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14 Dec 2007 description

Release number IFAD/52/07

Rome, 14 December 2007 - IFAD's Executive Board approved more than US$236 million in loans and US$20 million in grants for projects and programmes that will help poor rural people in developing overcome poverty.

The 92nd session of the Board was held from 11 to 13 December at IFAD headquarters in Rome.

The Board also approved US$6.24 million in grants to support agricultural research and development activities in rural regions of poor countries.

Western and Central Africa to receive US$76.09 million in loans and US$1.2 million in grants

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30 Oct 2007 description

This report covers the period from 9/13/2007 to 10/30/2007

The FEWS NET Outlook for Southern Africa incorporates the findings from six country outlooks for the period October 2007 to March 2008. This outlook provides a basis for regional and global resource allocation and contingency planning, as well as in-country planning. This report summarizes the results of this process for Southern Africa, highlighting what FEWS NET believes are the major threats to food security in the period October 2007 to March 2008.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

30 Sep 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional: Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania continue to supply maize to grain deficit countries.

25 Sep 2007 description

JOHANNESBURG, 25 September 2007 (IRIN) - While increasingly grim forecasts predict agricultural declines in southern Africa due to climate change, a farming method called Conservation Agriculture (CA) is showing promise for subsistence farmers who are already struggling with poor food security.

A recent study by economist William R. Cline, 'Global Warming and Agriculture: Impact Estimates by Country,' predicts a 39-47 percent decline in agriculture in southern Africa by 2080 if greenhouse gases escalate at their current pace.

12 Sep 2007 description

The recently concluded National Vulnerability Assessments found that the number of food insecure people in Southern Africa has almost doubled, from about 3.1 million last year to 6.1 million this year.

31 Jul 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional: The Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (rVAC) recently reported a regional cereal deficit of three million metric tonnes (MT) for this season. Regional deficits have in previous years been largely covered by South Africa's surplus maize production, but this year's harvest was drastically reduced. Countries that cannot meet their own needs will rely on commercial imports from Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, all of which have surpluses.

17 Jul 2007 description

FAO NEW SRELEASE 07/85 E

28 countries face food shortages

Rome, 17 July 2007- An anticipated slowdown in growth of cereal production in low-income food-deficit countries, coupled with prospects for continued high international prices, could result in a tighter food supply situation for these countries in the coming year, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

30 Jun 2007 description

Executive Summary

1. Introduction

President Bush signed the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (the Act) on December 1, 2005. The Act sets out as a central goal the provision of affordable and equitable access to safe water and sanitation in developing countries as a key component of U.S. foreign assistance programs. It requires the Secretary of State, in consultation with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other U.S.

30 Jun 2007 description

FOCUS

Food import bills reach a record high partly on soaring demand for biofuels Based on FAO's latest analysis, global expenditures on imported foodstuffs look set to surpass US$400 billion in 2007, almost 5 percent above the record the previous year. The bulk of the increase can be levelled against rising prices of imported coarse grains and vegetable oils, the commodity groups which feature most heavily in biofuel production. Import bills for these commodities are forecast to rise by as much as 13 percent from 2006.

31 May 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Food Security Assessments: Two new reports on Zimbabwe and Swaziland from WFP/FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions (CFSAM) have been released, and a third on Lesotho is expected shortly. Vulnerability Assessment Committees are also collecting data in seven countries and results are expected in late June and early July. The results of these assessments will provide a more complete analysis of food security in the region.

Zimbabwe: Almost one-third of the Zimbabwean population - 4.1 million persons - may face food shortages by early next year.

18 May 2007 description

This report covers the period from 3/26/2007 to 4/25/2007

Current food security summary

The months of March and April signal the end of the marketing year in most of Southern Africa and also mark the end of the hunger season. This period is characterized by the appearance of green maize and other seasonal food crops at the household level and on rural markets. Food security improves at this time, and is currently satisfactory, especially where production has been above average following a good crop growing season.

15 May 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

World cereal production in 2007 remains on course to reach a record level of 2 095 million tonnes, but with some major crops yet to be planted, the forecast is still tentative.

Based on the current 2007 production outlook, global cereal supplies are forecast to increase in the new 2007/08 marketing season.

30 Apr 2007 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Regional: Early recovery efforts are underway across several countries in the region after months of emergency efforts. More than a million people's livelihoods are still fragile due to a loss of crops and other assets in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Humanitarian agencies are concerned about the ability of communities to rebound from these disasters.

Madagascar: Cyclone Jaya hit the northeastern coast of Madagascar on 3 April, resulting in more crop damage and further complicating relief efforts.

25 Mar 2007 description

This report covers the period from 2/26/2007 to 3/25/2007

Background

FEWS NET has developed a global food security outlook process that provides 6 month projections of potential food security conditions in the 25 countries in Africa and Central America as well as in Haiti and Afghanistan. This outlook provides a basis for regional and global resource allocation and contingency planning, as well as in-country planning.

25 Feb 2007 description

Coverage Period: 1/20/2007 - 2/25/2007

The food security situation remains generally stable in most parts of the region reflecting the good 2005/06 harvest. However pockets of food insecurity exist in many countries, and food supplies are increasingly tight as the hunger season progresses. Incessant, heavy rains caused floods in parts of Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, destroying homes, crops, and infrastructure such as roads and bridges, necessitating emergency responses from governments and humanitarian agencies.