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31 Dec 2008 description

Executive Summary

In response to the dramatic rise of global food prices since 2007, WFP has been providing funding and technical support to WFP staff and partners to assess the impact of higher prices and structural vulnerabilities and a growing and 'new face of hunger'.

31 Dec 2008 description

EAST AFRICA: October- December rains began on time but ended early in south- central Somalia, northeastern and southeastern Kenya, and in parts of southeastern Ethiopia, negatively affecting crop prospects and pasture in these areas. In south- central Soma lia, increased civil insecurity and rampant sea piracy also continue to exacerbate existing food insecurity through displacement, dis ruption of both commercial and humanitarian food imports, and restrictions on food access among already impoverished popula tions.

31 Dec 2008 description

Maputo_(dpa) _ Heavy rains have forced Mozambican authorities to issue flood warnings and urge people in flood-prone areas to abandon their residences immediately.

The warning is aimed at preventing a repeat of disastrous flooding last year that forced more than 100,000 people to seek safety.

The country is facing its worst rainy season in decades. Rains and flooding have so far inflicted serious damage on infrastructure, property and field crops.

31 Dec 2008 description

Silver Spring, Maryland - In the coastal region of Mozambique, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is improving food access for more than 100,000 rural Mozambicans through a three-year income generation project that will increase crop sales and productivity, improve health and nutrition, create better access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and strengthen communities' resilience to disaster situations within the targeted regions.

Titled Osanzaya Zambezia, or "Make Zambezia Happy" in the Lomue language, this project will increase food availability …

31 Dec 2008 description

This price watch bulletin covers the quarterly period from September to November 2008. The objective of the bulletin is to provide early warning information on price changes of staple food commodities and their likely impact on the cost of the food basket. Price changes are determined for each country on a quarterly basis.

Highlights:

- Prices still remain significantly higher compared to last year and long term averages, especially in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and Middle East.

30 Dec 2008 description

Contexte général

La situation sécuritaire dans l'est de la RDC est toujours précaire. En plus de cela une épidémie d'Ebola vient d'être confirmée dans la province du Kasaï Occidental, zone de santé de Mweka. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe n'est toujours pas sous contrôle. L'épidémie s'est propagée dans les pays d'Afrique australe.

29 Dec 2008 description

General Context

The security situation in eastern DRC is still precarious. In addition an outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in the province of Kasaï Occidental, health zone of Mweka. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern.

28 Dec 2008 description

REGIONAL CONTEXT

Cases of cholera continue to be reported throughout the region. The most critical situation continues to be in Zimbabwe, with more than 20,000 cases recorded. Ongoing migration and trade appear to have led to cholera outbreaks in countries bordering Zimbabwe. In South Africa, indigenous transmission has also become a reality. Zambia, Mozambique and Angola are also suffering from unrelated outbreaks.

24 Dec 2008 description
report Government of Italy

Rome December 24, 2008 - "The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Directorate General for Cooperation and Development has contributed with a financial amount of 200.000 to FAO to finance the Regional FAO Office in Nairobi (REOA - Regional Emergency Office for Africa) activities, including coordination in emergency response in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes regions, in close cooperation with twenty-four African countries.

Furthermore, the initiative "Initiative on Soaring Food Prices" is to facilitate the exchange of information on food safety among all …

24 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 24 December 2008 (IRIN) - More than 350,000 people in Mozambique are in need of food aid with hamstrung aid relief agencies saying the onset of the annual flood season in Mozambique will also jeopardise other food interventions for vulnerable children, home-based care recipients and people living with HIV/AIDS.

The World Food Programme (WFP) said 356,500 Mozambicans are in a "state of acute food insecurity and in need of immediate food assistance" as a result of rising food …

22 Dec 2008 description

General Context

The security situation in eastern DRC remains precarious with humanitarian aid still not reaching many people. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern. On week 50, a total of 131 new cases and 1 death were reported.

22 Dec 2008 description

Contexte général

La situation en RDC est toujours instable avec une aide humanitaire qui ne parvient pas à atteindre plusieurs personnes. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe n'est toujours pas sous contrôle. Elle se propage dans les pays d'Afrique australe.

19 Dec 2008 description
report ZimOnline

by Nokuthula Sibanda

HARARE - Mining giant Anglo American has pledged R1 million (about US$100 000) to combat a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe and in parts of South Africa where the disease has spilled.

The funds, to be donated from the Anglo American Chairman's Fund and to be managed by the South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) come as the United Nations said on Thursday that the death toll from cholera in Zimbabwe has soared to 1 111 out of 20 581 cases recorded since the epidemic began in August.

Anglo's donation will be used as part of the SARCS' relief operation …

18 Dec 2008 description
report World Vision

Water levels in the Mutarara section of the Zambezi river in central Mozambique are close to flood alert level raising fears of yet another humanitarian emergency.

Mutarara, located in Tete province, bore the brunt of two consecutive years of severe flooding.

18 Dec 2008 description

GLIDE No. EP-2008-000219-MOZ

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.

17 Dec 2008 description

Project Title: Food Assistance Response to Natural Disasters in Mozambique

Target Population: 356,500 victims of drought and floods

Target Geographic Areas: Seven central and southern provinces - Zambezia, Tete, Manica, Sofala, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo

Duration of response: February - April 2009

Food pipeline shortfalls: 10,840 metric tons

Funding shortfalls: US$ 8.4 million (PRRO 10600.0)

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17 Dec 2008 description

MAPUTO, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Nearly half a million people need food aid in Mozambique because food prices are high and crops have been badly hit by poor rains, the government said on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Agriculture said 450,000 people need food assistance and 150,000 face a critical situation in the southern and central areas of the country.

"The families in the affected region are getting by on one meal a day, and in addition to the lack of rain and high food prices, there is a lack of food reserves," the ministry said in a statement.

Mozambique said the late start …

16 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

1. CRITICAL ISSUES FOR CHILDREN AND WOMEN

The humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe is increasingly taking on a regional dimension. The outbreak of cholera which started in Zimbabwe is now spreading to neighboring countries, namely Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. According to the UN in Zimbabwe, as of 9 December, there were 13,960 suspected cases of cholera and 589 related deaths. In South Africa, the first case was registered on 15th November in Musina town in Limpopo Province situated 15 km from the Zimbabwe border and with a population size of approximately 50,000.