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1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW
Census and the Demographic and Health Survey (DNS) augment database in Zambia
JOHANNESBURG - In response to warnings that a worsening humanitarian crisis is on the horizon in southern Africa next year, the international donor community has contributed vital funds to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) that will help save millions of lives across the region in the coming months.
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Op-ed article from The Washington Post
This report by Suresh Babu and Ashwin Bhouraskar
This report by Hisham Khogali
This report by Donald Mavunduse
This report by Christopher Eldridge
The Department for International Development Clare Short today announced a further £30 million contribution to meet emergency assistance in Africa. £15m of the contribution will go to meeting emergency needs in Ethiopia and the other £15 million will be put to humanitarian assistance and recovery programmes across southern Africa.
Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development said:
"I am very worried about food shortages in Africa.
This Ops Update is intended for reporting on emergency appeals.
Launched on 2 May 2002 for CHF 6,803,000 for 12 months revised 22 July to CHF 89,285,274 (USD 61.6 m/EUR 60.9m) in cash, kind and services to assist a minimum of 1.3 million beneficiaries for 12 months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 50,000
Period covered: - 27 November - 12 December 2002
Appeal coverage: 44.1%
Related Appeals: Southern Africa 2002 Annual Regional Appeal no. 01.16/2002
Outstanding needs: CHF 47,926,580
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Montréal, le 20 décembre 2002 - DÉVELOPPEMENT ET PAIX vient d'acheminer une nouvelle somme de 30 000 $ aux victimes de la famine en Afrique australe.
SADC Food Security Network Ministerial Brief
...helping decision-makers maintain food security...
Growing concern over food security prospects
POOR RAINFALL PERFOMANCE LIKELY TO AFFECT 2002/03 CROP PRODUCTION
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 20 Dec 2002
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UN SG statement
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Fuel blues in Zimbabwe
(Reporting period 1 December - 19 December)
The WFP EMOP is now 61.5% funded. There remains a shortfall of US$195 million.
The December pipelines for Zambia and Zimbabwe remain fragile but look a little healthier from January onwards.
I am delighted to have the opportunity today to address the Foreign Affairs Committee on the subject of the food crises in the Horn of Africa and in southern Africa.
As we look forward to Christmas the figures concerning famine emanating from Africa are stark. They serve as a damning indictment of our collective failure to address the needs of the most vulnerable at the beginning of a new millennium.
It is estimated that at least 28 million people will be affected by the current food shortages in the Horn of Africa and southern Africa.