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31 Jan 2017 description

Above-average seasonal rains cause flooding in some southern and central areas

Near Term: October 2016 - January 2017 Medium Term: February - May 2017

Key Messages

31 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Paulo Helio Mendes

Lubango, capital of Huíla province, was heavily affected by the drought caused by El Niño last year. As part of the response, UNICEF Angola supported an integrated vaccination program to prevent measles outbreaks in three southern provinces (Cunene, Huíla, and Namibe).

In the tiny village of Luyovo, about 30 km from Lubango, we found the small vaccination centre where Francisco Tyilumbe works as a technician involved in the integrated campaign for immunization against measles, deworming, and administration of vitamin A.

31 Jan 2017 description

The Emergency Relief Coordinator has allocated $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the 2017 first underfunded emergencies round to assist some six million people in neglected crises in nine countries. The funds will sustain life-saving relief in emergencies where humanitarian suffering is alarmingly high, but available resources are critically low. The funding will address

• Protracted and underfunded needs in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK);

30 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Food insecurity persists throughout Southern Africa

• Above-average rainfall likely to improve crop production regionally; however, some areas at risk of flooding

• Armyworm infestations damage maize in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Jan 2017 description
report UN News Service

30 janvier 2017 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, António Guterres, a octroyé 100 millions de dollars tirés du Fonds central d'intervention d'urgence (CERF) des Nations Unies pour soutenir les opérations d'aide dans neuf situations d'urgence négligées.

30 Jan 2017 description

Rome, 27 January 2017 – Investing in the resilience of smallholder farmers is more important than ever if we are to maintain the food security gains now being threatened by the after effects of El Niño and La Niña. That’s the message, Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will bring to the Presidents of Mozambique and Malawi on his visit to the two countries, from 30 January to 1 February and from 1 to 3 February, respectively.

30 Jan 2017 description
report New Era

Helvy Shaanika

Ongwediva-At least 32 percent of the Namibian population or 700 000 people depend on the government’s drought relief programme, according to the latest Agricultural Input and Household Food Security Situation Report.

The report that was issued last month states that because the country experienced the worst drought in its history, since 2012 the government has been putting more efforts and resources into mitigating the impacts of drought, which has not only affected the agriculture sector but also the national economy as a whole.

30 Jan 2017 description

(Addis Ababa/New York, 30 January 2017):

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres released US$100 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to sustain aid operations in nine neglected emergencies. CERF’s largest allocation of the year will reach more than 6 million people in crises where levels of vulnerability are alarmingly high but funding remains critically low. These countries are Cameroon, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia and Uganda.

30 Jan 2017 description

MAPUTO – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of €9.8 million (US$10.8 million) from the European Union to support its humanitarian operations in Mozambique.

The contribution comes as the country is responding to its worst period of drought in decades, exacerbated by the recent El Niño weather event. The funds enable WFP to assist more than 270,000 smallholder farmers whose crops were devastated by high temperatures and lack of rain during the 2015/2016 agricultural season.

27 Jan 2017 description

Highlights

  • Most parts of Lesotho experienced a rainfall deficit during the month, while Maseru and Mohale’s Hoek districts were hit by hail which destroyed some of the crops.

  • In December, WFP scaled up assistance in the seven most affected districts (Maseru, Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek, Quthing, Butha Buthe, Thaba Tseka and Berea) reaching 127,705 food insecure people through cash and food distributions.

Operational Updates

27 Jan 2017 description

Antsirabe, le 27 janvier 2017 : Afin de réduire la vulnérabilité des populations face aux effets néfastes et pervers du changement climatique et des phénomènes météorologiques, le PNUD a procédé au lancement à Antsirabe du projet « Amélioration des capacités d’adaptation et de résilience face au changement climatique dans les communautés rurales à Analamanga, Atsinanana, Androy, Anosy et Atsimo Andrefana ».

27 Jan 2017 description

Key points:

  • Negative coping levels reduce across Malawi but remain high for households headed by women

  • Maize prices are stable as humanitarian assistance reaches 97 percent of targeted population

  • New admissions increase in malnutrition treatment programmes for children, adolescents and adults

Situation Update

27 Jan 2017 description

Launch of the project “Improving Adaptation and Resilience to Address Climate Change in the Rural Communities of Analamanga, Atsinanana, Androy, Anosy and Atsimo Andrefana"

26 Jan 2017 description

26 January 2017

South Africa ranks highest in the first Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index– Africa (HANCI-Africa) launched today. Produced by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) with African Union’s New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD).

26 Jan 2017 description

Crisis overview

Since the beginning of January 2017, heavy seasonal rains have been affecting central and southern provinces in Mozambique. 44 people have died and 79,000 have been affected. The Mozambican authorities issued an orange alert for the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Inhambane and Nampula, yet areas of Tete and Sofala provinces have also been affected. The orange alert means that government institutions are planning for an impending disaster. Continued rainfall has been forecaste for the first quarter of 2017.

Key findings

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.