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30 Jul 2016 description

Minimal food insecurity outcomes to continue in most parts of the country

Key Messages

  • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes will continue from July to January for most parts of the country due to increased household food supplies from the recent harvest.

28 Jul 2016 description

At least $109 million is urgently required for the provision of seeds and other agricultural inputs and services

28 July 2016, Rome - With only a few weeks before land preparation begins for the next main cropping season, some 23 million people in Southern Africa urgently need support to produce enough food to feed themselves and thus avoid being dependent on humanitarian assistance until mid 2018, FAO said today.

28 Jul 2016 description

KEY POINTS

  • Despite surplus production, June 2016 maize prices are higher than same period last year (June 2015) and above the five-year average. This may be attributed to factors including dryness and cross-border trading with neighbouring countries.

  • Erratic rainfall has reduced beans production and decreased the availability of beans in Southern and Western provinces.

  • Traders are concerned about unstable legume prices and high transportation costs.

METHODOLOGY

27 Jul 2016 description

By Bruce Mulenga, Zambia Red Cross Society

For many months, it stood unusable – a borehole within arms’ reach of the Sikaunzwe Primary School in southern Zambia. Tantalizing, it enticed students and teachers, in an area currently affected by a prolonged dry spell. But it was broken, and could not provide one drop of the most precious resource – water.

27 Jul 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Botswana is the latest country to declare a State of Emergency due to the ongoing drought, joining Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Additionally, eight of South Africa’s nine provinces, typically accounting for 90 percent of the country’s maize production, have been declared drought disaster areas.

  • WFP is significantly scaling-up food & nutrition programming to reach 11.9 million people, undertake technical analysis and provide supply-chain capacity support to national and regional action.

27 Jul 2016 description

The Southern African Development Community declared a Regional Disaster and launched an Appeal amounting to U$2.4 billion to support the humanitarian needs and disaster response recovery of millions of people affected by the El- Niño-induced drought in the region. The declaring of the Regional Disaster and the launch of the Appeal was announced today the 26th of July 2016 in Gaborone, Botswana, by His Excellency Lt. General Dr.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
  • ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
  • USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region

Key Developments

  • Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
26 Jul 2016 description

In Southern Africa, the effects of the 2015/16 El Niño event continue to devastate the lives and livelihoods of millions of smallholder farmers, pastoralists and agropastoralists. Two, and in some cases three, consecutive seasons of drought and poor harvests have particularly hit vulnerable families, as prices of staple foods have risen and their own production fallen. Lack of water and pasture has also severely constrained livestock production. Almost 40 million people are expected to face food insecurity by the peak of the coming lean season (late 2016/early 2017).

26 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

21 Jul 2016 description
report AidData

July 20, 2016-- On Monday, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR), announced the provisional winners of its $85 million DREAMS innovation challenge to reduce HIV/AIDS rates among adolescent girls and women in sub-Saharan African countries.

21 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • To assess the multifaceted problems triggered by El Nino in Zambia, the Government’s Disaster Mitigation and Management Unit (DMMU), Ministry of Community Development, DFID, WFP, UNICEF and INGOs are operationalizing an integrated emergency response from August to March 2017 for 975,738 people identified as needing assistance
19 Jul 2016 description

· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today

· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region

19 Jul 2016 description

Hunger: More than a moral outrage

The statistics are shocking, so utterly appalling as to be beyond comprehension: 780 million people deprived of sufficient nourishment; three million under-fives dead from hunger in just one year; and, 66 million primary school children sent to class every day on empty stomachs.

Tragically, this is not the trailer for some postapocalyptic sci-fi blockbuster, but hard truths about the world we live in.

15 Jul 2016 description

Highlights:

  • The South African National Crop Estimate Committee’s (CEC) sixth maize production estimate (June 2016) stands at 7.16 million tonnes, unchanged from the previous estimate (May). The expected yields per hectare are 3.05 t/ha (white maize) and 4.36 t/ha for yellow maize.

15 Jul 2016 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2017

14 Jul 2016 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

14 Jul 2016 description

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency.