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12 Dec 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

• The Northern Region received normal to above while the Centre and South receive below normal rainfall.

• The Centre and South experienced prolonged dry spells averaging 2-4 weeks while the North experienced minimal dry spells in isolated places.

• Fall army worms infestations were reported in all districts but unlike last year control measures were spontaneous this season thus minimising impact.

• Maize production has dropped from 3.5million MT to 2.7 million MT representing 28%.

12 Dec 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

A sharp increase in maize grain prices as the lean season progresses.

Maize prices

Prices of maize grain increased sharply on the local markets in the fourth week of November, signalling supply constraints induced by the below-average production due to fall armyworm and prolonged dry spells in the 2017/18 season

The weekly average price of MK 144 per kilogram is 55 percent higher than a year earlier and 7 percent higher than the five-year average.

12 Dec 2018 description

Executive Summary

The third round of crop estimates assessment for the 2017/2018 season conducted by Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development indicated a maize production of 2,697,959 metric tons, 28.4% drop from 3,464,139 metric tons of 2016/2017 growing season.

05 Dec 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) has warned that there is an increased probability of drought induced El Niño weather conditions expected in the Southern part of Africa; including Zimbabwe during the upcoming 2018/2019 agricultural season. Based on the El Niño forecast (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and looking at similar trends in previous years, below-average rainfall and a late start of erratic rains will lead to crop failure.

22 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

237mt of food assistance distributed

US$2.25 m six months (Aug 2018-Jan 2019) net funding requirements, representing 63% of total requirements

54,278 people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

HIV and Nutrition:

21 Nov 2018 description

As predictions for El Niño reach 83 percent, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has begun preparing for its potential impact on the upcoming planting season across Southern Africa with a recent workshop in Johannesburg.

21 Nov 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Climate Prediction Centre is predicting El Niño climatic conditions during the main 2018-19 growing season with 70-75% probability while IRI has increased the probability to more than 85%. Furthermore, the forecasts suggest a likelihood of a weak to moderate El Niño event. Historically El Niño climatic conditions have resulted in reduced rainfall across the southern part of Southern Africa.

20 Nov 2018 description

High risk countries and potential impacts on food security and agriculture

In view of the potential impact of the 2018/19 El Niño on food security and agriculture, high risk countries in Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America should be prioritized for further monitoring, analysis and early action.

25 Oct 2018 description

Objective

Increase resilience and ensure sustainable structures and measures are in place to promote climate-smart agriculture for increased production and productivity in the context of drought and reduced and erratic rainfall.

Key partners

Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Crop and Livestock Production Department (CLPD).

Beneficiaries reached

4 675 farmers and 42 ward-based CLPD extension workers.

Activities implemented

25 Oct 2018 description

Objective

To contribute to improved food security and nutrition for vulnerable households affected by the 2015/16 El Niño-induced drought, while protecting and gradually restoring agriculture-based livelihoods.

Key partners

Ministry of Agriculture (Eswatini), World Food Programme (Eswatini), Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (Malawi), District Water and Sanitation Sub-Committees (Zimbabwe).

Beneficiaries reached

23 Oct 2018 description
report The Guardian

Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continent

Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.

18 Oct 2018 description

Key Results

According to the IPC Analysis, as for June-September 2018, Lubombo region is classified in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) with 122 657 people or 25% of the population in Crisis conditions. Hhohho and Manzini regions are classified at Minimal level of food insecurity (IPC Phase 1), and Shiselweni region is classified at Stressed level (IPC Phase 2).

18 Oct 2018 description
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Key Results

The latest IPC acute food insecurity situation analysis (June 2018 with projections up to September 2018) covered 36 districts of 7 Provinces. According to the results, 531,476 people in 19 districts were classified to be in "Crisis" (IPC phase 3) and in need of urgent interventions to protect their livelihoods, reduce food shortages and increase their resilience to extreme events.

16 Oct 2018 description

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October 15, 2018

10 Oct 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

This article is part of a series of opinion pieces to mark World Food Day October 16.

Kalongo Chitengi, is Zambia Country Director of Self Help Africa, a Farming First supporter.

LUSAKA, Zambia, Oct 10 2018 (IPS) - Rosemary Chate’s seven children gather around the table inside their home in Malela, a village in Zambia’s remote Northern Province. They dig their spoons into bowls of food prepared by their mother – for the second time that day.

09 Oct 2018 description

In Numbers

1.26 million people and 5 regions affected by rain shortfalls and failed harvests

Highlights

  • The food security and nutritional situation is alarming due to failed harvests and rain shortfalls

  • Around 400,438 people are in IPC emergency phase and 860,883 people are in crisis phase, in the southern and south-eastern regions

  • WFP plans on reaching 849,000 people from this population

Situation Update

01 Oct 2018 description

Oct 2018

Fall Armyworm (FAW) arrived in Namibia during the 2016/2017 cropping season, following several years of difficulties for the agricultural sector caused by recurrent droughts. However, during the 2016/2017 season, weather conditions were generally favourable throughout most of the country – excluding the western and the southern regions.

29 Sep 2018 description

Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes likely to prevail in southern and central regions through the lean season

Key Messages

29 Sep 2018 description

Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes projected in central and southern Malawi

Key Messages