- 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
New pest poses novel threat to region reeling from effects of consecutive droughts
3 February 2017, Harare – A fall armyworm outbreak, the first emergence of the pest in southern Africa, is causing considerable crop damage in some countries. If the pest damage aggravates, it could dampen prospects for good crop harvests that is anticipated in the current farming season. Maize, a staple food in the region has been the most affected, as well as other cereals including sorghum, millet and wheat.
Zambia has approved maize exports and initiated a series of convoys carrying maize from last year’s harvest to support people in need in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. To date, 30,000 mt has been exported.
The balance for export, 39,000 mt, is expected to be completed by December 2016, ahead of the rainy season. The Government of Zambia, through the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU), continues to provide support to WFP’s humanitarian maize export operation.
- The Country Office successfully launched the use of PREMISE and mVAM (remote mobile technologies for Food Security Surveys) to enhance market monitoring during the 2016/17 El Nino response.
This will help track changes on market behaviour with a view of providing advisory support to the Government through DMMU on the type of modifications to be made on food and/or cash transfers towards the food insecure population.
Household staple foods remain tight during the current harvest period
JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is increasingly concerned about food security in southern Africa where an estimated 14 million people are facing hunger following prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.
The El Niño global weather event, which is leading to even worse drought across the region, is already affecting this year’s crop. With little or no rain falling in many areas and the window for the planting of cereals closing fast or already closed in some countries, the outlook is alarming.
OCHA ROSA has published a humanitarian bulletin on the regional flood season. Highlights include:
More than 1.82 million people were affected by floods or storms and at least 539 people lost their lives during the 2014/2015 Southern Africa rainfall season.
Extremely heavy rains over Malawi and Mozambique displaced 230,000 and 68,000 people respectively.
In Madagascar, Tropical Storm Chedza alone affected 123,225 people.
- Large scale, heavy rainfall continues to alleviate many anomalously dry areas, but also elevates the potential for flooding in southeastern 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.
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe – A regional initiative that aims to eliminate malaria in the Zambezi valley was launched today by Zambia and Zimbabwe, with support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Announced on World Malaria Day, the cross-border initiative will accelerate efforts to eliminate malaria in the region with focused intervention, supported by existing grants from the Global Fund. Zambia and Zimbabwe hosted a series of events today in Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, to launch the Trans-Zambezi Malaria Initiative.
Several countries in the Southern African region have suffered outbreaks of the African Armyworm, a deleterious pest of crops and rangeland herbage. The late onset of rains resulting in prolonged dry weather well into the normal rainy season followed by wet conditions and conducive wind drifts, created a favourable environment for the outbreak and spread of the pest in the region.
Africa has many accomplishments in which to take pride and confidence.
Progress on many fronts is dramatic with a new sense of optimism right across the continent.
Economic growth is strong, feeding through into increased incomes and better living standards. Foreign investment is pouring in, encouraged by the energy and talent of Africa's people, rising consumer demand and improved standards of government.
- Correct use most likely when nets delivered
to households via local networks, World Vision says
- Community-wide coverage, using right kind of nets, also critical to combating malaria
- Large distribution starts in Zambia this week; project to provide 3 mln nets in four African countries
Johannesburg, October 12, 2009
- Amid promising international steps in fighting malaria, aid group World Vision is urging the humanitarian community today to pay close attention to the way protective bed nets are being distributed in vulnerable countries, to maximize their impact …
21 Jul 2009 - A disease affecting fish stocks threatens the livelihoods of 25 million people in the Zambezi River basin. The most affected country is Zambia, where over 2,000 villages and some 7,000 people are now at risk of hunger.
Malaria will not be eradicated unless the distribution of mosquito nets is accompanied by extensive and prolonged community education and empowerment efforts, according to a new report issued today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
"Since 2002, the distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets has increased ten-fold in sub-Saharan Africa", begins "The Winning Formula to Beat Malaria", a report issued to coincide with World …
Les preuves scientifiques s'accumulent qui démontrent qu'en combinant la distribution de moustiquaires avec des campagnes de suivi menées au sein des populations par des volontaires formés, il est possible de réduire de manière significative l'incidence du paludisme. Associer aux programmes de distribution de moustiquaires des activités de soutien et de formation est essentiel pour venir en aide aux groupes les plus vulnérables (notamment les personnes qui vivent dans des endroits reculés, les réfugiés, les personnes victimes d'opprobre et de …
There is growing scientific evidence to demonstrate that combining mosquito net distribution with follow-on "hang up" campaigns carried out by trained volunteers in the community significantly reduces incidences of malaria. Combining distribution with follow on support and training is especially crucial to reach the most vulnerable groups (such as those living in remote areas, refugees, people affected by stigma and discrimination) who cannot be otherwise reached by mass education campaigns.
Le paludisme (encore appelé malaria) ne pourra être éradiqué que si la distribution de moustiquaires s'accompagne d'efforts intensifs et prolongés en matière d'éducation des populations, estime un nouveau rapport publié aujourd'hui par la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR).
Note: Map production date estimated
In Zambia and Angola the growing season has been dry up to now and reductions in yield up to -8% are expected. Above average maize yields are seen in Botswana (+4%), South Africa (+4%) and Swaziland (+3%) and 2% below average national yields in Lesotho, Mozambique and Namibia. Moderate dry conditions in Malawi and Zimbabwe could result in yield decreases that are about 6% lower than the 5 years average.