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By Breda Gahan
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Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).
Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.
The Government of Japan has announced that it would provide a USD 640,000 emergency grant through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in order to support the smooth implementation of the presidential by-election to be held on January 20, 2015 in the Republic of Zambia.
The by-election follows the passing of Michael Chilufya Sata, the President of the Republic of Zambia, on October 28 this year. The Government has requested emergency assistance from the international community for carrying out this election in a free, fair, transparent and inclusive manner.
- 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.
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.
WFP operates in Zambia through a Country Programme (DEV 200157), supporting the Government's priorities to reach the MDG hunger targets.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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
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.