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Zambia Food Security Outlook October 2014 to March 2015

Minimal acute food insecurity expected through end of the lean season

Key Messages

  • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are likely for the duration of the outlook period. This is supported by the good harvest from the 2014/15 production which will see a milder lean season. Own produced staple food will be available to rural households a little longer than usual and therefore demand from the market will start increasing in December as opposed to October.

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IOM Aids Zambia Prisons Service to Protect Rights of Migrants

Zambia - IOM Zambia, with support from the IOM Development Fund, is building the capacity of the Zambia Prisons Service to protect the rights of migrants in detention.

Estimates indicate that Zambian prisons currently host more than 260 men, women and children who are detained on a broad range of immigration-related offenses.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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World + 26 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 25 - October 2014

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

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World + 9 others
Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa Staying the Course, October 2014

Strong Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Pockets of Difficulty

  • Infrastructure, services, agriculture driving growth in most economies
  • Positive outlook overshadowed by Ebola impact in affected countries
  • Goals are high, inclusive growth and addressing fiscal risks in a few countries

Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF said in its regional outlook.

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Zambia + 1 other
Support of the rehabilitation of the Kariba dam: The Zambezi River Authority finalize preparations with donors

The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA), an organization established to manage the Zambezi River Basin on behalf of the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe, recently hosted representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Union (EU), the Swedish Embassy to Zambia and the World Bank Group (WBG) to finalise preparations in support of the rehabilitation of the Kariba Dam.

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Mary’s Meals now feeding hungry children in Zambia

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Mary's Meals

Mary’s Meals has rolled out its school feeding programme to Zambia, one of the world’s poorest countries.

The Scottish-based charity is now providing 20,000 children with a daily meal every day they attend school in the poverty-stricken African country.

Located in south-central Africa, the vast majority of the population in Zambia live on around a £1 a day and Government figures show that over a million children go to school hungry.

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World + 41 others
Global Food Security Update - Issue 15, October 2014

TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

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Madagascar + 23 others
Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Update for September with a Forecast through Mid-November, 2014

SUMMARY

The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.

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Zambia Price Bulletin September 2014

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.

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World + 25 others
Price Watch September 2014 Prices

Key Messages

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in August, with carryover stocks and early grain, tuber, and legume harvests. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger, Chad, and Mauritania and conflict-affected areas of northeastern Nigeria. The Ebola outbreak has led to both official and voluntary restrictions on the movement of goods and people in affected countries, resulting in atypical market trends in some areas.

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Ethiopia + 11 others
Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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World + 11 others
Medical and nursing students’ intentions to work abroad or in rural areas: a cross-sectional survey in Asia and Africa

A cross-sectional survey reveals that less than one fifth of medical and nursing students in developing countries intend to work in remote and rural areas, where they are needed most.

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Angola + 10 others
Food Security Early Warning System - Agromet Update Issue 1, 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

Four seasonal forecasts were issued at the SARCOF, covering the periods October to December 2014 (figure 1a), November 2014 to January 2015 (figure 1b), December 2014 to February 2015 (figure 1c), and January to March 2015 (figure 1d). According to the SARCOF, most of the SADC region is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall (light blue colours) throughout the forecast period. The exceptions are as follows:

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World + 15 others
Rainfall Forecast for the 2014/2015 Agricultural Season

The Eighteenth Southern Africa Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-18) was convened from 27 to 29 August 2014 in Harare, Zimbabwe by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2014/2015 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2014 to March 2015 were prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

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Zambia: Vulnerability Assessment Results 2014 (Zambia VAC)

Key Findings

  • Households headed by females (57.3 percent) were more likely to be severely affected by floods than their male counterpart (49.7 percent).

  • The experience of the floods led to loss of income (35 percent); loss of assets (6.2 percent) with 4.4 percent of respondents claiming losses in both income and assets.

  • Production in households hit by shocks was lower than those that did not experience any shocks possibly leading to reported loss in income.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 2 others
Leaders at UN summit take steps to ensure food security for 9 billion people by 2050

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UN News Service

With demand for food set to increase 60 per cent, leaders at the UN Climate Summit aim to transform agricultural practices by increasing productivity while reducing carbon emissions.