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Donors and Southern African governments must act swiftly, collaboratively, and generously in responding to the South African Development Community’s (SADC) announcement of a regional drought emergency triggered by El Nino, warn Oxfam, Save the Children and CARE.
In a statement this week, SADC Council has approved a ‘Declaration of the Regional Drought Disaster’. Approximately 28-30 million people in Southern Africa now face severe levels of hunger and food insecurity. If no action is taken, that number could rise quickly to 49 million.
An estimated 383,261 people were affected by floods or storms and at least 117 people lost their lives during the 2013/2014 rainfall season.
Tropical Cyclone Hellen, which impacted Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar in late March, was one of the most powerful cyclones ever recorded in the Mozambique Channel.
In Zimbabwe, the more than 15,625 people evacuated remain in dire living conditions.
Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.Cyclical drought, food insecurity, cyclones, floods, disease outbreaks, complex emergencies, environmental degradation, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.
Southern Africa is prone to multiple, frequently repeating and compounding shocks, including drought, floods, cyclones, epidemics and crop pests. These shocks, occurring against a backdrop of poverty, have severe impacts on food and livelihood security, attested to by pervasive and extreme rates of chronic child malnutrition.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Following the successful launch of the Eastern and Southern Africa Commitment on HIV Prevention and Sexual Health for Young People in November 2011 by Dirk Niebel, Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), UNAIDS and UNESCO have now established a High-Level Group of policymakers and experts to steer this initiative.
By Thabani Okwenjani
HARARE, Jun 5, 2012 (IPS) - The Southern African Development Community's protocol on shared watercourses is recognised as one of the world's best. But sound agreements on the sustainable and equitable management of joint water resources require effective means to implement them.
Water officials from across Southern Africa are meeting in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jun 5-6 to develop a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the regional agreement.