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31 Dec 2014 description
  • Heavy rains brought needed moisture to dry areas in eastern southern Africa.
  • Moderate to heavy rains were observed around Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya.
31 Dec 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

In Zambia, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is implementing its 7th Country Programme of Cooperation (2011-2015) with the Government of Zambia. Its aim is “to contribute to poverty eradication by strengthening reproductive health services and enhancing Governments capacity to implement a multi-sectoral population programme”. The Programme is aligned with Zambia's revised Sixth National Development Plan and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2011-2015.

31 Dec 2014 description

COUNTRY STRATEGY:

WFP operates in Zambia through a Country Programme (DEV 200157), supporting the Government's priorities to reach the MDG hunger targets.

31 Dec 2014 description
report Irish Aid

Ireland’s overseas aid programme is helping to lift millions of people out of poverty and hunger; reducing the number of mothers who die in childbirth and helping to tackle major health crises, including Ebola.

25 Dec 2014 description

Some relief expected for abnormally dry patches in East and Southern Africa

1-. Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October-December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia.
As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2014 description
  • Needed rainfall was observed across previously dry areas in southern Africa.
  • Dry conditions prevailed across eastern Africa.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October- December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.

  • Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.

  • Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.

FIGURES *

24 Dec 2014 description

Les variétés améliorées doivent aller de pair avec des systèmes agricoles respectueux de l'environnement, conviennent des experts internationaux

19 décembre 2014, Rome – Les systèmes d'exploitation à base de céréales doivent entamer la transition vers l'agriculture durable si l'on veut qu'ils répondent un jour à une demande inégalée de maïs, de riz et de blé. Tel est l'un des messages clés d'une réunion, cette semaine à la FAO, d'un groupe d'éminents experts internationaux.

23 Dec 2014 description

Contents:

Procurement catalysing market development pgs. 1-5

Collaboration with Heifer International in Zambia pgs. 6-7

P4P in South Sudan pgs. 8-9

International Year of Family Farming closes pg. 9

P4P in the news, updates and contacts pg. 10

22 Dec 2014 description

Innocent Makumba, aged 38, enrolled in the Mazabuka School for Continuing Education in southern Zambia in October 2014 to learn skills needed for construction work. Innocent, along with 50 trainees, will learn bricklaying, carpentry, electrics and plumbing, while building a new school as part of the course supported by UNESCO’s Basic Education for Africa Rise (BEAR) project.

22 Dec 2014 description

Planting delayed in eastern and central Zambia

Key Messages

  • Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are expected to continue up to March. The good 2014 harvest have ensured that many rural households consume from own stocks longer than usual reducing demand on the market. Consequently, the lean season is expected to remain milder than usual.

19 Dec 2014 description

World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems

Rome, 19 December 2014 ­ - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.

19 Dec 2014 description

Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.

17 Dec 2014 description
report World Vision

World Vision has scaled –up its advocacy work in the country with Gender Based Violence Survivor Support (GBVSS) project opening a “One Stop” centre in Keembe ADP which is reported to have high cases of teenage pregnancies and child marriage.

WV Zambia Board Member Miyanda Maimbo told guests at the official opening of the centre in Chibombo that scaling up advocacy interventions have been necessitated after observing high incidences of child marriage and teenage pregnancies.