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29 Apr 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

Household food security expected to improve with prospects of improved harvests region wide

28 Apr 2017 description

Armyworm spread has undermined hopes for a better harvest this year, with swathes of southern, eastern and western Africa infested

By Umberto Bacchi

ROME, April 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The fall armyworm - which decimates fields as it marches ever forward - has spread to Angola as the caterpillar eats its way through southern Africa, a U.N. agency said.

28 Apr 2017 description

The start of the harvest improves acute food insecurity in the southern and central regions

Key Messages

  • The start of the main harvest in the south and some parts of the central region is contributing to Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food security outcomes across most of the country. However, some populations in Nsanje and Karonga district are facing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food security outcomes, in the absence of humanitarian assistance. These projected outcomes are expected through September 2017.

27 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Improved vegetation conditions across Southern Africa increase likelihood of aboveaverage harvests

• USAID partners provide assistance to cyclone- and drought-affected populations

• USAID/OFDA provides nearly $1.6 million to UNICEF to help address nutrition and WASH needs in southern Madagascar

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP scaled up the cash based transfer component significantly reaching 114,056 people, while 88,580 are receiving in-kind rations in March/April.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded. While the distribution of household rations resumed in November 2016, pipeline breaks are expected in June 2017.

Operational Updates

Drought and Food Security:

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • On 3 March 2017, Namibia celebrated Africa Day for School Feeding. The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in partnership with WFP and sponsors from the private sector commemorated the day at Hillside Primary School in Goreangab Dam, Windhoek. This day was celebrated to raise awareness of school feeding as an important food safety net for protection against hunger and investment in the education of children.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

Maize price trends were mixed in February in the region. Tanzania and the DRC saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price increase of their main staple. Zambia and especially Tanzania registered the highest increase in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis.

18 Apr 2017 description

This report is jointly produced by the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), Government of Malawi, the United Nations Office of the Resident Coordinator and humanitarian partners in Malawi.

Highlights

• In May 2016, the Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment Committee (MVAC) revealed that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population was at risk of food insecurity in 24 of the 28 districts. However, in October 2016, a field assessment to update the situation reported that the number had increased to 6.7 million people.

31 Mar 2017 description

Key points:

  • Food security has improved thanks to humanitarian assistance and the early harvest

  • Food prices have dropped due to reduced market demand as households start to consume their own produce

  • Households headed by women were more likely to resort to negative coping strategies than those headed by men

Situation Update

31 Mar 2017 description

Key Points

  • Households are increasingly resorting to negative coping strategies
  • A larger share of households have inadequate food consumption across the country
  • Food retail prices are generally stable, with sugar beans cheaper than in February
  • Traders continue to report that poor roads are limiting their businesses

Situation Update

31 Mar 2017 description

Key Points
- Bean and groundnut prices have fallen as households are consuming home grown legumes
- Dietary diversity is worst in Eastern province
- Dietary diversity is similar between households receiving food assistance and those who are not
- Maize prices have risen in Nakonde (Muchinga province), Mansa (Luapula province), Choma (Southern province) and Lundazi (Eastern province)

Methodology

29 Mar 2017 description
report IRIN

Sally Nyakanyanga

It was first detected in Africa barely a year ago, yet the fall armyworm, a type of caterpillar whose name derives from its tendency to maraud in vast numbers, has already infested hundreds of thousands of hectares of maize across more than a dozen countries on the continent, presenting a serious threat to food security.

29 Mar 2017 description

Food security outcomes to improve due to average national harvest prospects

Key Messages

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Despite the Minister of Agriculture’s maize export ban on commercial traders, exports of maize through WFP’s humanitarian window continues. As of 28 February, cumulative tonnage dispatches (13,000 mt contract) was 5,348 mt.

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast at near-average levels

  • Imports of maize increase in 2016/17 marketing year to compensate for reduced 2016 harvest

  • National average maize price declined at the start of 2017, but remained at high levels

  • Food security situation expected to improve in 2017 on account of expected average harvest following sharp deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound to average levels

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP assisted 153,000 drought affected people with emergency food rations (123,000 people) and Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) (30,000 people). WFP will scale up assistance to reach up to 233,000 people in March.

  • The Ministry of Agriculture has reported the presence of fall armyworm in the country, however the extent of impact is not yet known. A pre-harvest assessment is ongoing in March.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The current rainy season (November to April 2017) has brought steady rainfall and relieved some effects of El Niño, but has resulted in flooding, school closures and the relocation of 1,092 people, especially in the northern regions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) have warned of possible flooding in north-central Namibia. Regional institutions have been alerted and are putting contingency measures in place.

23 Mar 2017 description

Crisis Impact

Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya. Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).