- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
Emergency Appeal start date:19 April 2017
Covered by this update: 19 April to 21 June 2017
Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is a moth native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, whose larva (photo) causes damage to crops. It mainly affects maize, with potential hosts from 26 plant families. Significant yield loss can be caused by FAW, if not well managed. FAW has several generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.
Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect pest that feeds on more than 80 crop species, causing damage to economically important cultivated cereals such as maize, rice, sorghum, and also to legumes as well as vegetable crops and cotton.
Emergency Appeal start date:19 April 2017
covered by this update: 19 April to 12 May 2017
A new discussion paper examines research findings and evidence on parenting of adolescents in eastern and southern African countries. The paper aims to shed new light on how adolescents are raised, what social and structural factors affect parenting and where families turn for support in this important region.
When Eric Muraguri noticed women collecting chicken byproduct parts outside a Nairobi poultry processing plant where he worked, he decided to start a service to provide safe and affordable protein to some of Kenya’s poorest people.
At the time, Muraguri was working at the largest poultry company in East Africa. Today he is the founder of Chicken Choice, with nine shops, or “bandas,” across Kenya supplying affordable chicken products suitable for human consumption. Muraguri’s target market comprises mainly women and children, who are the most vulnerable to malnutrition.
This evaluation was designed to review the goals and implementation of activities relating to public and private extension services supporting the achievement of USAID agriculture and food security program objectives. It assesses the relevance and efficacy of current activities; identifies ways to make future USAID support in this area more efficient and effective; and may be used in shaping future Feed the Future programs both at the Washington support level and in mission programs.
- Heavy rains brought needed moisture to dry areas in eastern southern Africa.
- Moderate to heavy rains were observed around Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya.
- Needed rainfall was observed across previously dry areas in southern Africa.
- Dry conditions prevailed across eastern Africa.
1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October- December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.
Training Africans to increase sales and grow small agricultural businesses
PHOENIX (August 5, 2014) – President Barack Obama spoke to 50 African leaders at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington D.C. from Aug. 4-6, to promote Africa’s economic growth in business and foreign investment. President Obama rallied support for Africa’s upcoming generation in creating business opportunities.
There are more than half a million people of concern to UNHCR in southern Africa, as well as a large number of irregular migrants.
South Africa remains the recipient of the highest annual number of asylum applications worldwide, with 82,000 applications in 2012.
Flooding possible with heavy rainfall in parts of Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Madagascar
Heavy rains are expected in eastern Southern Africa, increasing risks for localized flooding during the next outlook period.
1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October-December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.
Recovery of rainfall deficits unlikely in northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia
Enhanced rains were observed across Southern Africa during the past observation period.
1) Both delayed start and poor distribution of rainfall since the beginning of the October- December rainy season have led to moisture deficits and below-average ground conditions across northern Kenya and parts of southern Somalia. With the season already coming to an end, the potential for recovery is unlikely.
The ‘Promoting Women’s Rights Across Africa’ (Pan-Africa) project forms part of the Oxfam GB Raising her Voice (RHV) programme portfolio, which aims to support and strengthen women’s roles in shaping policy and local governance. Through the Pan Africa project, RHV committed to support the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) secretariat in Kenya as well as partners (SOAWR coalition members) in Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, The Gambia, Mozambique, Liberia, Nigeria and South Africa.
Several weeks of above-average seasonal precipitation over the Greater Horn has negatively impacted parts of Kenya
1) Since the beginning of the year, poorly distributed and significantly below average seasonal rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions, stressed vegetation and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout many parts of southwestern Africa. Many local areas in Angola and Namibia have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January.