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15 Dec 1999 description

This is the last of three annual issues of this report prepared by the FAO Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) on the food supply situation and cereal import and food aid requirements for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The report is designed to provide the latest analysis and information on the food situation in these countries to governments, international organizations and other institutions engaged in relief operations.

05 Nov 1999 description

Government advances against rebels in central and northern areas have resulted in fresh waves of displaced people escaping from the fighting. Planting of the 1999/2000 cereal crops is underway. Prospects are uncertain. Persistent insecurity and constant movements of population, coupled with dry weather in October in central and southern parts, have adversely affected field operations. The food supply situation remains extremely serious. Severe nutrition problems among the displaced population continue to be reported from several parts, including Matalala, Kuito, Huambo and Malange.

31 Oct 1999 description

Harare - Zimbabwe

A wet season in prospect for southern Africa but below normal rainfall predicted for northern Tanzania...

Climate experts continue to suggest better-than-average rainfall for South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and most of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi on account of the current La Nina episode. Predictions also point to below normal rains for northern Tanzania and Namibia and southern Angola.

Late onset of the rains delays planting/land preparation in most SADC countries...

30 Sep 1999 description

The following summarizes the statement issued by the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum after its September 1999 meeting.
National, regional and international climate and food security experts met in Maputo, Mozambique from September 13 to 17 to develop a southern Africa climate outlook for October 1999 through March 2000.

17 Sep 1999 description

The outlook for 1999 cereal production has improved slightly since June, due mainly to better crop prospects in Asia and North America. World production, however, will not be sufficient to meet anticipated consumption requirements and global stocks will need to be drawn down.

09 Sep 1999 description

The already precarious food situation in the country has deteriorated further following an escalation of civil conflict in recent months. The number of displaced people from rural areas into provincial capitals increases daily. Unconfirmed reports indicate that apparently 200 people among the displaced population die daily by starvation, while the incidence of malnutrition, particularly among children, is also on the increase. It is currently estimated that over two million people, or one sixth of the population, has been displaced since renewed hostilities in November last year.

09 Sep 1999 description
report Oxfam

Right now in Africa, millions of lives are at risk, threatened by brutal wars which have driven people from their homes and land. Crops have been left untended, destined to fail.

And yet remarkably, in many of these countries, there is a real opportunity to build a lasting peace if the international community acts swiftly and decisively. What’s needed is simple: an immediate increase in humanitarian aid and genuine political commitment to peace.

30 Jul 1999 description

Southern Africa Cereal Availability Update
Satisfactory except in Angola, Tanzania and Zimbabwe