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30 Sep 2007 description


Regional: Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania continue to supply maize to grain deficit countries.

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.

30 Jun 2007 description


Zimbabwe: The country's agricultural production is estimated at 500,000 tonnes, representing a 44 percent drop from last year, according to preliminary CFSAM results. More than two million people are expected to face food shortages from July, peaking to more than four million during the hunger season in the first quarter of 2008. The Government is importing maize from Malawi and Zambia.

31 May 2007 description


Food Security Assessments: Two new reports on Zimbabwe and Swaziland from WFP/FAO Crop and Food Supply Assessment Missions (CFSAM) have been released, and a third on Lesotho is expected shortly. Vulnerability Assessment Committees are also collecting data in seven countries and results are expected in late June and early July. The results of these assessments will provide a more complete analysis of food security in the region.

Zimbabwe: Almost one-third of the Zimbabwean population - 4.1 million persons - may face food shortages by early next year.

30 Apr 2007 description


Regional: Early recovery efforts are underway across several countries in the region after months of emergency efforts. More than a million people's livelihoods are still fragile due to a loss of crops and other assets in Madagascar, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Humanitarian agencies are concerned about the ability of communities to rebound from these disasters.

Madagascar: Cyclone Jaya hit the northeastern coast of Madagascar on 3 April, resulting in more crop damage and further complicating relief efforts.

28 Feb 2007 description


Flooding conditions continued to be the central concern in the region as weeks of torrential rains caused the River Zambezi to burst its banks affecting Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. Exacerbating this situation, in Mozambique, Tropical Cyclone Favio moved across the region, accompanied by strong winds and heavy rains and made landfall in the province of Inhambane on 22 February, displacing 133, 670 people. Tropical Cyclone Gamede in the Indian Ocean decreased to a tropical storm and has passed to the south of Madagascar.

31 Dec 2006 description


Overall, the 2006/07 agricultural season has started relatively well thanks to favourable rainfall in most of the southern African region. However, late or insufficient rainfall and poor distribution may affect yields and area planted, potentially affecting final harvest prospects in southern and central Mozambique, southern Zambia, parts of southern Zimbabwe, among others. The persistence of moderate El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean is a source of concern for the second half of the rainy season, from January through March.

31 Aug 2006 description


Angola: Over the past eight months, 1,200 cases of malnutrition were registered, compared to 845 detected during the same period of 2005 in Huila. Most of the cases have been detected in children.

17 Mar 2006 description


Regional: In the period under review, the region experienced earthquakes in Mozambique; an outbreak of severe diarrhea in Botswana; floods in Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia and Lesotho; cholera in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia; while having to prepare for a possible outbreak of avian and human influenza.

20 Feb 2006 description

Regional: Some areas in the region are receiving too much or too little rain, but generally conditions for agriculture remain positive, allowing for some cautious optimism. Early season crops are starting to take off the sharp edges of the peak of the hunger season. A recent mission of the Special Envoy concluded however that the triple threat remains relevant.

30 Jan 2006 description

Regional: Good rains are allowing for some cautious optimism with regards to the humanitarian situation in the region. However, floods, armyworm and under funding of humanitarian and recovery interventions are hampering the recovery. The Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in southern Africa, James Morris, will be visiting the region for the sixth time to review the response to date and the way forward.

25 May 2005 description


A mission of the Special Envoy on Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa is scheduled to take place between 14 and 23 June. During his mission, the Special Envoy is expected to visit Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

On 4 May 2004 the government of Zimbabwe recalled its officials that were participating in the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission (CFSAM), thereby effectively cancelling the mission.

The Canadian Government announced that it will contribute CAD $ 100 million over two years for the WHO target of treating three million people …

04 May 2004 description

RIACSO provides support to the national efforts in addressing the southern African crisis and ensures cohesion and complementarity of the effort at a regional level. In addition, RIACSO supports the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, Mr. James Morris, in his mandate to raise awareness of the situation, its underlying causes and to provide recommendations on how to strengthen the humanitarian response and mobilise donor support for the affected countries.

07 Nov 2003 description


WVI Roundtable Meeting: World Vision International organised an internal roundtable meeting on the southern African crisis.

PRRO Appraisal Missions: Multi-agency appraisal missions were undertaken in five countries in preparation of the WFP planned Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO).

UNDP's Southern Africa Capacity Initiative: UNDP has finalised the preparation of the Southern Africa Capacity Initiative (SACI).

UNICEF's Nutrition Initiative: UNICEF began a Nutrition Analysis Project to expand and confirm the preliminary findings from the …