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03 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The improved rainy season and harvest in March and April 2017 may produce a temporary reprieve from the complex nutritional crisis in the south, however pockets of acute malnutrition remain an obstacle to recovery. Preliminary results of the UNICEF-led nutrition SMART surveys show GAM prevalence between 10 and 15 per cent in Beloha and Amboasary districts, within the “high” prevalence range for wasting,according to WHO standards (10-14 per cent).

03 May 2017 description

Caimbambo - The food stock of the peasant families in Caimbambo, coastal Benguela province, is dwindling due to irregular rainfall during the Agricultural season 2016/017.

The concern was expressed by the head of the municipal section of Agriculture and Livestock of Caimbambo, Cornélio Canandu.

He put at 90 percent of cereal production as having been affected by drought, causing significant losses that affect peasant food security in the region.

Canandu added that the ten percent of corn and bean production was achieved thanks to the irrigation system.

03 May 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary

03 May 2017 description

Regional Overview

Region
The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

02 May 2017 description

At the conference on, “Scaling-Up the Purchase for Progress (P4P) Model of Pro-Smallholder Market Development in Africa: The Vital Role and Impact of the Public Sector,” hosted by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-11 April, 2017, senior African policy makers and key stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and wider development community adopted this declaration as an affirmation of their strong commitment to scaling up the demand-led model of support to smallholder …

02 May 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

02 May 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

02 May 2017 description

Key Messages
- In March, food insecurity began to improve as many households began consuming green crops during the peak of the lean season. The situation further improved in April as poor and very poor households began drying the main season harvest early this season and consuming their own production as well. In addition, humanitarian assistance is still ongoing and will likely end in May and June.

02 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP extends its emergency response to June when cereal harvest is expected to be completed. Harvest is typically between March to July

  • March is the peak of the hunger season, when food is most scarce. As harvests begin, assistance will be gradually scaled down to reach the remaining and most vulnerable people during this period.

  • Flooding in parts of the country and the need for fumigation of commodities at the port warehouses results in delayed dispatches to deficit areas.

30 Apr 2017 description

Maize, maize meal and rice are the most important food commodities for poor. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with maize meal most often used as a substitute. Rice is also used as alternate staple as it compete with maize meal and is important for all wealth groups particularly for the middle and better off.

30 Apr 2017 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

30 Apr 2017 description

Maize grain and maize flour are the main foods consumed by all households in Zimbabwe. These food items are both produced locally and imported from neighboring countries particularly in the south western provinces of the country. The markets monitored are the main markets that offer both wholesale and retail supply in the respective regions of the country.

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2017 forecast to fall on an annual basis, mainly reflecting dryness in main-producing areas

  • Imports of rice projected to rise in 2017; currency weakness expected to maintain higher rice prices

  • Food security conditions remained stressed in southern regions, while impact of Cyclone Enawo increased humanitarian needs

Rice production in 2017 expected below average mostly on account of poor rains in main producing areas

30 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

· March marks the peak of the lean season across many countries impacted by last year’s El Niño-induced drought (source: FEWS NET).

· The rainfall season has been continuing to bring rain to the Grand Sud. While welcome, these rains are still hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the access to local markets.

· Some communities have opted for migration as a survival strategy because of the "Kere", this has affected until 35% of the population in the village of Beloha South (cumulated figure).

29 Apr 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

Household food security expected to improve with prospects of improved harvests region wide

29 Apr 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

• Extreme dryness from December 2016 to February 2017 affected the clove and coffee producing region of the eastern coast from Fenerive-est to Manakara (less than 30 percent of average rainfall). Rice producing regions of central western Madagascar received 30-40 percent of average rainfall. This will affect small farmer incomes from crop sales, in addition to labor incomes, and may also affect trade flows and price levels throughout the country.

28 Apr 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.