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15 Jun 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationKatelyn Faulkner, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Pretoria
Brett Hurley, Senior Lecturer Zoology and Entomology, University of Pretoria
Mark Robertson, Associate Professor Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria

This article is the first in a series The Conversation Africa is running on invasive species.

14 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 expected to nearly double compared to drought-reduced 2016 output

  • High yields reflect beneficial weather and good access to agricultural inputs

  • Cereal prices fall, while import requirements in 2017/18 forecast to contract on account of production rebound

  • Food security conditions anticipated to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production in 2017 forecast to rebound strongly

14 Jun 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production foreseen to recover in 2017 on account of improved weather conditions

  • Import forecast cuts in 2017/18 marketing year, reflecting expectations of larger maize output

  • Declining prices of maize on account of lower import prices and good production prospects

  • Food security conditions expected to improve in 2017/18

Cereal production forecast to recover in 2017

12 Jun 2017 description

Highlights

  • In April, WFP conducted the last food distribution of the Emergency Operation (EMOP). A Budget Revision was approved to extend cash based transfer (CBT) activities through May.

  • In April, WFP assisted 213,238 people with emergency assistance, of which 71,090 received food and 142,148 received CBT. In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, and pipeline breaks are expected in July 2017.

Operational Updates

10 Jun 2017 description

Above-average harvests likely to lead to largely Minimal food insecurity outcomes

Key Messages

09 Jun 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne des pertes importantes dues à la perturbation des activités agricoles, à la hausse des prix et au déplacement des moyens d’existence

09 Jun 2017 description

Food insecurity strains deepen amid civil conflict and drought

FAO report notes heavy toll of disrupted farming, higher prices and displaced livelihoods

8 June 2017, Rome-- Large agricultural harvests in some regions of the world are buoying global food supply conditions, but protracted fighting and unrest are increasing the ranks of the displaced and hungry elsewhere, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

08 Jun 2017 description

CONTEXTE

La chenille légionnaire d’automne (Spodoptera frugiperda) est un insecte ravageur qui attaque plus de 80 espèces de plantes, causant des dégâts à des céréales d’importance économique telles que le maïs, le riz et le sorgho, mais aussi aux cultures maraîchères et au coton.

02 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Harvests begin across Southern Africa, improving food security for vulnerable households

• Projections for June to September indicate Minimal levels of food insecurity across the region

• USAID/FFP provides nearly $270,000 in new funding to UNICEF to continue nutrition

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

02 Jun 2017 description
report CGIAR

JUNE 2, 2017 FROM CGIAR News from CGIAR System Organization

The recent appearance of the fall armyworm, an insect-pest, which causes damage to more than 80 crop species in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, poses a serious challenge and significant risk to the region’s food security.

01 Jun 2017 description

Region

The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

Angola

30 May 2017 description

Preliminary assessments, conducted between mid-February and end of April 2017, have shown that approximately 356 000 hectares of crops were affected by the fall armyworm infestation in seven reporting Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Member States (Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia).

27 May 2017 description

Significant improvements in food security expected across the region

Key Messages

27 May 2017 description
report CARE

Imagine living in a world where it’s too expensive to eat. I don’t mean a night out at a restaurant or missing the occasional pastry. I mean when it’s too expensive to keep good nutritious food on the table. That’s what’s happening in the part of Africa where I live.

A nutritious balanced diet is out of reach for many, and a lot of people eat only once or twice a day.

For much of the last year, more than 20 million people here were dependent on food assistance; they make up half of the 40 million Africans affected by the worst drought in 35 years.

14 May 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Production of maize expected to exceed 3 million tonnes in 2017

  • Cereal supply situation forecast to improve in 2017/18, with increased potential for exports

  • Following stressed situation in previous year, food security conditions anticipated to ameliorate in 2017/18 reflecting expected increase in agricultural production

Production of maize in 2017 expected at above-average level

08 May 2017 description

Key points:

  • New supplies are lowering maize prices

  • Negative coping levels have been stable for four consecutive months

  • Purchasing power remains stable amid lower prices and a fall in manual labour wages

  • New admissions of malnourished children, adolescents and adults continue to rise

Situation Update

06 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Namibia has received rain associated with La Niña following four years of drought. However, the heavy rains have caused flooding which has affected 155,924 people, displacing 3,331. The Government of Namibia has responded with shelter and services for the displaced. The caseload of displaced people is expected to increase as river levels continue to rise.

04 May 2017 description

Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massive awareness campaign, scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration, indicated scientists attending the Stakeholders Consultation Meeting on the Fall Armyworm in Nairobi this week.

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary