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29 Dec 2012 description
report Inter Press Service

CAPANDA, Angola, Dec 28 2012 (IPS) - “We never used to eat carrots, but now we like them,” said Rebeca Soba, admiring her vegetable garden, an island of diversity in the midst of a vast sugarcane plantation.

Vegetable gardening has been introduced at the Capanda Agroindustrial Pole (PAC) as a source of income for local small farmers.

The vegetable gardens are part of a social programme, Kulonga pala Kukula (“education for development” in Kimbundu, the local African language), which also includes actions to promote health, water availability and education.

28 Dec 2012 description

Menongue - Thirteen people died and 15 were injured in the southern Kuando-Kubango province, following the heavy rains throughout 2012.

This information is part of the balance of the Civil Protection and Fire commission.

According to the source, during the mentioned period, 315 residences were also destroyed.

The source also says that the ravines continue in the province.

24 Dec 2012 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable rains recorded at the start of the 2012/13 cropping season in the large cereal producing regions

  • Agricultural output declines sharply in 2012, following a prolonged dry spell

  • Poor food security conditions persist in the affected areas

20 Dec 2012 description
Commission Implementing Decision

21/12/2012 - The European Commission is allocating €15 million from the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) to help the most vulnerable people affected by persistent drought in the Southern African countries of Angola, Lesotho, Malawi and Zimbabwe. The new funding brings the Commission's humanitarian aid in the region to €33 million for this year.

18 Dec 2012 description

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have agreed on establishing a Regional Fund for Water and Basic Sanitation. The Fund will be financed with an initial grant contribution of EUR 10 million by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. The Fund will be managed by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

17 Dec 2012 description

Malanje - Family poultry farming projects being implemented on Pedras Negras, Pungo a Ndongo and other farms situated in the localities of Kizenga (municipality of Cacuso), northern Malanje province, will help reduce the import of foodstuffs and services in the country.

This was said Friday in Malanje by the minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Pedro Canga, as part of a visit he paid to the construction, planning and implementation of the said agro-farming projects.

07 Dec 2012 description

Over 4-million children under the age of 5 will be vaccinated in an immunization campaign launched today by the Angolan government, backed by the United Nations, in 9 of the nation’s 18 provinces.

The nation was proclaimed “free from polio” after no cases were reported for a year. The UNICEF (UN Child’s Fund) in a statement stressed that the new immunization campaign aims to consolidate the “success” of a previous drive to curb a polio outbreak.

29 Nov 2012 description

Kuito - Seven people died in Kuito city, Central Bie province, following heavy rains hitting the region, says the local administrator, Avis Vieira Agostinho.

He said that deaths occurred in the wards of Cangote, Popular, Engenharia, Ilha, Cambulucuto and Sao João, due to the fall of residences and electric discharges.

Some schools and churches were also destroyed by the rains, adds the administrator.

28 Nov 2012 description

Luanda – The National Civil Protection and Fire Services (SNPCB) will soon increase its flood warning system for Zambeze river in the province of Moxico, in tune with some Southern Africa Community (SADC) countries.

Speaking to ANGOP, in the urban district of Ingombota, in Luanda, the National commander of the SNPCB, António Gimbe, informed that the project will count on the participation of various countries of the region.

27 Nov 2012 description

Appeal target (current): The Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,562,562 in cash, kind or services to support the Angola Red Cross (CVA) in delivering immediate assistance to 12,000 households (60,000 beneficiaries) for 9 months, and will be completed by the end of August 2013.

Appeal coverage: 0%;

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 13 November 2012.

• CHF 100,000 is being released from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society to respond.

25 Nov 2012 description

Chicomba – At least 4,430 families of Chicomba municipality, southern Huíla province, affected by draught received a food aid on Friday from the provincial Department of Social Welfare, as part of the Government programme of fight against hunger and poverty.

The information was released by Chicomba administrator, Lúcia Francisca, who explained that the people received rice, beans, canned food and cooking oil.

The official said that the food is distributed to prioritise the neediest.

21 Nov 2012 description

Luanda – The Government has reinforced the distribution of seeds, fertilisers and plough to the peasant families under the Unaca-Confederation of Peasants Associations and Agro-Livestock Cooperatives of Angola.

According to a note that reached Angop, other organisations joined the Government in assisting drought and flood stricken families with rice, spaghetti, corn flour, and other goods.

18 Nov 2012 description

M'banza Kongo - At least two hundred and sixty tons of food stuff were handed over to the drought victim families in coastal region of the northern Zaire province.

The fact was revealed Friday at the headquarters of Tomboco district by the acting provincial director of Social Welfare Ministry, Manuel Antonio.

According to him, the most affected by the drought was the Kinzau zone, Tomboco district.

On occasion, the provincial governor of Zaire, José Joanes André, who paid his first official visit to Tomboco made symbolic delivery of food to the victims.

13 Nov 2012 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,562,562 in cash, kind, or services to support the Angola Red Cross Society (CVA) to assist 12,000 households (60,000 beneficiaries) for 9 months, and will be completed by the end of August 2013. A Final Report will be made available by end of November 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 100, 000 will be allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

09 Nov 2012 description

Dombe-Grande – The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Afonso Pedro Canga, said on Thursday in Dombe-Grande commune that the it was availed 1.900 tones of several goods to support of drought victims in the central Benguela province.

According to Pedro Canga, the distribution of the referred goods, such as foodstuff, clothes and medicines, will be taken by the local authorities to benefit the most affected population by the calamities.

08 Nov 2012 description
report DanChurchAid

US Department of State donates USD 200,000 to DanChurchAid’s (DCA) mine action activities in Angola.

Through the support of the US Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, DCA will be able to continually releasing previously mined land to the benefit of tens of thousands of returnees, resettled Angolans and war-affected communities in Moxico province.

07 Nov 2012 description

Malanje - At least 600 families were left homeless in the Municipalities of Malanje, Quirima and Luquemba, following the destruction of 120 residences, due to the heavy rains over the last three days, Angop has learnt.

This was announced by the spokesman of the fire and civil protection services, Miguel Bernardo, who added that among the destroyed infrastructures are three commercial undertakings, as well as a sanitary tend.Works are in progress to accommodate the mentioned families, says the source.

31 Oct 2012 description

Food aid

The protracted civil strife increased the size of the population at risk of livelihood protection or survival deficits and requiring assistance to obtain basic goods. From 1994 onwards, the government started supporting the victims of the conflict and natural disasters, as well as specific social groups, with the help of the international community, particularly the World Food Program (WFP).

30 Oct 2012 description

Chinjenje - At least 49 residences were destroyed on Sunday, in Chinjenje city, Huambo province, following the heavy rains hitting the municipality, Angop has learnt.

The disaster took place in the awards Valódia, Calondeia, Cachiquela, Caenda and Caparracassa leaving 49 families homeless.

The rains also destroyed a community school and a church.