Appeals & Response Plans
- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Angola/DR Congo: Yellow Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Angola: Drought - 2012-2014
- Angola: Cholera Outbreak - Dec 2011
- Angola: Floods - Dec 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Angola: Floods - Oct 2010
- Angola: Floods - Mar 2010
Maps & Infographics
The Climate Prediction Centre is predicting El Niño climatic conditions during the main 2018-19 growing season with 70-75% probability while IRI has increased the probability to more than 85%. Furthermore, the forecasts suggest a likelihood of a weak to moderate El Niño event. Historically El Niño climatic conditions have resulted in reduced rainfall across the southern part of Southern Africa.
• The 2017-18 rainfall season was characterized by a late start, an extended mid-season dry spell (December-January) and heavy rains from February into April. The dry spell caused moisture stress and wilting of the early planted crops in many areas in Botswana, south-western Madagascar, southern Malawi, southern and some central parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).
Overall, there were not major changes in the feeding practices before leaving DRC and after arriving in Angola; the major difference was seen in the number of meals and variety of complementary foods provided to the infants and children.
Mothers seem aware of the importance of breastfeeding, and early initiation of breastfeeding is the common practice among refugees.
Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.
The El Niño induced drought resulted in 15 percent drop in regional cereal production from 29 million tonnes in 2015 to 26 million tonnes in 2016 which is about 11 percent decrease compared to the five-year average1 . Southern parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar as well as most of Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia have been significantly affected by this drought.
Approximately 40.8 million people (22.5% of rural population) will be food insecure in Southern Africa up to March 2017.
In the wake of El Niño
We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.
· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today
· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region
An extensive regional scale crop failure is expected in Southern Africa following an extremely dry cropping season. Consequently, the current regional cereal deficit of 7.9 million tonnes will increase steeply and unprecedented food price movements will continue through to the next harvest season. This will aggravate the food and nutrition security, health and HIV situation in the region.
A. REGIONAL UPDATE
World Vision Angola today (Friday) launched a $200,000 crisis response to the resurgence of cholera in Huambo city.
Angola's Ministry of Public Health asked the NGO to help with a public education and communication campaign, while supporting surveillance teams in controlling and treating cholera outbreaks in the city, the peri-urban areas around, and 10 municipalities in the province.
World Vision scales up response as cholera fatalities continue to rise By Sarah Trickey, World Vision Angola Senior Programme Officer May 29th, 2006
World Vision International has increased its response to the Angola cholera outbreak to help with surveillance, treatment and prevention in new areas as the disease spreads.
The organisation plans to prioritise new work under its half-million dollar response to increase preventive measures in rural communities where cholera outbreaks remain a risk.
By Maria Joao Swart and Sarah Trickey - WV Angola Communications
World Vision International has donated $125,000 to provide urgent support to the Angolan Ministry of Health to help fight the deadly Marburg Virus outbreak in Uíge Province in the northwest of Angola.
"The crisis is very serious and there is also an enormous national shortage of urgently needed medical supplies including protective clothing and disinfectant," said Dr. Ana Mangueira, World Vision Angola Health Manager.
Farmers across the Province of Huambo are gathering together to listen to a new radio program - ''Conversa na Lavra'' ("Farm Talk") - broadcast by the local radio station in Huambo and sponsored by World Vision.
"Farm Talk" is broadcast every Monday at 5.30 am in the local Umbundo language and every Wednesday in Portuguese at the same time.
A World Vision agricultural recovery program in Angola is changing the way farming is done in the country's primary agricultural development corridor.
Funded by ChevronTexaco and USAID, the program is strengthening the indigenous seed industry by providing local producers with improved varieties of seeds and fertilizer, through a credit program, as well as training in a variety of areas such as soil management.
For planalto smallholder farmers, the program means seeds are now available locally, and complemented with extension services promoting improved …
Millions of people in southern Africa remain at risk of severe food shortages, while productive communities are being decimated by the AIDS pandemic in a humanitarian emergency that is both chronic and complex in nature.
As US President George Bush lobbies for the forgiveness of Iraq's debt, a new report argues the accumulated debt of 16 of the world's worst war-torn countries could be wiped away for even less.
by Henrique Malungo - Communications
World Vision Angola's HIV/AIDS program has received a boost, with $240,000 of private funds recently approved. The new funds from World Vision US will integrate WV Angola's strategy for the prevention of the transmission of HIV/AIDS and the mitigation of its social, economic and emotional impact, through effective and sustainable programs in existing project areas.