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19 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Koko, Macomia District, Cabo Delgado, March 13 2018 - Following the most severe drought in 30 years caused by the 2016/2017 El Niño phenomenon - which in Mozambique affected approximately 2.3 million people - in 2017 the DFID Fund for the Lean Season Nutrition Response and Resilience Building in Mozambique, in partnership with WPF and UNICEF, decided to support the Government in addressing the immediate needs of the affected population in four provinces (Cabo Delgado,Manica, Tete and Zambezia).

29 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• A total of 751 suspected cases of cholera were reported in Uige including 13 deaths up to 10 March 2018. A total of 447 children under 14 were affected of which 264 were girls and 183 boys. Additionally, 18 suspected cases of cholera and 1 death were reported in Cabinda province.

27 Mar 2018 description

Message from the Country Representative

2017 was unprecedented for WFP as we wrapped up the largest emergency response in Malawi’s history. At the same time, we reaffirmed our commitment to work with the Government and partners to eliminate hunger and malnutrition in our lifetimes .

With conviction and dedication, we are pursuing the difficult but necessary work of helping families build their capacity to resist future shocks. We are designing our action differently and converting humanitarian assistance into development opportunities .

21 Mar 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) is a strategic partnership between Oxfam America (OA) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). R4 was initiated in 2011 to respond to the challenges faced by food insecure communities enduring increasingly frequent and intense climate disasters and other shocks.

16 Mar 2018 description

By Osman Mohamed Osman, IFRC

Thomas Kafas Shumba smiles as he inspects his only surviving portion of maize crop plantations, adjacent to his mud-walled house—in Wanasi village, Zimbabwe.

Clad in a printed grey shirt and a pair of black trousers, the father of five moves around his tiny farm, showing a team from Zimbabwe Red Cross how conservation farming, a new technique, saved some of his crops, despite poor rains a month ago.

13 Mar 2018 description

Over one-third of country’s children suffer from chronic malnutrition

“I am no longer embarrassed with my child’s frail body. She has gained weight and is able to play and eat just like any other child.”

March 2018 — Bertha January, a single mother, often struggled to provide her 13-month-old daughter, Zipora, with enough nutritious food to keep her healthy. Over time, Zipora became extremely underweight and lethargic, almost reaching a point where she was not strong enough to eat.

12 Mar 2018 description

FAO promotes the use and scale up of Cash+ as a tool for emergency response, strengthening resilience and reducing rural poverty. The Cash+ model supports the enhancement of vibrant and diversified livelihoods, providing an important safety net against shocks and stresses for poor and vulnerable rural households. As such, the model has great transformative potential.

01 Mar 2018 description

Extended dryness and high temperatures are likely to reduce 2018 harvests

KEY MESSAGES

28 Feb 2018 description

US$137 million, 7-year project supported through UNDP in partnership with FAO and WFP works toward global goals for food security and poverty reduction

Zambia, 28 February 2018 - The UN in Zambia (specifically the United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Food Programme) have joined forces together with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to assist the Government of Zambia in tackling serious climate change induced risks facing smallholder farmers.

28 Feb 2018 description
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Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

In recent years, the use of cash transfer programming (CTP)1 in humanitarian assistance has grown significantly.

27 Feb 2018 description

Dry weather conditions and high temperatures likely to reduce harvests in Southern Africa

FAO warns that food insecurity is set to rise again

26 February 2018, Rome - Poor rains and hot temperatures triggered water stress and adversely affected crop development in several areas of Southern Africa, FAO said today.

While cereal stocks in the region are ample, the spell of dry weather and erratic rains earlier in the season signals multiple risks to agricultural yields and may aggravate the impact of the Fall Armyworm pest.

23 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • In January 2018, WFP assisted almost 7,000 people through the Food by Prescription programme. Due to funding shortfalls, there are pipeline breaks for some commodities.

  • Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) reached 55,500 beneficiaries in January 2017, which is more than planned as additional children were found to be attending an increased number of NCPs

Operational Updates

HIV and Nutrition:

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP, in collaboration with its partners, is scaling up its Lean Season Assistance programme to reach 31 districts, assisting 482,000 people across the country.

  • WFP is scaling up cash-based transfers during the 2017/18 LSA period, encompassing mobile money transfers, commodity vouchers and, to a lesser extent, cash-in-transit.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • 12,200 smallholder farmers registered and verified for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and weather index insurance.

  • WFP conducted an aggregator selection exercise in five districts. This exercise was aimed at assessing aggregators’ potential to offer and extend their marketing services to small holder farmers and help to improve their livelihoods, incomes and establish a predictable and stable market.

22 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 700,000 families could be affected by dry spells and 1.2 million by fall army worm infestation

  • USD 1.8 million are urgently needed to sustain the food support provided to 32,175 refugees

  • 420,000 people supported by WFP with cash-based transfers for the lean season response

  • 132,000 households are currently enrolled in WFP Malawi’s resilience programme

In Focus: rising concerns on the 2018 harvest

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP is implementing resilience strengthening activities in 16 targeted communes of the South and South East, where the food security situation has improved.
    Nutritional support and school feeding programmes are also implemented in those communes, for higher impact.

  • Given that the 2017/2018 cyclone season is reported to be highly active, WFP is enhancing its emergency preparedness measures. WFP has provided emergency food assistance to 11,790 households displaced following cyclone AVA.

22 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • January 2018 marked the commencement of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).

  • During January, WFP delivered food commodities for the first quarter of the year to 913 primary schools.

  • Verification of children for the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka took place in January.

  • Resilience building activities in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing continued; 1,613 people participated and will receive a cash incentive at the beginning of February.

20 Feb 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Regional maize supplies remain high and sufficient to satisfy needs for the remainder of the 2017/18 marketing year (Figure 1 and Annex 1). Estimated maize surpluses are significantly above average in South Africa (Figure 2). In Zimbabwe, a chronically grain deficit country, the 2017/18 marketing year deficit is substantially lower than average.