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29 Aug 2018 description

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• The 2017-18 rainfall season was characterized by a late start, an extended mid-season dry spell (December-January) and heavy rains from February into April. The dry spell caused moisture stress and wilting of the early planted crops in many areas in Botswana, south-western Madagascar, southern Malawi, southern and some central parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

07 May 2018 description

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  • Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).

08 Nov 2013 description

(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.

28 May 2012 description

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) signed a landmark agreement in Botswana on 25 May 2012 to work together to fight food insecurity in the 15 member countries of the SADC region of southern Africa.

21 Mar 2005 description

KUALA LUMPUR - With the closure of the Humanitarian Air Hub at Subang air base this month, the United Nations World Food Programme today paid tribute to the Government of Malaysia for its extraordinary support in the humanitarian response to the tsunami crisis.

03 Mar 2005 description

BANGKOK - With the tsunami-struck countries in Asia moving into the reconstruction phase, the United Nations World Food Programme is launching a series of post-emergency humanitarian activities that will help hundreds of thousands of survivors return to a stable, productive and independent way of life.

Just over two months after the 26 December 2004 disaster, WFP is starting food-for-work projects in Myanmar to help people rebuild their communities.

04 Feb 2005 description


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(a) Humanitarian operations in the region affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami on 26 December, 2004, have entered the recovery and reconstruction phase as WFP continues to assist more than 1.345 million people across the region.

(b) With bottlenecks hampering the distribution of aid and causing unrest, Sri Lanka's President has ordered administrators to deliver entitlements to at least 70 per cent of people affected by the tsunami by February 7.

25 Jan 2005 description

GENEVA - The head of the United Nations World Food Programme today paid tribute to the "truly historic" support from the private sector to the agency's emergency operations in the tsunami crisis, saying that without these generous donations, WFP would never have been able to hit its funding target so quickly.

WFP Executive Director James Morris said that private companies and individuals had collectively provided 20 percent of the US$256 million food relief operation for tsunami survivors, a record in the agency's 40-plus years of existence.

"It is exciting and …