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31 Dec 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal No.; 05AA016 Programme Update no.1 Period covered: June to October, 2005; Appeal coverage: 92.5%; Outstanding needs: CHF 250,900(USD 191,234 or EUR 162, 132).

Programme Update no.

31 Dec 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 183 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org

In Brief

Appeal No. 05AA018; Programme Update no. 2, Period covered: July to November 2005; Appeal coverage: 150.4% (adjusted as per revised appeal budget).

31 Dec 2005 description


HIGHLIGHTS
- Tanzania exports a record volume of maize through informal trade as fears of trade ban loom.

- Retail maize prices continue to rise, signifying dwindling stocks in most parts of the region.

- Rice and bean trade resurge but overall trade still significantly lower than last season

RECORD EXPORT OF MAIZE BY TANZANIA

30 Dec 2005 description

BRUSSELS - With a contribution of a 4 million euros from ECHO for Pakistan today, the European Commission (EC) has provided its largest contribution since 1992 - some 214 million euros - to the United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP) operations around the globe in its effort to save lives and feed the hungry poor.

29 Dec 2005 description
report Africare

Help provide critical food and humanitarian relief to people in Southern Africa in the countries of Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia, facing drought and low food harvests.

The regional food crisis in Southern Africare is worsening significantly. Zambia declared a national emergency in December 2005, underscoring the need for increased donations for an estimated 1.7 million hungry people, while Malawi officials say 5 million people face serious food shortages, as staple maize prices are increasing exponentially.

28 Dec 2005 description

After more than two decades of extended civil war in Angola, over 210,000 Angolans have fled to the western region of neighboring Zambia, where they live in poverty as refugees. Meanwhile, the Zambian communities where refugee camps have been established face the same poverty but do not receive the external aid that is focused on the Angolan refugees. This has created a sense of unfairness among Zambians and has aggravated relations between the two groups.

28 Dec 2005 description
report IRIN

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27 Dec 2005 description
report Xinhua

LUSAKA, Dec 27, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The cholera cases have increased to 108 since December 23 in Zambia's capital Lusaka while in Ndola in the northern part of the country has recorded nine ceases, a health official has confirmed.

27 Dec 2005 description
report IRIN

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23 Dec 2005 description

This week 's report covers the following sectors:Agriculture, Coordination and Support Services, Food, Health, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter and Non-food Items, Security

23 Dec 2005 description

Lusaka/Geneva, 23 December 2005 - WFP, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of Zambia appealed today for US$8.5 million to provide food aid for up to 82,000 Angolan and Congolese refugees in Zambia facing an imminent ration cut of 50 percent.

23 Dec 2005 description

LUSAKA, December 23 (UNHCR) - More than 80,000 refugees in Zambia's five refugee camps and settlements could face malnutrition, triggering social problems like child labour and prostitution, unless international donors provide funds to avert a 50 percent cut in food rations scheduled to take effect in January.

22 Dec 2005 description

Johannesburg, 22 December 2005 - While much of the rest of the world feasts over the holiday season, more than nine million southern Africans face an uncertain future in 2006 because WFP lacks the funding to deliver enough food aid to the hungriest in the region.

22 Dec 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

LUSAKA, 22 December (IRIN) - The Zambian government has extended its commercial maize import programme by three months in a bid to ensure adequate tonnages to feed 1.7 million food insecure people.

Harrison Banda, executive director of the Millers Association of Zambia, welcomed the extension of the import programme, originally scheduled to end on 31 December, because it would allow millers enough time to bring in much needed stocks.

According to the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU), of the 200,000 mt …

21 Dec 2005 description

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead

January -- March 2006 Southern Africa

The outlook for Jan-Mar 2006 southern Africa rainfall at one month lead shows a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring below average rainfall over Namibia, portions of southern Angola, southern Botswana, Swaziland, portions of southern Mozambique, the Maize Triangle and the Western Cape Province of South Africa, and locally over southern Madagascar.

20 Dec 2005 description

LUANDA, December 20 (UNHCR) - The return of a group of Angolan refugees from Botswana on Monday 19 December marked the end of UNHCR's three-year programme of organised convoys to Angola, under a voluntary repatriation scheme that has helped hundreds of thousands of refugees return home.

20 Dec 2005 description

Briefing by Michael Hess, Assistant Administrator, Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, and Jean Jacques Grasse, Deputy Director of the World Food Programme

19 Dec 2005 description

Nutritional assessments undertaken in a number of countries over the past month show an increase in acute malnutrition. In the drought affected areas in Mozambique, acute malnutrition records 5%; the food insecure districts in Zambia show acute malnutrition figures of 7.7%; in Malawi the centre and southern parts recorded increased number of admissions to Nutritional Rehabilitation Units compared to last year; in Zimbabwe vulnerable districts recorded acute malnutrition rates of 9% and in Madagascar, acute malnutrition rates doubled since 1997 to 14% country wide.