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16 Mar 2017 description

Overview

A severe drought, associated with the El Niño phenomena, resulted in a humanitarian emergency in which an estimated 40 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Vulnerability assessments and analysis indicated that 23 million required immediate humanitarian assistance, as of June 2016.

In response to this, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

27 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

66,672 South Sudanese refugees, most of them new arrivals.

102,489 Refugees from the Central African Republic.

36,332 Refugees from Burundi.

553,896 Congolese refugees in African countries

6,066 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC in 2016.

Working with partners

18 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • An estimated 1.42 million people (756,000 children) are affected by the drought, including 800,000 people food insecure in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila.

  • 17,762 children under five with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been treated through therapeutic treatment programmes assisted by UNICEF in 2016.

  • UNICEF has provided 52,500 people with access to safe water through the rehabilitation of 105 water pumps in 2016.

12 Jan 2017 description

Highlights:

  • ‘Market estimates for South Africa’s 2016/17 total maize production vary between 11.7 million tons and 13.0 million tons, which is well above the previous season’s output of 7.5 million tons. If this materializes, South Africa would return to be a net exporter of maize as domestic annual consumption is just 10.5 million tons’– Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za.) '

29 Dec 2016 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Despite some increase in rainfall during late November, poor and erratic rain since late September has resulted in droughts, which have negatively impacted crops and water availability in southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and eastern Kenya.

23 Dec 2016 description

The October-December rainfall season has performed poorly in East Africa

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the FAO.

  2. Poor early season rainfall has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

22 Dec 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rainy season continues in Southern Africa

  • UN revises RIASCO plan due to increasing lean season needs in Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

  • WFP anticipates break in the emergency food assistance pipeline in Madagascar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

20 Dec 2016 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Good performance of the current growing season (October 2016 - April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Nino event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.

  • The current growing season is developing under a La Nina event that is forecast to be short and weak. Historical data shows that La Nina events almost always lead to favourable rainfall and better than average crop production.

20 Dec 2016 description

Moçamdes - The Government of southwestern Namibe province will adopt measures to mitigate the effects of the drought and famine next year in the region.

This was announced over the weekend by the provincial governor, Rui Falcão, who explained that to this end, the Government will rehabilitate wells and boreholes to help the population to develop agriculture and livestock.

19 Dec 2016 description

Foreword

Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.

18 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable weather benefits early development of 2017 cereal crops

  • Drought conditions caused steep reduction in 2016 cereal production in southern provinces, but harvests were more favourable in central and northern areas

  • Weaker currency and impact of drought sustained high inflation rates

  • Food insecurity conditions severely stressed in southern provinces, with about 1.2 million people affected by drought in 2016

15 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

  • ‘The National Crop Estimate Committee’s data showed that RSA 2016/17 total maize plantings could increase by 27% from the previous season to 2.46 million hectares (more specifically, white and yellow maize plantings could increase by 43% y/y and 8% y/y to 1.46 million and 1.01 million hectares, respectively)’ – Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za)

13 Dec 2016 description

KEY MESSAGES

El Niño conditions persisting during the 2015/16 planting season have caused the worst drought in 35 years in Southern Africa, resulting in a second consecutive failed harvest. This has created severe food shortages and compounded existing vulnerabilities. Since July 2016, Namibia and Botswana have declared national drought emergencies, in addition to the declarations made earlier by Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Madagascar issued a letter of solidarity with the SADC Appeal, and Mozambique has maintained a red alert in affected areas.

09 Dec 2016 description

Insufficient rain has led to drought in the Greater Horn

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Poor early season precipitation has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

06 Dec 2016 description

Johannesburg, 6 December 2016: Southern Africa is now entering the peak of the lean season following the worst El Niño-induced drought in decades. With food stocks largely depleted due to poor or failed harvests across the region, estimates of people in need of humanitarian assistance have increased by more than one million to 13.8 million, mainly due to rising needs in Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe.