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12 Nov 2015 description

Late or erratic start of the season and below average rainfall will affect agriculture labor opportunities

Key Messages

12 Nov 2015 description

Regional needs expected to increase with 2015/16 El Niño

20 Oct 2015 description
report UN News Service

19 octobre 2015 – Plus de 27 millions de personnes en Afrique australe risquent d'être confrontées à l'insécurité alimentaire au cours des six prochains mois, ont prévenu lundi l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture (FAO) et le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) qui ont annoncé une extension de leurs opérations.

19 Oct 2015 description

JOHANNESBURG – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) are expanding their operations in response to growing food insecurity as a result of poor harvests across much of southern Africa. There will be an estimated 27.4 million food-insecure people in the region during the next six months, according to the Southern African Development Community 2015 Vulnerability Assessments. *

06 Oct 2015 description

Overview of the SARCOF Forecast

The Nineteenth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-19) was convened from 26 to 28 August 2015 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) to formulate consensus guidance for the 2015/2016 rainfall season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2015 to March 2016 was prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the SADC region and the SADC CSC.

01 Oct 2015 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

15 Sep 2015 description

Main Outcomes and Findings of the VACs

The number of food insecure people in the countries providing data increased by 13% (13.4 million this year compared to 10.3 million for last year) which was an above average year.

The exceptions were Mozambique and Swaziland where numbers continued to decrease.

In comparison to last year major increases in food insecure population are noted in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe

03 Sep 2015 description

The SADC says the 2014/15 rainfall season was generally poor in most parts of the region, with prolonged dry spells in some parts and both floods and prolonged dry spells in other parts resulting in an unsatisfactory overall food security situation for the 2015/16 marketing year.

Director for Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) at the SADC Secretariat, Mrs. Margaret Nyirenda, said this during a media briefing held on 14th August 2015 at the Gaborone International Conference Centre (GICC) ahead of the 35th Ordinary Summit for Heads of States in Botswana.

01 Sep 2015 description

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.

20 Aug 2015 description

Low regional cereal supplies and above-average staple prices expected

KEY MESSAGES

30 Jun 2015 description

Overview

Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.

09 Jun 2015 description

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.

24 May 2015 description

Stressed and Crisis Acute food insecurity outcomes expected due to below-average harvests

KEY MESSAGES

01 Apr 2015 description

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.

23 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Dry, hot conditions intensify in February in southern half of the region, negatively affecting crops in several areas including South Africa, Lesotho and Zimbabwe

  • Heavy February rainfall received in parts of Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique

  • Dry conditions in early March potentially compromise production prospects in late-planted areas in north-eastern parts of the region

04 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• In the early stages (October-November) of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa significant rainfall deficits and delayed starts to the season were noted in the border areas of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. In contrast, Tanzania, Namibia, Angola and Botswana enjoyed a good start of the season.

18 Feb 2015 description

Heavy rains fell over saturated areas of southeastern Africa.

Rainfall deficits grow over dry areas in southern Zimbabwe, central/southern Tanzania, South Africa, and Namibia.

16 Feb 2015 description

Due to a late onset of rains in most of the region, continued rainfall is needed until April

Key Messages

07 Feb 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL

  • The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
    Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.

  • Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;