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12 Feb 2018 description

Objective:
To support drought-affected smallholder farmers with access to subsidised stockfeed and seeds and related training.

Key partners:
Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development’s extension services, AGRITEX and NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:
4 343 drought-affected smallholder farmers.

Activities implemented:
- Identified and sensitized project beneficiaries.

09 Feb 2018 description

JOHANNESBURG – The twin scourges of another prolonged dry spell and an invasive crop-eating worm are set to sharply curtail harvests across southern Africa, driving millions of people – most of them children – into severe hunger, warns the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).

09 Feb 2018 description

09 February 2018, Harare – The UK Department of International Development (DFID) announced today a £21.5 million grant to the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF), which seeks to contribute to increased capacities of vulnerable rural communities to withstand shocks and stresses, ultimately leading to a reduced need for humanitarian responses and an improvement in their well-being.

08 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • 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.

06 Feb 2018 description
report New Era

Windhoek-Southern Africa is still battling to recover from the 2015/16/ El Niño-induced drought, which by last year had affected about 41 million people across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

02 Feb 2018 description

Hyderabad [18 January 2018]: Malnourished children under two in rural Malawi whose mothers were trained in diet diversity, hygiene and food safety have shown significant improvements of their nutrition and health in just three weeks. The study published in the Journal of Public Health Nutrition, Cambridge University Press (https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980017003652), on January 17, 2018, demonstrates the rapid impact a properly designed nutrition education intervention can have.

01 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF/MoH mobile brigade teams screened 503,697 children for acute malnutrition and treated 8,742 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM);

  • UNICEF reached 56,700 people with access to safe water through construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of boreholes and 58,080 people with sanitation hygiene promotion activities;

01 Feb 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Overall humanitarian needs decrease as Southern Africa recovers from 2015/2016 El Niño-related drought conditions

• Tropical Cyclone Ava results in more than 50 deaths in Madagascar

• Recent analyses project mixed food security outcomes across Southern Africa through mid-2018

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • In November 2017, WFP assisted 7,500 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) resumed in August 2017, reaching 55,500 beneficiaries by the end of November.

01 Feb 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Between October and November 2017, a series of market assessments were conducted across Southern Africa by FEWS NET, in collaboration with key national and international partners. The findings from the assessment in Madagascar are key inputs to this report, which provides an update to the May 2017 Supply and Market Outlook report.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • Following the Government’s request for support for the 2017/2018 lean season response, WFP and its partners are planning to support approximately 1 million people in IPC phase 3 with relief assistance in 20 districts through cashtransfers along with complementary recovery activities.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • Certain urban areas of Madagascar (districts of Antananarivo, Tamatave etc.) are experiencing the outbreak of a plague epidemic since August.

  • WFP will implement resilience strengthening activities in the 16 targeted communes, where the food security situation has improved. These activities will be complemented by nutritional support and school feeding programmes, for higher impact.

01 Feb 2018 description

Highlights

  • USAID/PEPFAR food support for 36,500 people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek continued in September.

  • Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme supported by Japan assisted 11,166 children aged 06-23 months in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek with super cereal plus.

  • WFP participated in the United Nations Country Team retreat aimed to discuss how to prioritize SDGs in Lesotho context.

31 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In the six northern regions affected by floods in 2017, UNICEFsupported Community Health Workers (CHWs) have reached 4,800 children under five with nutrition screening, of which 1,138 children were treated for severe or moderate acute malnutrition. Improved reporting has identified 148 deaths related to malnutrition, and UNICEF has supported the development of the Emergency Nutrition Action Plan which was been submitted for Government funding in December 2017.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF and partners screened 240,674 children for acute malnutrition and provided lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) to 10,020 children aged 0-59 months in 2017.

30 Jan 2018 description
report New Era

Windhoek - The Dordabis Farmers’ Association and Namibian Agricultural Union’s (NAU) project to assist farmers in the south of the country during the drought instituted last year, is likely to be extended this year in view of the weak rain prospects.

The effort is aimed at helping farmers feed their core herds to enable them to continue farming; especially communal and resettlement farmers in drought-stricken areas. Drought-stricken farmers in the Warmbad and Bethanie areas have hailed the initiative.

29 Jan 2018 description

Main season rice was damaged by Cyclone AVA in the Southern Highlands and Southeastern Madagascar

Key Messages

25 Jan 2018 description

As dry conditions prevail, severe crop stress continues across the bulk of the country

Key Messages

25 Jan 2018 description

Below normal cumulative rainfall is expected to impact 2017/18 crop yields

Key Messages

Since the start of the 2017/18 season rainfall performance has been performing poorly. To date, cumulative rainfall across most of the country is estimated to be 10-50 percent below normal. These moisture deficits are likely to have negative impacts on crop development and crop yields for the 2018 harvest.