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30 Sep 2007 description

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

31 Jul 2007 description

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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.

31 May 2007 description

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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.

30 Apr 2007 description

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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.

30 Oct 2006 description

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Zimbabwe: WFP estimates that 1.4 million people are in critical need of food assistance, based on the preliminary findings of the VAC. This number is expected to rise to 1.9 million people due to rising inflation and an increased lack of access to the market. WFP continues to scale down its operation, so far affecting roughly half of the 900,000 people it was originally targeting, due to funding shortages.

17 Mar 2006 description

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Regional: In the period under review, the region experienced earthquakes in Mozambique; an outbreak of severe diarrhea in Botswana; floods in Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Lesotho; cholera in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia; while having to prepare for a possible outbreak of avian and human influenza.

20 Feb 2006 description

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Regional: Some areas in the region are receiving too much or too little rain, but generally conditions for agriculture remain positive, allowing for some cautious optimism. Early season crops are starting to take off the sharp edges of the peak of the hunger season. A recent mission of the Special Envoy concluded however that the triple threat remains relevant.

19 Dec 2005 description

Nutritional assessments undertaken in a number of countries over the past month show an increase in acute malnutrition. In the drought affected areas in Mozambique, acute malnutrition records 5%; the food insecure districts in Zambia show acute malnutrition figures of 7.7%; in Malawi the centre and southern parts recorded increased number of admissions to Nutritional Rehabilitation Units compared to last year; in Zimbabwe vulnerable districts recorded acute malnutrition rates of 9% and in Madagascar, acute malnutrition rates doubled since 1997 to 14% country wide.

25 May 2005 description

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A mission of the Special Envoy on Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa is scheduled to take place between 14 and 23 June. During his mission, the Special Envoy is expected to visit Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

On 4 May 2004 the government of Zimbabwe recalled its officials that were participating in the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM), thereby effectively cancelling the mission.

The Canadian Government announced that it will contribute CAD $ 100 million over two years for the WHO target of treating three million people …

04 May 2004 description

RIACSO provides support to the national efforts in addressing the southern African crisis and ensures cohesion and complementarity of the effort at a regional level. In addition, RIACSO supports the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, Mr. James Morris, in his mandate to raise awareness of the situation, its underlying causes and to provide recommendations on how to strengthen the humanitarian response and mobilise donor support for the affected countries.

07 Nov 2003 description

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WVI Roundtable Meeting: World Vision International organised an internal roundtable meeting on the southern African crisis.

PRRO Appraisal Missions: Multi-agency appraisal missions were undertaken in five countries in preparation of the WFP planned Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO).

UNDP's Southern Africa Capacity Initiative: UNDP has finalised the preparation of the Southern Africa Capacity Initiative (SACI).

UNICEF's Nutrition Initiative: UNICEF began a Nutrition Analysis Project to expand and confirm the preliminary findings from the …