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31 Dec 2003 description


Highlights

The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) is centrally placed towards the North-Northeast. Areas in proximity of the ITCZ will continue to experience relatively higher rainfall while those further away will experience sporadic or localized rainfall. However, even with only localized rainfall, planting need not be delayed any further as the rainfall received so far is adequate to support germination.

31 Dec 2003 description


Rocky road towards HIPC Completion Point -- President Mwanawasa
The Zambian Government has pledged to work towards reaching the Completion Point of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC). In his New Year speech to the nation, President Mwanawasa said that the nation had to resume working with the IMF's in order to access debt relief " I want to warn the nation that we can not afford not to return to the IMF programme by June 2004".

30 Dec 2003 description

The Federal Foreign Office supported 307 projects for humanitarian aid, humanitarian mine clearance as well as disaster prevention all over the world in 2003 to the tune of EUR 71.5 million.

24 Dec 2003 description

HIV/AIDS is taking an increasing toll on human life, severely affecting the agricultural labour force.

23 Dec 2003 description

Appeal Target: CHF 1,072,143 (USD 735,653 or EUR 728,947)
Period covered: April to October 2003

23 Dec 2003 description


Africa Weather Hazards Assessment Text Explanation December 25-31, 2003

22 Dec 2003 description


HIGHLIGHTS
Southern parts of the region have still not had sufficient rains for planting. FAO warns that the window for planting is drawing to a close.

Oprah Winfrey visited Zambia on 4 December to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS orphans.

An UN Inter-Agency Team met with Namibian officials to discuss the response to the recent appeal launched by the government of Namibia.

New cholera outbreaks have been reported in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

19 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Sudan, (6) Eritrea, (7) Ethiopia, (8) Somalia

C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia, (5) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Mozambique, (8) Swaziland, (9) Lesotho, (10) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) Bhutan, (2) Indonesia, (3) DPR Korea

18 Dec 2003 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 December (IRIN) - Increasing maize prices in South Africa, partly due to drought and currency fluctuations, have forced the WFP to look to foreign markets to procure food aid for its emergency operation in Southern Africa.

17 Dec 2003 description
report Mail and Guardian

Zarina Geloo- Lusaka, Zambia

Six people have died from cholera and another 165 are reported to be in a serious condition as the disease sweeps through Zambia's capital, Lusaka.

It appears that local authorities have been caught flat-footed by the outbreak. They are now engaged in a frantic bid to contain the disease, which is transmitted through contaminated water and food. Cholera typically occurs in Zambia during the country's rainy season.

The city council of Lusaka is scouting for extra garbage collection trucks.

15 Dec 2003 description

Oprah "talks" HIV/AIDS in Zambia

12 Dec 2003 description

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an $800,000 grant to expand a public-private alliance with Foods Resource Bank (FRB) to address hunger through unique agricultural development programs in the developing world. The USAID-FRB alliance was formed in 2002 with an initial $500,000 grant.

12 Dec 2003 description

JOHANNESBURG, C-SAFE, the Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency, has announced the launch of its newly designed website. "It's easy to use, contains in-depth country information and presents our tireless response to the most severe food security crisis to hit the region in a decade," says Steve Goudswaard, C-SAFE Manager.

12 Dec 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Palestinian Territories, (2) Iraq, (3) Iran, (4) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Tanzania, (5) Uganda, (6) Sudan, (7) Eritrea, (8) Ethiopia

C) West Africa: (1) Guinea Bissau, (2) Liberia, (3) Côte d'Ivoire

D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Tanzania, (8) Mozambique, (9) Swaziland, (10) Lesotho, (11) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea