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26 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 9.6 million people were severely food-insecure in Southern Africa at the start of the lean season (October 2018- April 2019)

  • Three districts in Zimbabwe and two in Madagascar are facing Emergency food insecurity (IPC phase 4) due to extreme loss of livelihoods

  • There is at least an 80 per cent chance of an El Niño phenomenon between October and December 2018, which could exacerbate the deteriorating situation.

KEY MESSAGES

13 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

In the southern African region, maize prices are already beginning to show mixed trends. In South Africa and Tanzania, maize prices remain below their respective 5 year average (5YA) levels, while in other countries, such as Malawi and Mozambique, maize prices are on an upward trend and closing in on their 5YA levels.

A look at the Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) shows that in both June and July, a few markets in Zambia were already showing signs of stress.

12 Feb 2018 description

Early action crucial to avert crisis

09 February 2018, Johannesburg/Harare - Prolonged dry spells, erratic rainfall, high temperatures and the presence of the voracious fall armyworm have significantly dampened Southern Africa’s current agricultural season’s cereal production prospects. Early action in the form of consolidating information through assessments and anticipatory measures that reduce the impact of threats are crucial for an effective response.

18 Sep 2017 description

Highlights:

Improved maize supplies drove national maize and maize meal prices further down in July in all the monitored countries except South Africa (SA) where prices increased by roughly 6 percent. Moreover, national prices were considerably below their respective 5 year aver-age (5YA) except Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.

07 Aug 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Little Progress as Regional Body Marks 25th Anniversary

(Johannesburg) –The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should use the opportunity of its 25th anniversary to reaffirm its commitment to improve respect for human rights among its member states, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of state of the SADC’s 15 members will meet on August 19-20, 2017, in Pretoria, South Africa, for their 37th summit.

10 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Total people in need:16.1 million

Total children (< 18) in need: 5.2 million

Total people to be reached in 2017: 7.2 million

Total children to be reached in 2017: 3.8 million

22 Dec 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rainy season continues in Southern Africa

  • UN revises RIASCO plan due to increasing lean season needs in Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

  • WFP anticipates break in the emergency food assistance pipeline in Madagascar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Nov 2016 description

Brussels/Lilongwe, 25 November 2016

As Southern Africa enters the critical lean season, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Malawi to visit EU humanitarian aid projects that help communities deal with the effects of prolonged drought. Commissioner Stylianides is meeting President Peter Mutharika before visiting Chikwawa and Zomba districts where nutrition and food assistance is provided to particularly vulnerable households.

19 Aug 2016 description

The SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 22nd July 2016 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The objective of the meeting was to review the Food Security situation and progress in the implementation of Regional programmes including the development of the Regional Agriculture Policy Investment Plan. The meeting was also intended to update Ministers on the Food Security situation in the Region following the drought induced by the El Niño phenomenon.

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • 17 million people will likely experience Crisis levels of food insecurity from January–March 2017, FEWS NET reports
  • ZimVAC estimates more than 40 percent of Zimbabwe’s rural population faces food insecurity
  • USAID contributes an additional $127 million for drought response activities in the region

Key Developments

  • Approximately 18.3 million people in acutely drought-affected areas of Southern Africa will require emergency assistance between June 2016 and March 2017, according to the Southern Africa Development …
23 Jun 2016 description

Johannesburg, 23 June 2016 - Conflict, war and persecution drive people away from their homes, all too often, with only the clothes on their backs and whatever other possessions they could grab before fleeing. In recognition of these challenges, the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Southern Africa ensures that education remains an essential part of rebuilding the lives of displaced people and has witnessed the fact that education irrefutably unlocks potential.

30 Apr 2016 description
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Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

19 Apr 2016 description
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Southern Africa and Indian Ocean - version
Technical Annex - version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2016/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 5 000 000

04 Mar 2016 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

29 Feb 2016 description

SADC regional bloc agrees on short and medium/long term actions

29 February 2016, Johannesburg – Countries in the Southern African Development Community need to urgently implement a set of agreed-upon measures to mitigate the effects of El Nino. A strong El Niño has seen the 2015-2016 rainfall season being one of the driest in over 35 years in Southern Africa and has far reaching effects on main sectors including agriculture, fisheries, forestry, water, health, education and sanitation.