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21 Nov 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Marko Phiri

LUPANE, Zimbabwe, Nov 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Thabiso Dube isn't helping his mother at home, the scrawny 8-year-old is working alongside her, doing odd jobs in exchange for food.

He should be in class, but has virtually dropped out of school because he is always hungry, said his mother Sithandile Dube, of Lupane district in Matebeleland North province.

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21 Nov 2015 description

By Joe Brock

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 21 (Reuters) - South Africa may grant emergency aid to farmers in Gauteng province due to a severe drought that is scorching grazing pastures and threatening the key maize crop, a provincial official said on Saturday.

Authorities have earmarked some 450 million rand ($32 million) for drought-affected regions, but officials fear it may not be enough to stem the damage in the hardest-hit areas such as Gauteng and the southeastern province of KwaZulu-Natal.

20 Nov 2015 description
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2015/16 food security and vulnerability situation - (VAC 2015 Results)

Summary of the 2015/16 Botswana food security and vulnerability situation based on the results of the 2015 vulnerability assessment.

20 Nov 2015 description

Increased rainfall to bring some relief to anomalously dry areas of South Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Several consecutive weeks of above-average rainfall has increased the risk for flooding and river inundation in the White Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatorial provinces of South Sudan.

20 Nov 2015 description


Abnormal rainfall patterns during 2014/2015 have contributed to a spike in food insecurity, which is currently affecting at least 27.4 m people regionally (and this excludes Angola, which has yet to publish official figures; and Madagascar, which did not present to SADC, but where 1.9 m people are food insecure, of which 460,000 people are severely so). In Malawi and Zimbabwe, 2.8 m and 1.5 m people are food insecure respectively.

19 Nov 2015 description

Pretoria - Government has added R96.6 million to the initial R352.6 million set aside to support South Africa’s drought relief efforts, says Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe.

At a post Cabinet briefing on Thursday, the Minister said this includes the purchase of 45 water tankers for the distribution of water to affected areas, borehole drilling and rehabilitation, water conservation and demand management, and water source augmentations.

19 Nov 2015 description

Major Shocks & Hazards - Rainfall Performance 2014/15

• Prolonged dry spells then experienced from 2nd dekad of February 2015 to the 3rd dekad of March, 2015.

• The Prolonged dry spells were experienced in Western (all districts), Southern (all districts), Eastern Province (all districts), some parts of Central, Luapula, Muchinga, North-western and Lusaka Provinces being severely affected.

• The prolonged dry spells coupled with poor rainfall distribution shortened the growing season.

19 Nov 2015 description

Overview 2014/15 Crop Production Season

• Crop Estimates indicated extremely poor crop harvest in all dry land crop producing regions

• Aggregate cereal production (white maize, pearl millet, sorghum and wheat) is estimated at 67,800 MT

• Reflecting a reduction of 46% below average and 49% lower than previous season

• Also 17% lower than the 2012/13 drought season

• 38,100 MT white maize, 15,300 MT pearl millet, 1,700 MT sorghum and 12,700 MT wheat.

18 Nov 2015 description

Lubango - The second phase of the Institutional Development of the Water Sector Project (PDISA) will start in December, said Wednesday in Lubango, southern Huila province, the head of Environmental Area of National Water Department Alexandrina Pires.

Alexandrina Pires said that the project will benefit 1.3 million people of the provinces of Namibe, Lunda-Norte, Huila, Cuanza Norte, Moxico, Huambo, Uige, Malanje and Bié.

18 Nov 2015 description

Harare, 18 November 2015 – The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has announced the allocation of US$ 8.1 million to Zimbabwe to support life-saving interventions in its Food Insecurity Response Plan launched in October 2015.

18 Nov 2015 description

Objectives of Assessment 2014/15

  • To assess the status of livelihoods and vulnerability in rural households and provide timely information for programming and decision making.

  • To understand the different capabilities (assets) of households to cope with crises such as droughts, floods, economic fluctuations, plant or animal pests and diseases.

  • Use the Household Economy Approach to get the numbers of people food insecure for the consumption period 2015-2016.

18 Nov 2015 description

Overview 2014/15 Livestock

The livestock census indicates 8% National increase in sheep and goats though there is a significant decrease in Qacha’s Nek mainly due to livestock theft and diseases followed by Mafeteng, Mohale’s Hoek ,Thaba Tseka and Maseru.

Cattle herd size has declined by 7% in Qacha’s Nek, Thaba Tseka, Mokhotlong followed by a marginal increase in Berea compared to reference year.

Increase in livestock price ranging from 15 – 86% for cattle and 15 – 60% for shoats and an increase in both prices and quantity of wool and mohair

18 Nov 2015 description

GABORONE / GENEVA (17 November 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation, Léo Heller, today urged the Government of Botswana to take the current extreme drought as an opportunity to develop a comprehensive strategy for providing access to safe drinking water and sanitation in the foreseen increasing water stress.

18 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Gibbs Dube

WASHINGTON DC— Some Zimbabwean farmers in Manicaland, Matabeleland North, Masvingo and Midlands provinces say lack of draught power, costly agricultural inputs and delayed rains are clear signs that Zimbabwe is heading for a disastrous crop season.

Some farmers, who spoke to Studio 7, said they are almost giving up even before the onset of the rains as domestic animals used for tilling the land are too weak while maize seed and other agricultural inputs are too expensive.

18 Nov 2015 description
report Voice of America

Patricia Mudadigwa

BINGA, MATABELELAND NORTH— The Ministry of Education recently reported that the number of school dropouts in the country is alarming as parents struggle to raise fees due to poverty.

But in remote Binga district, Matabeleland North, parents say it is not only about school fees but hunger that has forced the majority of school-going children to pull out of school.

Speaking to Studio 7 in Muchesu, which is about 80 kilometres from Binga town, parents said the current drought in the area has forced their children to stay at home.

17 Nov 2015 description
report The Guardian

The drought that may prevent many South African farmers planting this year could lead to food shortages and social unrest, and stall land redistribution

Hannes Geldenhuys, a burly farmer in South Africa’s Gauteng province, surveys his fields. At this time of year, they should be a green, thigh-high carpet of maize and soybean. Instead, all he sees is the decaying residue of his last crop: hectare upon hectare of brittle, yellowing stalks.

17 Nov 2015 description

Situation Overview

The ZIMVAC 2015 rural livelihoods assessment indicated that approximately 10% of the rural population is projected to be food insecure for the period of October - December 2015 and that 16% of the rural popultationis projected to be food insecure for the period of January - March 2016.