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The SADC Region Food and Nutrition Security Strategy 2015-2025 emphasises that the regional food and nutrition security situation remains unstable and unpredictable.
Almost 16% of SADC’s rural population have been consistently designated food insecure over the past 5 years. This despite improved production in some Member States.
GENEVA - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a US$10.5 million grant to address human rights barriers faced by vulnerable communities in Africa, and facilitate access to lifesaving health care. The grant is the first of its kind and will cover 10 countries including Botswana, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, the Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Over the past 10 years the SADC region has experienced 545 disaster events which affected approximately 39 million people and resulted in 5,300 deaths (EMDAT). The highest number of disaster events occurred in 2006/2007 and 2011, with fewer disaster events during the last 3 years. Droughts and floods affected the highest number of people. The largest number of people were affected in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Tanzania respectively, with the most people affected during 2005 and 2007.
NOVEMBER 2014– JANUARY 2015 RAINFALL
The Southern African summer monsoon was very active over the eastern parts of SADC region with heavy rain mostly concentrated over Island States, southern Malawi, northern Mozambique,
Zambia and Zimbabwe during December 2014 and early January 2015.
Despite those wet spells which brought flooding in some countries, overall normal rainfall conditions were mostly observed in the region;
Resilience refers to the ability of a system, communities and households to endure stresses and shocks.
Southern Africa as a region is characterized by high levels of vulnerability.
Recent momentum around the resilience building agenda in Lesotho and Malawi shows great promise.
A groundbreaking resilience framework is being developed to guide future activities in the region
The Special Electoral Court (CES) officially announced the presidential election results:
Dr Jean Louis Robinson received 21% of the votes; followed by Mr Hery Ranaonarimampianina with 16% of the votes . These two candidates will now run against each other in the second round of elections scheduled to take place on 20 December 2013.
Jean-Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina are to run against each other in the second round of the Presidential elections scheduled for 20 December.
A tense political climate surrounds the holding of municipal elections, scheduled for 20 November, with Renamo boycotting the elections and scuffles having reportedly broken out between supporters of Movimento Democrático de Moçambique (MDM) and riot police in Beira over the weekend.
The election results have been officially announced. No candidate received more than 50% of the vote, meaning that Jean-Louis Robinson (with 21.1% of the vote) and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (with 15.9% of the votes) will run against each other in the second round of the presidential elections scheduled for 20 December 2013.
(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.
• As the agricultural season drawsto a close, above normal rains in April in the southern parts of the region could improve pasture conditions. However, they are unlikely to mitigate the impact of earlier periods of extended dryness on crop production. Additionally, recent wet conditions, along with possibility of continued rains, may cause cob-rot among crops drying in the field.
COMOROS: A donor round table meeting to launch the Comoros Early Recovery Plan will be held on 5 September 2012, in Pretoria, South Africa.
A CERF grant for USD 6.2 million has been approved for Lesotho for the following areas.
Food Security: 1.Emergency agriculture interventions for vulnerable farmers 2.Food parcels or cash transfers to most vulnerable population.
Health and Nutrition: 1.Management of moderate, acute and severe malnutrition 2.Strengthening of disease surveillance
A CERF application has been submitted for US$ 7.67 million, but the amount will be reduced to US$ 5 million. The total amount required for the humanitarian response is around $104 million. The total number of affected people is 2,223,096 of which 1,833,900 are directly affected by food insecurity in 7 provinces. This includes 294,209 children under the age of 5 who are affected by acute malnutrition. In addition, 150,000 people are in need of water supply.