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.
Balaclava, Mauritius – 26 November. The meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Disaster Risk Management held the 26th November 2016 has adopted the SADC Regional Disaster Preparedness and Response Strategy which is expected to enhance coordinated interventions to disasters in the region.
The livestock industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the agricultural economy, contributing approximately 40 percent of the global value of agricultural production. Most of this growth is in response to global changes, such as a growing and increasingly urbanized human population, accompanied by an increase in meat consumption.
SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2016 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The season started slowly in some areas.
During September to November, wetter than normal areas spread over the central and western Angola, eastern Botswana, north-eastern South Africa, northern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Seasonally average conditions occurred across north -western DRC, north and west of Tanzania, Madagascar and south Mozambique.
DJF2016/17 RAINFALL UPDATE OUTLOOK SUMMARY
Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2015 and 1996 to 2015
Despite the progress made against HIV over the past 15 years and the availability of proven prevention and treatment methods, the annual number of new HIV infections among adults has remained static, at an estimated 1.9 million a year since 2010. Moreover, there has been resurgence of new HIV infections among key populations in some parts of the world.
South Africa - Government employees and civil society representatives convened this week (22-23/11) in Johannesburg for the third National Migration Health Consultation to discuss South Africa’s progress in responding to the HIV epidemic. The national consultations have been held since 2010 to discuss equitable access to the public health system in South Africa.
Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam today, as the agency launches a new global campaign called “Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls” to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations.
A third of women will experience violence at some point in their life. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries of geography or culture – it is a global crisis. However, marginalized women, including poor women and girls, are the most vulnerable to violence.
Johannesburg – The first national CD4/viral load monitoring dashboard has been launched in South Africa to help doctors and nurses keep a close eye on the health of HIV/Aids patients and reduce fatalities caused by illnesses linked to the epidemic.
The dashboard was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday by Right to Care in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Health Laboratory Service, National Institute of Communicable Diseases and Boston University.
Timely rains commenced in South Africa, Swaziland and eastern Botswana, resulting in planting in some areas and slight improvement in dam levels
Slow and erratic onset of rains was observed in northern parts of the region, and an improvement is expected by late November to early December
Shortfalls in commercial maize seed availability and farmers’ reduced purchasing power may negatively affect harvest prospects in several countries if unaddressed
Pretoria - Cabinet has conveyed its condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives in the recent floods and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“The nation’s thoughts and prayers are with those whose loved ones are still missing,” Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe said on Thursday.
Flash floods in Gauteng and Mpumalanga resulted in the loss of lives, displaced communities, especially in informal areas, and destroyed infrastructure such as roads, bridges and property.
Pretoria - Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu has dispatched an outbreak response team to the areas surrounding the Jukskei River following the recent flash flooding and the subsequent bursting of the river banks.
This is in a bid to mitigate any potential water borne disease outbreaks.
The Jukskei River is one of the longest rivers in Gauteng and flows through several industrialised and semi-rural areas hence it is always heavily contaminated.
Pretoria - The Gauteng Executive Council has declared a state of disaster in parts of Gauteng affected by flash floods.
The declaration, which was made today at a special meeting in Johannesburg, is made in terms of section 41 of the Disaster Management Act.
On the afternoon of 9 November 2016, Gauteng experienced heavy downpours, which led to flash floods in parts of Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.
At Annual Meeting, Don’t Trade Away Justice in Face of Withdrawals
Managing the transition from traditional aid to new kinds of development partnerships is increasingly important for DFID in the current aid landscape.
ICAI examined how well the Department for International Development managed the process of ending bilateral aid, or transitioning to new forms of development partnerships, in seven countries.
2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015.
It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
State of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in the Southern African Development Community
Flash floods in Johannesburg over the past two days have caused, havoc, panic and left many people destitute. Lifelong belongings were destroyed in a blink of an eye. Red Cross Volunteers and Staff took to the Streets of Section 19 in Alexandra and handed out clothing and toiletries donated by Land Rover South Africa to the destitute families that are housed in The Jesus is Lord Church. Red Cross thanks Land Rover South Africa for their Hope Crosses any Terrain donations.