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28 Apr 2017 description

Food availability and access improve significantly as harvest starts

Key Messages

28 Apr 2017 description

Delayed harvests result in extension of government and partner humanitarian assistance

Key Messages

28 Apr 2017 description

Near average maize harvest expected due to favorable rainfall

Key Messages

28 Apr 2017 description
report Global Communities

By Deborah Kafanikhale

The USDA-funded Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) program, implemented by Global Communities (GC) since September 2014 in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi, facilitates agribusinesses to access markets and finance as a way of bolstering domestic, regional and international trade of agricultural products. In Malawi, the program targets grains, livestock and horticulture value chains.  

27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Improved vegetation conditions across Southern Africa increase likelihood of aboveaverage harvests

• USAID partners provide assistance to cyclone- and drought-affected populations

• USAID/OFDA provides nearly $1.6 million to UNICEF to help address nutrition and WASH needs in southern Madagascar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

27 Apr 2017 description

GENEVA / LUSAKA (27 April 2017) – The situation of the right to food in Zambia will be investigated by United Nations Special Rapporteur Hilal Elver, during an official visit from 3 to 12 May 2017.  

“I will pay special attention to the situation of peasants and smallholders, including women, and the efforts made to improve their livelihoods,” Ms. Elver said, launching the first visit to the country by an independent expert on the right to food mandated by the Human Rights Council.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP scaled up the cash based transfer component significantly reaching 114,056 people, while 88,580 are receiving in-kind rations in March/April.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded. While the distribution of household rations resumed in November 2016, pipeline breaks are expected in June 2017.

Operational Updates

Drought and Food Security:

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 3 March 2017, Namibia celebrated Africa Day for School Feeding. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in partnership with WFP and sponsors from the private sector commemorated the day at Hillside Primary School in Goreangab Dam, Windhoek. This day was celebrated to raise awareness of school feeding as an important food safety net for protection against hunger and investment in the education of children.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP assisted 176,367 food-insecure people with cash and food. 53 percent of the beneficiaries were women.

  • WFP tracking indicates that the average maize prices decreased from M74/12.5kg in January to M72 in February. However, although lower than in 2016, the prices are 18 percent higher than the five year average.

  • The food security situation is gradually improving as manifested in the decline in negative coping strategies, according to WFP monitoring reports.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Malawi continued sharing with the general public food price data collected through the mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (mVAM) monitoring system via a new platform called Free Basics website on a Facebook page.

  • A study on the Emergency School Meals was conducted in eight treatment and eight control schools in two targeted districts, which showed that in Emergency School Meals-supported schools, enrolment increased by seven percent.

Operational Updates

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Tropical cyclone ENAWO made landfall in Antalaha district, in the north-east of Madagascar on 7 March. WFP has responded to the emergency by distributing High Energy Biscuits and food baskets to victims of the cyclone in most affected northeastern, south-eastern districts as well as the capital Antananarivo.

  • In March, WFP continued its drought emergency response to meet the needs of disaster-affected communities through food and cash-based unconditional assistance and nutrition support.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Ministry of Health has issued a clearance letter allowing WFP to import 60,000 sachets of Micronutrient Powders (MNP) into the country. The permit allows WFP to implement the MNP project in 10 schools in Petauke District thru the end of December, 2017.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP launches its five-year Country Strategic Plan (2017-2021), strengthening its resilience and social protection work in the country.

  • WFP extends Leas Season Assistance (LSA) by a month to April 2017 in 13 Districts, in order to discourage early yield and consumption of immature crops.

  • WFP urgently requires USD 2.5 million in additional resources to continue providing assistance to the increasing refugee inflows at Tongogara Camp.

Operational Updates

25 Apr 2017 description

The increasing cases of mulnutrition in the Kweneng district has been attributed to shortage of food commodities resulting in the insufficient supply to primary schools and health facilities in some areas in the district .

This was revealed in a multi-sectoral report to the Drought Inter-ministerial Assessment Team presented by the Mogoditshane/ Thamaga Sub -district.

25 Apr 2017 description
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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

25 Apr 2017 description

Projected food assistance needs for October 2017

24 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Andrew Brown

Successive droughts and failed crops in Malawi have left people in the grips of a hunger crisis. Desperate to feed her son, 18-year-old Shamim resorted to selling sex. UNICEF and partners are working to support others like her and to develop longer term solutions to protect children and adolescents.

24 Apr 2017 description

LILONGWE – The Government of Japan has made a US$3.7 million contribution to food and nutrition security activities run by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF in Malawi. Of this sum, US$2.57 million went to WFP and US$1.13 million to UNICEF.