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23 Dec 2002 description

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.

23 Dec 2002 description


Zambia's food crisis will continue beyond March


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) issues periodic emergencies when population groups are now, or will soon become, extremely food insecure, unable to meet their consumption needs. These groups have already exhausted their strategies for acquiring food and face imminent famine.

Issued: December 23, 2002; Valid until February 22, 2003

20 Dec 2002 description


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

20 Dec 2002 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

19 Dec 2002 description

(Reporting period 1 December - 19 December)
Key Updates

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.

18 Dec 2002 description


FOOD SECURITY IN ZAMBIA - A SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS
Summary

The onset of the 2002-03 rainy seasons has been disappointing and generally unfavorable for early planting. The probability of late planting is very high.

The food supply situation is unsatisfactory in the southern part of the country.

Only 13 percent of the total amount of relief food required until March 2003 has been delivered so far.

If the Government had not rejected the offer of GMO maize, two months of the total relief food requirement could have been met.

18 Dec 2002 description

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.

17 Dec 2002 description
report Government of Japan

From Press Conference

Mr. Okuyama: I would also like to draw your attention to the press release issued yesterday about food assistance to people in Southern Africa. The Government of Japan has decided to extend food assistance in the amount of 1.1 billion yen through the World Food Programme (WFP) to people suffering in Southern Africa, namely the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Republic of Malawi, the Kingdom of Swaziland and the Republic of Zambia.

The notes were exchanged to this effect in Rome yesterday between our Ambassador to Italy, Ms.

16 Dec 2002 description

AA 02 079

Australia will provide a further $5 million for victims of the food shortage in Southern Africa, the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Chris Gallus, announced today.

'The humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa is now extremely serious,' said Mrs Gallus.

'More than 14 million people are affected by food shortage and the long-term outlook is worsening as the drought continues.'

Mrs Gallus said the high incidence of HIV/AIDS was compounding the problem because it prevented large numbers of people from working their farms.

Under …

12 Dec 2002 description


CCA Guidance for Southern Africa Rainfall for Jan-Mar 2003 At One Month Lead

12 Dec 2002 description

Introduction

The overall humanitarian situation in southern Africa is finely balanced, with much evidence to indicate that it will deteriorate, particularly at the start of the New Year as people's coping strategies are pushed to the limit. In most of the affected countries food supplies are inadequate at present and supplies are highly uncertain. Further funding for the UN relief programme is essential and urgent.

09 Dec 2002 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

05 Dec 2002 description

(Reporting period: 16 November - 29 November)
Key Updates

The WFP EMOP is now 56.2% funded. There remains a shortfall of US$222.8 million.

On Monday 25 November, the Government of Zimbabwe imposed a sudden ban on the milling of GM maize in country. As a result the food aid pipeline for December faces severe shortages.

03 Dec 2002 description

2002-073

WASHINGTON - From now through 2003, up to 35 million people in Africa will need food aid. The U.S. Agency for International Development is working with its partners--the World Food Program, other donors, and the private voluntary community--to deliver up to 2.75 million metric tons of food to help meet this need.

01 Dec 2002 description

This weekend marks World AIDS Day, when we should pause to focus on the plight of people and families whose lives are blighted by one of the most lethal diseases history has seen.

This annual spotlight could hardly come at a more poignant moment: the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa is exacerbating a food crisis so extreme that it threatens to become the worst in modern times.

It is difficult to comprehend, but in seven southern African countries the lives of over fourteen million people are at risk of starvation - that's more than the number of people who live in Greater …

27 Nov 2002 description


1.0 Rainfall Forecast for 2001/2002 Season

18 Nov 2002 description


Key Updates

As of the middle of November 2002, the response to the overall UN Consolidated Appeal for Southern Africa is 56% after contributions from the USA and Italy. The WFP Regional Appeal is 44% confirmed.

Due to the recent decision by the Government of Zambia to reject GM maize, WFP have had to divert approximately 51,000t of GM maize intended for Zambia, to other countries in the region. This GM maize would have met the cereal requirement of 850,000 people from now until March 2003.

15 Nov 2002 description


U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

Note: the last situation report was dated November 1, 2002.

BACKGROUND