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31 Dec 2003 description

(New York, 31 December 2003): Rainfall in much of Southern Africa has been very low to date, leading to delayed planting in Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa and Mozambique, according to the UN Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Support Office (RIACSO). Farmers who planted despite the less than optimal conditions could face a reduced yield, while the window for re-planting is closing.

30 Dec 2003 description

The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.

24 Dec 2003 description

HIV/AIDS is taking an increasing toll on human life, severely affecting the agricultural labour force.

23 Dec 2003 description


Africa Weather Hazards Assessment Text Explanation December 25-31, 2003

22 Dec 2003 description


HIGHLIGHTS
Southern parts of the region have still not had sufficient rains for planting. FAO warns that the window for planting is drawing to a close.

Oprah Winfrey visited Zambia on 4 December to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS orphans.

An UN Inter-Agency Team met with Namibian officials to discuss the response to the recent appeal launched by the government of Namibia.

New cholera outbreaks have been reported in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

19 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Sudan, (6) Eritrea, (7) Ethiopia, (8) Somalia

C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia, (5) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Mozambique, (8) Swaziland, (9) Lesotho, (10) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) Bhutan, (2) Indonesia, (3) DPR Korea

18 Dec 2003 description

At present, two vaccines against cholera exist on the market, but only the one used by MSF in this Mozambique campaign has been granted a pre-qualification by the WHO.

18 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 December (IRIN) - Increasing maize prices in South Africa, partly due to drought and currency fluctuations, have forced the WFP to look to foreign markets to procure food aid for its emergency operation in Southern Africa.

15 Dec 2003 description

Highlights

As the rainy season develops, concern is increasing about the poor performance of the rains in southern Mozambique, especially in Maputo province, where the season that normally starts in late September. After two consecutive drought years, the season looked like it was off to a good start, but initial rains did not last, and now crop losses are expected. The total rainfall in Maputo from October 1-December 10, 2003 was only 30% of normal (30 years average).

Rains normally start in Tete Province in November.

12 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Palestinian Territories, (2) Iraq, (3) Iran, (4) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Tanzania, (5) Uganda, (6) Sudan, (7) Eritrea, (8) Ethiopia

C) West Africa: (1) Guinea Bissau, (2) Liberia, (3) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Tanzania, (8) Mozambique, (9) Swaziland, (10) Lesotho, (11) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea

12 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

KIGALI, 12 December (IRIN) - The governments of Rwanda and Mozambique and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) signed a tripartite agreement on Thursday on the voluntary repatriation of an estimated 900 Rwandan refugees in Mozambique.

11 Dec 2003 description



Africa Weather Hazards Assessment Text Explanation December 11-17, 2003

08 Dec 2003 description

23 countries face food shortages, others expect bumper harvests
Rome, 8 December 2003 -- Though some regions in Sub-Saharan Africa can expect bumper crops, food shortages are forecast in 23 countries throughout the continent, according to the Africa Report released today by FAO.*