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19 Jul 2018 description

CPLP summit recognizes FAO’s work and Graziano da Silva’s management

18 July 2018, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde – FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva today urged heads of State and Government of the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) to keep the fight against hunger high in their national political agendas and continue working to combat the epidemic of obesity and overweight which both developed and developing countries face.

01 Jun 2017 description

Region

The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

Angola

22 May 2017 description

Highlights

• For the last 2/3 weeks four of the five JCISA priority countries have reported zero cases:
Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

• Angola also reporting a considerable reduction in cases.

• The Tanzania outbreak considerably reduced but continues with sporadic cases persisting in Dar es Salaam.

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary

03 May 2017 description

Regional Overview

Region
The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

03 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

• Tanzania outbreak continues but with significant reduction in cases.

• A small outbreak in North Western Zambia bordering with DRC is reported to be under control and managed by MOH.

• Angola has seen a reduction in cases but the last official report available is that of week 8 - 26 February.

01 Mar 2017 description

The Joint Cholera Initiative for Southern Africa (JCISA) is a multi-agency technical partnership bringing together WHO, UNICEF, UNOCHA and OXFAM supporting national governments with the primary goal being to “strengthen regional capacity and collaboration in order to ensure more timely, integrated and effective technical support to countries in the areas of cholera preparedness, response and resilience”.

28 Feb 2017 description

Regional Overview

Fall Armyworm

An outbreak of fall armyworm, a new pest in the region, has been reported in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland. Regionally, around 330,000 ha of staple crops (especially maize) have been affected. The remaining SADC mainland countries remain at high risk.

Floods

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Southern and central areas continued to receive well above average rains in January

  • Poor rainfall was received in western and north-eastern SADC and Madagascar

  • The Fall Armyworm has been confirmed in 7 countries in the region. The severity of the impact on regional crop production is yet to be established

  • Tropical cyclones Carlos and Dineo affected the region in early to mid-February. The impacts of Cyclone Dineo are severe, particularly in southern Mozambique

21 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • Pleasing to report is the noticeable decline in cases in Tanzania – for week six, only 20 cases were reported and indeed, the daily bulletin for 19 February states that “No (0) new suspected cholera case was reported”. This is the first zero case report since the current outbreak started in August 2015!

13 Dec 2016 description

Mozambique - Over the last decade, countries in Southern Africa have been hit by recurrent and frequent floods, droughts and strong cyclones, which have resulted in the displacement of people in both urban and rural areas.

Severe flooding in 2015 led to the displacement of thousands of people in Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar, while drought in Namibia prompted the country to declare a state of emergency in 2016. Such environmental emergencies require timely and effective interventions in order to prevent massive internal and cross-border displacements of people.

11 Mar 2015 description

- Suppressed rains expected in Southern Africa during the next week. - Dry weather observed over the Greater Horn of Africa.

1) Frequent and above-average rainfall over the past several weeks has led to large moisture surpluses in northern Mozambique. During the next week, heavy rains are forecast to continue, which could trigger new flooding and exacerbate conditions on the ground.

16 Jul 2014 description

Potential impacts of an El Niño event in southern Africa are likely to vary significantly

Key Messages

12 Mar 2014 description

1) Heavy downpours over the past few weeks have caused the overflowing of the Licungo River across the Zambezia province of northern Mozambique. The flooding has negatively affected the livelihoods of many residents of the Namacura and Maganja da Costa districts. Light rains are expected during the next week, which could sustain oversaturation and worsen conditions on the ground.

26 Feb 2014 description

Torrential rains continued over saturated areas in Zambia and Mozambique

An extended dry spell continued during the past week over southern Uganda, increasing rainfall deficits.

29 Jan 2014 description

A seasonable distribution of precipitation was received throughout much of southern Africa during the last week.

1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December have also led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.

22 Jan 2014 description

Enhanced rains continue across parts of northern Mozambique and Madagascar, sustaining the risk for localized flooding.

1) Portions of Tanzania have experienced below average seasonal rainfall since late November. Poorly distributed rains since early December have also led to developing dry conditions in the Morogoro and Pwani provinces further east. The anomalous dryness has already negatively impacted vegetation conditions in the region.

15 Jan 2014 description

Average to above-average rainfall continues across southeastern Africa, replenishing ground moisture for many parts of Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique.

A large scale suppression of rainfall over southwestern Africa is expected to provide some relief to saturated ground conditions across the Caprivi Strip region.

13 Jun 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An estimated 518,000 people across southern Africa were affected by floods and storms during the 2012/2013 rainfall season.

  • The most affected country was Mozambique, where 250,000 people received humanitarian assistance.

  • Due in part to the sub-optimal temporal distribution of rainfall, most countries may have below average rainfall-related crop performance this season.