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14 Nov 2016 description

State of Food Insecurity and Vulnerability in the Southern African Development Community

1. Introduction

1.1 Background

17 May 2016 description


  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

07 Jul 2015 description

Regional Overview


The SADC Double Troika decided to establish a commission of enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lt. General Maaparankoe Mahao while agreeing to second two pathologists from South Africa to assist with the post-mortem process. Meanwhile, a team of investigators from Zimbabwe and Namibia would be made available to assist with investigation related to the death of Lt. General Mahao.

IN FOCUS: Angola INFORM Index Risk Profile

31 Oct 2012 description

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) Programme which comprises the multi-agency Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC) and the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs), reported that the SADC generally experienced poor rainfall performance for crop production during the 2011/12 growing season. Many parts, especially in the southern half of the region experienced late onset of rains, followed by widespread localized prolonged gry spells especially in the second half of the season when most of the crops were at critical development stages.

01 Oct 2012 description

Maize grain prices rise as regional supplies tighten

Key messages

30 Sep 2012 description


  • Lesotho has launched a Flash Appeal to respond to the dire food security situation.

  • The appeal is only 22% funded to date, with a current shortfall of around $30 million

  • Swaziland was hit by severe storms in September that affected hundreds of people

  • The SADC Preparedness Workshop enables Governments and partners to identify priority areas in the run-up to the rainfall season and address gaps.

07 Sep 2012 description

Food Insecurity to Intensify in the Region

A total of 5.48 million people will be food insecure in the 2012/13 consumption year. This is a staggering increase of 39% from the 2011/12 consumption year.

Increasing staple food prices, high fuel prices and declining purchasing power

23 Aug 2012 description

Food insecurity to rise as staple food harvests fail to meet region’s requirements

Key messages

Although most parts of the region will remain food secure following the recent main season crop harvests, reduced harvests in areas affected by prolonged mid-season dry spells and /or floods have resulted in pockets of acute food insecurity in localized areas. In these parts of the region food access is already problematic for the affected households, and the lean season is expected to begin much earlier than the normal October/November start.

20 Jul 2011 description

This report was issued by the Regional Office for Southern & Eastern Africa (ROSEA). It covers the period January to May 2011.


· In total, an estimated 708,000 people were affected by floods and/or storms in southern Africa this rainfall season, with 314,361 either displaced or evacuated and 477 people killed.

· In comparison with the previous four seasons, the 2010/2011 flood season was average in terms of number of people affected, although the number of deaths was markedly high.

14 Apr 2010 description


Commission de la population et du développement
Quarante-troisième session

14 Apr 2010 description

Prevalence of HIV among Young Women in Southern Africa Three Times Greater Than Men, While Unequal Power Relations Impede Women's Access to Health Care


Commission on Population and Development
Forty-third Session

03 Jul 2009 description

Countries updated

- Lesotho

- Madagascar

- Malawi

- Mozambique

- Namibia

- Swaziland

- Zambia

- Zimbabwe

- Others

- South Africa



- Production slightly lower than the previous season as less area was planted due to higher prices of fertiliser and seeds.

- LVAC estimates between 400 and 450 thousand people will require assistance before the next harvest.

07 May 2009 description
report Africa Action

Preliminary Analysis Shows U.S. Under-Funding AIDS Programs

Thursday, May 07, 2009 (Washington, DC) - This morning the President Obama released the detailed fiscal year 2010 budget information on U.S. bilateral AIDS programs and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. According to preliminary analysis by Africa Action, the U.S.

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


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.

14 Jun 2005 description
report World Bank

Washington, June 14, 2005 -- The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a project to manage groundwater and drought in the Southern African region to be executed by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

31 Jul 2004 description
report Oxfam

Uni=E3o Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), Mozambique
Environmental Rights Action, Nigeria
Consumers International Regional Office for Africa, Zimbabwe
The Oakland Institute, US
Accion Ecologica, Ecuador
Oxfam Solidarité, Belgium
Third World Network, Malaysia
Friends of the Earth International, The Netherlands

With the support of:

World Council of Churches Working Group on Genetic Engineering