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13 Feb 2017 description

YOKOHAMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed the announcement last week of a US$85.2 million cash contribution from the Government of Japan. The donation will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 33 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

13 Feb 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 6.7 million people in need of relief food assistance

  • 24 districts affected by acute food insecurity

Highlights

  • Following the start of relief assistance in response to El Niño-induced food insecurity in July 2016, WFP and partners are at the peak of the operation reaching 6.7 million Malawians in what has become the longest and largest humanitarian response on record (see timeline, pg 3).

13 Feb 2017 description

In Numbers

  • 2.1 million people acutely food insecure

  • 616,744 people reached in January

  • 589,458 people reached under FFA/GFD

  • 13,780 children reached with school meals

  • 13,506 displaced people assisted

  • 1,615 received nutrition rehabilitation support

Highlights

  • Heavy rainfall and flash floods in parts of Manica province have damaged access roads resulting in delays for food deliveries.

12 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the past three years, the south of Madagascar has hardly seen a drop of rain.

  • 95% of harvests was lost and 1 million people are living in precarious food insecure situations.

  • A system of cash transfers is helping destitute households cover their basic needs and plan for future shocks.

10 Feb 2017 description

Heavy rainfall was widespread across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

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

09 Feb 2017 description

◾The worst drought in the last 35 years related to El Nino has led to high levels of food insecurity with several areas in IPC 3 and IPC 4. Currently 13.8 million people are targeted for humanitarian assistance.

◾Heavy rainfall and floods in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique are adversely affecting crop production and may prolong need for humanitarian assistance if harvests are undermined.

09 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, CERF allocated US$ 295 million – approximately 67 per cent of annual global allocations – to support life-saving humanitarian activities across Africa. Over $166 million was allocated through CERF’s Rapid Response window to kick-start humanitarian operations in response to new or rapidly deteriorating emergencies, while nearly $129 million was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies window to help underfunded and neglected emergencies.

09 Feb 2017 description

Armyworm outbreak in several countries may affect maize production levels

Key Messages

  • In January, areas in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Lesotho continued to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) acute food insecurity outcomes where humanitarian assistance coverage is very low and needs are high. During this peak lean period, there is the possibility for some isolated households to experience Emergency (IPC Phase 4) outcomes. In Madagascar and Malawi, area outcomes have improved to Stressed (IPC Phase 2!) because of ongoing assistance.

09 Feb 2017 description

ANTANANARIVO – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial (PAM) a reçu une contribution financière de 2,3 millions de dollars américains ainsi qu’un don en nature de 620 tonnes de riz du gouvernement du Japon au profit du programme d’alimentation scolaire mis en œuvre sous la conduite du Ministère de l’Education Nationale.

08 Feb 2017 description

Worldwide, humanitarian needs are rising, driven by conflicts that know no end, and chronic natural disasters whose effects last for years. Today more than 128 million people in 33 countries need humanitarian aid to survive — a figure not seen since the Second World War. “With this staggering level of need, now more than ever, world leaders need to step up their support to the world’s most vulnerable people,” says the UN’s Humanitarian Chief, Stephen O’Brien.

08 Feb 2017 description

Key points

  • Household food security remained stable for households headed by men but deteriorated for those headed by women

  • Over two thirds of respondent households were using the most severe coping strategies

  • Negative coping levels were higher in Harare in December compared with November

  • Prices of maize grain and maize meal increased in most surveyed markets

Situation Update

08 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • In January, WFP assisted 153,000 food insecure people through cash and food transfers.

  • Plans are underway to source maize meal for the school feeding programme locally; a proportion of the food is planned to be sourced from smallholder farmers.

  • WFP provided mobile devices to Lesotho Meteorological Services (LMS) to enable the Government to collect and disseminate real time weather data.

Operational Updates

07 Feb 2017 description

By: Piers Pigou

The ruling ZANU-PF is exploiting the many weaknesses of Zimbabwe’s electoral system to outpace the country’s divided opposition. Yet without a real change of policy, the country seems doomed to steeper decline.

06 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Monday, 6 February 2017 00:01 GMT

The armyworm is destroying young maize plants across Africa and could reach Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade

By Kate Kelland

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Scientists tracking a crop-destroying caterpillar known as armyworm say it is now spreading rapidly across mainland Africa and could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years, threatening agricultural trade.

06 Feb 2017 description

New pest poses novel threat to region reeling from effects of consecutive droughts

3 February 2017, Harare – A fall armyworm outbreak, the first emergence of the pest in southern Africa, is causing considerable crop damage in some countries. If the pest damage aggravates, it could dampen prospects for good crop harvests that is anticipated in the current farming season. Maize, a staple food in the region has been the most affected, as well as other cereals including sorghum, millet and wheat.

04 Feb 2017 description

Lighter, but well distributed rains received across much of southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

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

04 Feb 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.
EWEA enables FAO to act early before disasters have happened and to mitigate or even prevent their impact. By lessening damages to livelihoods and protecting assets and investments, FAO can help local livelihoods become more resilient to threats and crises.

03 Feb 2017 description

Key Points

  • Over half of rural households continue to use the most severe negative coping strategies
  • Over two thirds of socio-economically worst-off households are buying food on credit
  • A little over half the traders have stocks of basic foods
  • Average maize meal prices are 7 percent higher than one year ago

Seasonal Outlook

03 Feb 2017 description

Methodology

A total of 92 markets were monitored through face-to-face and telephone interviews from 27 districts (Figure 1). A minimum of 4 markets were interviewed per district and the district values represent the averages of those markets. The districts are from cereal surplus and deficit regions.