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Cereal production during the upcoming harvest season in Southern Africa is expected to be below average, despite the heavy late rains, which benefitted the late planted crops. This is due to a late start of the rainy season, minimal to no rains during the critical planting season (December -January), high temperatures and the prevalence of Fall Armyworm (FAW).
Erratic rainfall, high temperatures and persistent Fall Armyworm infestation lower cereal crop production prospects for 2018 in southern Africa.
In the absence of consistent rains for the remainder of the season, dry conditions experienced in December to January will further diminish water supplies for domestic, agricultural and commercial use.
These conditions are likely to have far reaching consequences on access to adequate food and nutrition and ability of farmers to produce in the 2018/19 consumption year.
Innovative WASH UP! program will support socio-emotional well-being through lessons on proper water use, sanitation and hygiene habits for Syrian refugee children in Jordan, Lebanon, and the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
Good performance of the current growing season (Oct 2016 – April 2017) is critical for Southern Africa, after suffering from two consecutive droughts induced by a long lasting El Niño event which led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity.
The El Niño induced drought resulted in 15 percent drop in regional cereal production from 29 million tonnes in 2015 to 26 million tonnes in 2016 which is about 11 percent decrease compared to the five-year average1 . Southern parts of Malawi, Mozambique and Madagascar as well as most of Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia have been significantly affected by this drought.
Approximately 40.8 million people (22.5% of rural population) will be food insecure in Southern Africa up to March 2017.
In the wake of El Niño
We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.
· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today
· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region
An extensive regional scale crop failure is expected in Southern Africa following an extremely dry cropping season. Consequently, the current regional cereal deficit of 7.9 million tonnes will increase steeply and unprecedented food price movements will continue through to the next harvest season. This will aggravate the food and nutrition security, health and HIV situation in the region.
WV Zambia has donated medical equipment and supplies worth US 55,294.1 to government towards Gender Based Violence Survivor Support (GBVSS).
Speaking when handing- over the supplies to the Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health Emerine Kabanshi, National Director Mark Kelly said World Vision emphasizes on appropriate care for survivors of GBV.
A. REGIONAL UPDATE
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.
By James Addis
A new research paper released by the World Bank shows a substantial decline in infant mortality in Kenya and more than a dozen other countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
The paper, “What has Driven the Decline of Infant Mortality in Kenya?” written by Gabriel Demombynes and Sofia Karina Trommlerová, says that Kenya has led the way in reducing infant mortality and notes that a major factor in its success is the increased ownership of insecticide-treated bed nets that protect children from malaria.
- Correct use most likely when nets delivered
to households via local networks, World Vision says
- Community-wide coverage, using right kind of nets, also critical to combating malaria
- Large distribution starts in Zambia this week; project to provide 3 mln nets in four African countries
Johannesburg, October 12, 2009
- Amid promising international steps in fighting malaria, aid group World Vision is urging the humanitarian community today to pay close attention to the way protective bed nets are being distributed in vulnerable countries, to maximize their impact …
- World Vision and Against Malaria Foundation
partner to combat malaria
- Goal of 3 million bed nets to be provided in four African countries
- Will provide long-lasting insecticidal nets for entire community in project areas
Washington, D.C., September 8, 2009-A new partnership between international aid agency World Vision and the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) has formed as part of an effort to better protect children in Zambia, Kenya, Mozambique and Mali from malaria, one of the leading causes of death for African children.
Known as Operation Safety Net, the …
- PermaNet 3.0 uses new technology to improve
insecticide efficacy and durability
- World Vision will participate in three-year study in Zambia to verify net effectiveness
Washington, D.C., August 5, 2009-World Vision will distribute Vestergaard Frandsen's next-generation anti-malaria bed nets in Zambia beginning next month to better protect households in malaria-endemic communities where the mosquito-borne disease is a top killer of children.
The new PermaNet 3.0 mosquito nets are expected to be more effective than previous models in two ways: they contain an ingredient …
World Vision is continuing to respond to the immediate needs of displaced households, providing food-aid and water/sanitation interventions in floods-affected areas.
More than 20,000 households are displaced in Mozambique and some 100,000 hectares of farming land is now submerged, further threatening the food security of households.
Pivotal to World Vision's ongoing flood related interventions has been the town of Mutarara, in Tete province, where prior to the current inundations, the office had already been assisting close to 60,000 people displaced by last year's …
By World Vision staff
Widespread flooding is affecting a number of southern Africa countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
The number of households affected by the floods has risen, with widespread destruction of homes and livestock, displacement of families and outbreaks of disease.
World Vision relief teams are on the ground and assessments are taking place.
Flooding across southern Africa continues to pose serious health threats to many communities, with a rising incidence of waterborne illnesses.
According to a World Vision Zimbabwe assessment team, more cases of acute respiratory infections, bilharzia, diarrhea, skin conditions, malaria and dysentery are being recorded. There are fears that cholera could also present. Children and the elderly are most vulnerable to the illnesses.