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11 Oct 2019 description

In Numbers

A record 45 million Southern Africans will be severely food insecure at peak lean season

WFP to support 7.2 million people in 8 countries

US$ 260 million being sought to meet urgent food needs (US$ 139 million of the required US$ 399 million secured to date)

Highlights

WFP is stepping up both emergency assistance to those most in need and interventions to help vulnerable communities withstand increasingly frequent and intense climate shocks.

30 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The climate crisis is having devastating consequences in Southern Africa, with parts of the region experiencing their lowest rainfall since 1981 while others have endured the destruction of cyclones, pests and disease.

  • More than 9.2 million people across the region are now severely food insecure, and this figure is expected to grow to 12 million at the peak of the lean season (October 2019-March 2020).

11 Sep 2019 description

The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators. To learn more about typical market conditions in Southern Africa, readers are invited to explore the Southern Africa Regional Maize Market Fundamentals Summary.

15 Jul 2019 description

• Based on the results of the 2019 Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA), it is estimated that 41 million people will be food insecure in the peak lean season, of which 9 million people require immediate assistance (Table 1).

• Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia account for 75% of the total number needing immediate assistance.

• In Eswatini and Lesotho, 20% and 24% of the rural population are in need of immediate assistance.

14 Jun 2019 description

Global Environment Facility approves $179 million to support FAO-led projects

14 June 2019, Rome - FAO today welcomed a decision by the Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to provide $179 million to support the UN agency's work with countries worldwide at the critical nexus between agriculture and the environment. This includes projects focussed on biodiversity conservation, transboundary water resources management, sustainable land management, highly hazardous pesticide remediation, and climate change adaptation.

16 May 2019 description

• The 2018/19 season, the driest season since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region, was marked by delayed and erratic onset of rains, midseason dry spells, and early cessation of rains. From October 2018 to early April 2019, parts of southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Botswana, northern South Africa, southern Zambia and northern Zimbabwe registered significantly below average rainfall (50%~ below average, Figure 1).

10 May 2019 description

This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

As of 31 March 2019, 833,400 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 31 March 2019 alone, some 17,843 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda.
UNHCR together with 56 humanitarian and development partners launched the 2019-2020 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 11 December 2018 for US$743 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

25 Apr 2019 description

Highlights

  • The 2018/2019 season was the driest since at least 1981 in central and western parts of the region.
    The drought resulted in crop failure, reduced forage, and poor water availability.

  • A delayed and erratic onset of rains, mid-season dry spells, and early cessation of rains in several parts of the region have contributed to poor crop production expectations in many areas.

06 Apr 2019 description

Widespread drought and flooding from Cyclone Idai drive high assistance needs through early 2020

04 Apr 2019 description

Droughts persist in southern Africa as rainfall deficits increase over dry areas of the Greater Horn

  1. Seasonal rainfall deficits since October have resulted in significant dryness across Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

  2. Below-average rainfall since mid-February combined with high temperatures, have strengthened moisture deficits in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

01 Apr 2019 description

This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region.

29 Mar 2019 description

Most parts of the region expecting poor harvest due to poor rainfall performance or flooding March 2019

Key Messages

19 Mar 2019 description

More than 10 million USD will advance food and nutrition security and sustainable agricultural livelihoods through projects in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

14 Mar 2019 description

Tropical cyclone Idai poses flood risks in Mozambique and Malawi, while parts of southern Africa remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused widespread dryness in southern Africa. Long-term dryness persists in Angola, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  2. Since January, below-average rainfall has sustained dryness in western Madagascar.

  3. Tropical cyclone Idai is forecast to bring another week of heavy rainfall to Mozambique and Malawi.

28 Feb 2019 description

Poor rainfall since late January strengthens dryness across southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused significant dryness in southern Africa. Dry spells continue in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Below-average rainfall since Nobember has caused drought in South Africa, though there has been recent moisture improvement.

  3. Since late January, below average seasonal rainfall has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Madagascar and Mozambique.

25 Feb 2019 description

Executive summary

Many SADC Member States recorded normal to above-normal rainfall during the 2017/18 rainfall season, as predicted by the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) in August 2017 at the 21st Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-21). In contrast, the approaching October 2018 - March 2019 rainfall season is forecasted to be normal to below-normal throughout the season over most of the region.