4 million to ensure monthly assistance to the 250,000 people.

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • The Government of Namibia releases the second issue of the Zero Hunger Newsletter raising awareness of activities being implemented by various actors that are contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2.

  • A total of 37 percent of the population in 12 regions, excluding //Karas and Khomas, are spending 65 percent of their income on food leaving very little to spend on other household needs.

15 Feb 2017 description

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  • January marked the peak of the nine month (July 2016 – March 2017) El Niño-induced drought response for WFP and partners, with 6 million people targeted for relief assistance.
    While all commodities were provided at full ration in January, Super Cereal continued at a reduced (75 percent) ration due to resource constraints.

14 Feb 2017 description

The African Water Facility (AWF) and NEPAD Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) signed on January 31, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa, a letter of agreement with the Orange Senqu River Basin Commission (ORASECOM) to launch the Climate Resilient Water Resources Investment Strategy and Multipurpose Project Preparation for the Orange-Senqu River Basin, shared by Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. The co-financed project, amounting to about €3.5 million, includes contributions from AWF of about €2 million and $1.2 million from NEPAD-IPPF.

14 Feb 2017 description

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• Three districts remain classified as IPC Phase 4 (Emergency), with others in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis).

• Pockets of high acute malnutrition persist, some above the WHO emergency threshold.

• Out of the 1.3 million people in IPC phases 1, 2, 3 and 4, still more than 1.1 million people (88%) remain in need of potable water.

• The rainfall season has commenced, except over Taolognaro.

14 Feb 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sebastian Mhofu

HARARE — The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is holding an emergency regional meeting in Zimbabwe on the spread of army worms in southern Africa, which is already struggling with food shortages. The pests are destroying crops in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

FAO coordinator for southern Africa Chimimba David Phiri said the meeting is aimed at finding a strategy to contain the situation.