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Overall, the 2006/07 agricultural season has started relatively well thanks to favourable rainfall in most of the southern African region. However, late or insufficient rainfall and poor distribution may affect yields and area planted, potentially affecting final harvest prospects in southern and central Mozambique, southern Zambia, parts of southern Zimbabwe, among others. The persistence of moderate El Nino conditions in the Pacific Ocean is a source of concern for the second half of the rainy season, from January through March.
Tropical Cyclone Bondo
Tropical Cyclone Bondo developed into a very powerful storm in the southwestern Indian Ocean. The storm intensity peaked at 110 knots before starting to weaken. By the time Bondo made landfall, it had been down graded to a tropical storm with winds at about 60 knots. Bondo developed on December 18th near Diego Garcia and dissipated on December 26th in the Mozambique Channel.
This report covers the period from 11/11/2006 to 12/18/2006
Summary and implications
From the Editor
There are two major themes running through this issue of Field Exchange. The first is a focus on Southern Africa and the programmatic challenges presented by HIV/AIDS and the second concerns infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE). An extended visit to South Africa over the summer by ENN co-director, Marie McGrath, offered the opportunity to visit several collaborative WFP programmes in Swaziland and Namibia and also to identify significant HIV-related research in the region.
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the awarding of a $150 million Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) contract to a consortium headed by Research Triangle Institute (RTI). Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) is the application of safe insecticides to the indoor walls and ceilings of a home or structure in order to interrupt the spread of malaria by killing mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite.
NANGWESHI, Zambia, December 21 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency on Thursday handed over the facilities in Nangweshi Refugee Camp to the Zambian government, marking the formal end of a camp that had been established seven years ago to house Angolans fleeing their civil war.
The closing of the camp and the transfer of assets worth almost US$500,000 was made possible by a combination in recent months of repatriation of some Angolan refugees and the relocation of others to another refugee settlement, Mayukwayukwa, where they have a chance to become self-sufficient through agriculture.
Luena, 12/19 - Ten Angolan families that returned recently from the neighbouring Republic of Zambian received foodstuffs, construction materials and farming instruments on Tuesday.
The goods were delivered by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Luena city, eastern Moxico province.
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LUSAKA, 18 December (IRIN) - The poor nutrition often experienced by HIV-positive Zambians on antiretroviral [ARV] drug treatment is nullifying the benefits of the medicine, health experts are warning.
"Whenever I take my ARVs without eating anything, I begin to feel dizzy and sometimes I even vomit - I generally feel very weak in my body; I have to be in bed for some time unless I took the drugs after eating," Elizabeth Mukwendi, a resident in the capital, Lusaka, one of thousands on ARVs, told …
APPEAL AND BUDGET REVISION
The Federation's vision is to strive, through voluntary action, for a world of empowered communities, better able to address human suffering and crises with hope, respect for dignity and a concern for equity. Its mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.
1.The Government of Japan has decided to extend food aid totaling 930 million yen through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to countries and regions in need of food in a fragile transitional stage. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 15 (Fri) in Rome between Mr. Yuji Nakamura, Japanese Ambassador to Italy, and Ms.
YOKOHAMA - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed an aid package totalling JPY 930 million (US$8 million) from the Government of Japan to assist millions of vulnerable people affected by conflict, natural disasters and HIV/AIDS in five African countries and the occupied Palestinian territory.
The White House Summit on Malaria
On December 14, 2006, The President And Mrs. Bush Will Host The First-Ever White House Summit On Malaria In Washington, D.C. The White House Summit on Malaria will bring together international experts; corporations and foundations; African civic leaders; and voluntary, faith-based and non-profit organizations. The Summit's goals are to raise awareness of malaria and to mobilize a grassroots effort to save millions of lives in Africa. One American with just $10 can help save a life in Africa. A school, a church, or a team can help save a village.
by Malaika Kamunanwire, (800) 334-7626
Robert W. Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief and Development, was a featured speaker at the White House Summit on Malaria in Washington, DC on Thursday, December 14th. The Summit was hosted by President and Mrs. Bush at the National Geographic Society in collaboration with the Department of State, the U.S.
LUSAKA, Dec 14, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Zambian government will provide 1.4 trillion kwacha (about 341 million U.S.
JOHANNESBURG - The future of southern Africa is dependent upon governments in the region halting the effects of HIV/AIDS and ensuring orphans receive good nutrition, education and care, said James T. Morris, the U.N. Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa.
Southern Africa has nine of the ten highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rates in the world and more than 3.3 million orphans due to the virus; this combination is straining government budgets for health care and social services, food security, education, communities and extended families.
Positive ENSO conditions and the Indian Ocean Dipole remain in place
Although there has been a slight amount of cooling in the eastern tropical Pacific, sea surface temperatures remain well above normal across most of the basin. Positive ENSO conditions (or El Nino conditions) are expected to remain in place through the end of the southern Africa growing season.
Summary and implications
The food security status of many households across the region remains stable, although there are signs that household food supplies are now tightening as the hunger season sets in. Food prices have generally remained stable and below last year and the past five years' average, but prices noticeably increased in November in select markets, indicating decreasing market supplies and raising concerns about growing food access problems among vulnerable populations.
by Tapiwa Gomo, Lusaka
The provision of water and sanitation is the beginning of poverty reduction among poor communities. This was the message sent by Dr.
Johannesburg - After nearly five years as the Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Humanitarian Needs in Southern Africa, James Morris, who is also the Executive Director of WFP will undertake his final mission to the region from December 7-15.
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