- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
WASHINGTON — Several countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), including Zimbabwe, on Monday evening experienced an earth tremor described by a seismologist as out of the ordinary.
Times Live of South Africa, quoting TMG Digital, reported the tremor measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale in Gauteng occurred earlier in the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng before another one hit in the evening.
Low regional cereal supply levels triggers price increases in parts of Southern Africa
JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.
The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;
Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;
During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.
DECEMBER 2014– FEBRUARY 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
•The austral summer monsoon continues to be very active over Indian Ocean and in the vicinity of eastern parts of continental SADC.
•The region received: normal rainfall conditions over the easternmost parts of contiguous SADC mostly covered by Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
•Significant drier-than-normal conditions continued to occur over the western and southern parts of conterminous SADC.
SEPTEMBER– NOVEMBER 2014 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS
The season started slowly with a delays over most parts of the region. A delay of one or two dekad(s) was observed.
Over eastern part of the region covering the southern DRC, Zambia, Zimbabwe, the southern Mozambique and northern part of South Africa was drier than normal.
Some wet spots were observed during this period, spreading over eastern DRC, west and south of Tanzania, central Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.
New book helps region understand what might be in store and what to do about it
September 3, 2013, Maseru, Lesotho—The southern region of Africa could be the hardest hit by rising temperatures from climate change, leaving many to wonder what this means for agriculture. Will some areas become unsuitable for farming? Will farmers face lower yields, or turn to new crops? Will climate change threaten food security? These are challenging questions for policymakers, who must plan for the future without available information and analysis.
1) Since the beginning of the year, several consecutive weeks of below-average rainfall has worsened ground conditions and negatively impacted cropping activities and livestock throughout northern Namibia and southern Angola. Many local areas have experienced less than half of their normal rainfall accumulation since January. With little to no rain forecast during the upcoming outlook period, relief is unlikely as the seasonal rains weaken during March.
Minimal acute food insecurity across the region
Currently, most parts of the region remain generally food secure, despite the current peak of the lean season. The green harvest and targeted food distribution programs are helping to ameliorate acute food insecurity in areas facing food shortages due to poor harvests during the last agricultural production season.
Release date: 19-03-2012
Tropical cyclones and tropical storms bring more rain to Madagascar and Mozambique
Dry spell affects cropping in southern parts of the region, including Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Southern Malawi, southern Mozambique and southern Zimbabwe
Lean season peaks, but food security conditions remain favorable over most parts
Food security remains favorable over most parts of Southern Africa with most staple foods being readily available on local markets and in some cases, on‐farm. Conditions are expected to remain stable, gradually improving as consumption of seasonal crops increases and the early season and main maize harvests become available.
A major study has found that a hormonal contraceptive widely used in Africa appears to double a woman's chance of getting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
The study also suggests that when HIV-positive women used the injectable contraceptive, their male partners were twice as likely to become infected compared to male partners of women who had used no contraception.
The report was published this week in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Most of the women tested in the study used the contraceptive Depo-Provera.
Staple food prices rise seasonally as lean season peaks
Food security conditions remain favorable over most parts of Southern Africa with most staple foods being readily available on local markets and in some cases, on-farm.
HIGHLIGHTS / KEY PRIORITIES
- In Mozambique, 23,632 families have been affected by floods and around 20,000 ha of crops damaged;
- Heavy rains in Madagascar have killed 15 people and injured 7;
- In South Africa, 91 people have been killed and 321 injured due to storms and flooding;
- With more rainfall forecasted for much of southern Africa, it is expected that localized flooding will continue to occur across the region, especially in Mozambique and Madagascar.
FAO NEWS RELEASE (11/14 en)
FAO helps governments prepare as rising waters threaten food security
Rome, 7 February 2011 - Thousands of hectares of agricultural land and crops have been damaged by floods and heavy rains in parts of southern Africa, and more damage may occur in the coming weeks if above normal rains persist.
This is raising concern about the food security of the affected population in the poorer parts of the sub-region over the coming months.
With the rainy season still only half way through, and with the cyclone season due to peak in February, …
NAIROBI, 29 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - This has been an exciting year for the fight against HIV, with dramatic developments in biomedical HIV prevention and a record five million people receiving life-prolonging treatment. It has also been a year fraught with funding difficulties and the continued discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized groups.
Phase 2 of the Global Health Research Initiative's Capacity Building for HIV/AIDS Prevention Trials in Africa program (2009-2014) is designed to strengthen research capacity for African-led HIV/AIDS prevention trials in sub-Saharan Africa, a region which remains at the centre of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Following the launch of the new five year program in 2009, a call for proposals was developed and a merit review competition was held in early 2010.
Background: HIV testing with counseling is an integral component of most national HIV and AIDS prevention strategies in southern Africa.
- Food security conditions are currently satisfactory over most parts of Southern Africa due to adequate availability of staple foods from the May/June 2010 harvests. These conditions are expected to remain stable for most of the region until the start of the lean season in October/November. However, isolated pockets of food insecurity exist in areas where crop production was adversely affected by weather shocks and among populations rendered chronically vulnerable by the erosion of livelihoods and growing levels of poverty. One area of particular concern is southern Malawi.
The Director-General of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, today signed three grant agreements with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Educational Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Foundation for the Social Promotion of Culture (FPSC), to help finance various projects and programs.
The first grant in the amount of US$3,000,000 will finance an OFID/UNICEF Joint Project on Scaling Up Assistance to Children affected by HIV/AIDS in nine countries in Africa.