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30 Jun 2015 description

We are delighted to share with you Issue 5 of Nutrition Exchange. In keeping with our aim to have the majority of NEX content written by national actors engaged in nutrition specific and sensitive activities, this issue features nine original articles from Kenya, Niger, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi and Namibia, as well as an article from an African nutrition network. this issue also includes summaries of nutrition related reviews, research, and news that we feel could be of interest to our readers. the original articles cover a range of programmatic experiences and policy issues.

29 Jun 2015 description

Pretoria – Government has warned that crop yields are estimated to be low for this year, as compared to last year.

This is due to late rains in some summer rainfall areas during the 2014/15 summer season and the very dry conditions that were experienced during January and February 2015 which affected crop production in some parts of the country.

These conditions mostly affected rain-fed farmers, rather than those farming under irrigation.

23 Jun 2015 description

Regional Overview

Regional crop production, especially for cereal, is expected to decrease as a result of the uncharacteristic and erratic 2014/15 rainfall season. Significant maize production declines from the five-year average are forecasted for Zimbabwe (37 per cent), Namibia (39 per cent), South Africa (22 per cent) and Malawi (22 per cent). The results of national vulnerability assessments, which are expected around late-July, will provide a clearer picture of the scale of food insecurity.

23 Jun 2015 description
map EARS

The 2014-15 growing season drought in southern Botswana

The map presents the relative evapotranspiration (RE) as derived from Meteosat by EARS Earth Environment Monitoring Ltd in Delft, the Netherlands. RE represents crop water use and is proportional to crop yield. In the map red and black colors point to serious water shortages and related yield losses.

23 Jun 2015 description

Extreme dryness and Foot-and-mouth disease limits pastoral movements in the south


  • Final estimates for high producing areas are beginning to reflect an average season for most of the country. However, production in Cunene Province is now expected to be worse than the drought-affected 2011-2012 season, and production in Huila Province is expected to be below average. In parts of Cunene, basic staple food supplies are scarce and poor households find it difficult to access these supplies in markets.

13 Jun 2015 description

After the support they were receiving from WFP ended in November 2013, the farmers of Ha-Mohapi village defied the odds and worked to produce a flourishing fruit tree plantation. The proud farmers are today the envy of passers-by who stop to see how the trees have transformed a once barren area.

Farmers supported by WFP defy odds

By Tsitsi Matope

A three-acre plot of fruit trees is flourishing on a remote hillside of Ra-Mohapi Village in Mafeteng District, south of the capital, Maseru.

11 Jun 2015 description
report New Era


Grazing and livelihoods have rapidly deteriorated as the dry spell worsens in many parts of northern Namibia.

People and livestock in especially Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene regions are seriously affected by the water crisis following erratic rainfall this year. Chairman of the Kunene Regional Council Dudu Murorua said Kunene only received 83 millimetres of rain – and as a result people and elephants graze and search for water in the same areas, which poses a threat to humans.