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30 Nov 2004 description


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal No.0 1.15/2004; Programme Update no. 2; Period covered: July to November 2004; Appeal coverage: 33.0%; Outstanding needs: CHF 1,421,647 (USD 1,184,200 or EUR 929,500).

Appeal target: CHF 2,121,801 (USD 1,593,452 or EUR 1,365,820)

30 Nov 2004 description
report Save the Children

Two years ago, Southern Africa was the focus of attention for the humanitarian community and for public concern. Between the 6 focus countries of a regional appeal (Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Angola, over 16.5 million people were estimated to be in need of emergency assistance to meet their food needs.

26 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan

(C) East and Central Africa: East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Kenya, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

25 Nov 2004 description


Executive Summary

This paper examines the efficiency and effectiveness of emergency response in Southern Africa through the lens of the 2002/03 food crisis in the region. The authors outline improvements in information and operational procedures needed to enhance the response to future events. They also discuss national and regional trade regime changes that would reduce the need for emergency response, and consider what lessons the 2002/03 crisis may have for the role of Strategic Grain Reserves (SGRs).

23 Nov 2004 description

RIACSO provides support to national efforts in addressing the southern African triple threat of food insecurity, weakened capacity for governance and HIV/AIDS 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 response and mobilise donor support.

REGIONAL AND COUNTRY SPECIFIC DEVELOPMENTS

22 Nov 2004 description

Workshop report - Save the Children (UK) / SARPN

Introductory comments by the organisers

Greg Ramm, SC-UK regional coordinator

19 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan

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

(D) West Africa: (1) Sahel Region, (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Guinea, (5) Liberia, (6) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) Cambodia, (3) DPR Korea, (4) Myanmar

15 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

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NAIROBI, 15 November (IRIN) - Heads of state from countries in and around the Great Lakes region are set to take part in a two-day conference starting on Friday in Dar es Salaam that has been 20 years on the making.

With top international officials expected, including UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the current chairman of the African Union, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, the conference aims to consolidate the current post-conflict transitional peace processes taking place in various countries in …

12 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights
(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iraq

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Djibouti, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) RoC, (7) Rwanda, (8) Somalia, (9) Sudan, (10) Tanzania. (11) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Liberia

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

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea

10 Nov 2004 description
report Xinhua

MAPUTO, Nov 10, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Malaria kills about 45,000 children in Mozambique every year, local media reported on Wednesday.

The Anglican bishop of Mozambique's Libombos diocese, Dinis Sengulane, was quoted as saying here on Tuesday that malaria remains the greatest single cause of death, responsible for about 60 percent of deaths in the southern African country.

08 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

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BUJUMBURA, 8 Nov 2004 (IRIN) - Getting a clear picture of the situation of Burundian refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) is as difficult as walking through a brightly lit maze where the pathway is clearly visible, but all too often leads to a dead end.

The problem is that too many different organisations are dealing with these categories of people and seem to have overlapping duties with several grey areas of responsibility.

05 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran, (3) Iraq, (4) Russian Federation

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

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad (2) Cote d'Ivoire (3) Guinea (4) Liberia (5) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Myanmar, (4) Sri Lanka

04 Nov 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

JOHANNESBURG, 4 November (IRIN) - Lack of good rainfall before the harvest early next year could "exacerbate the situation" in Zimbabwe, the regional director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Mike Sackett, said on Thursday.

Although the external food requirements to be provided by international partners and programme modalities in Zimbabwe "remain unclear", the food aid agency was ready to continue assistance to vulnerable population groups as required.

Sackett requested immediate …

04 Nov 2004 description


Highlights

- Informal cross border maize trade volumes decline as marketing season ends.

- Retail maize prices rise as on-farm stocks dwindle.

- The DRC remains a net importer of maize, beans and rice.

Informal Cross Border Maize Trade Flow Volumes Decline

03 Nov 2004 description

Better practices in food aid programming that are relevant to an HIV/AIDS context are explored in two new studies compiled by the Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency.

31 Oct 2004 description


SUMMARY AND IMPLICATIONS
The upcoming rainy season will be critical for the recovery of food security in those parts of Mozambique affected by recurring droughts. October marks the normal onset of rains in the southern region and some of central region. According to the latest seasonal forecast, the conditions will improve towards the end of the year and the first quarter of next year, when the chances of successful planting are high. FEWS NET will closely monitor the performance of the season.