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02 Nov 2017 description

In 2015/16, Lesotho was severely affected by a El Niño-induced drought, leaving more than 60% of the rural population at risk of food insecurity. Humanitarian partners were able to secure more than USD 40 million for the relief response. The DFID-funded Joint Programme addressed urgent humanitarian needs in five different sectors of the drought response and played an instrumental role during the peaks of the lean seasons.

01 Nov 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Why is it important?

This study looks at the gendered impact of the 2016 drought in southern Mozambique, specifically the ways in which it affected women and girls. The report is beneficial for those wishing to better inform their policy and programmes targeting women and girls in southern Mozambique, as well as other similar drought-affected areas.

Methodology

01 Nov 2017 description

Below-average household incomes to affect food access as prices increase

KEY MESSAGES

01 Nov 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

01 Nov 2017 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

01 Nov 2017 description

Maize grain and maize meal are the most important food commodities and indicators of food security in Zambia. All of the markets represented — with the exception of Kitwe — are in provincial centers and thus provide a geographic representation. Chipata and Choma are both areas of high maize production, while Mansa and Mongu are indicative of low production areas. Kabwe, Kitwe, and Lusaka are all urban areas where demand for these commodities is high. Solwezi is a new mining town with an increasing demand for food commodities.

01 Nov 2017 description

Maize grain and maize flour are the main foods consumed by all households in Zimbabwe. These food items are both produced locally and imported from neighboring countries particularly in the south western provinces of the country. The markets monitored are the main markets that offer both wholesale and retail supply in the respective regions of the country.

01 Nov 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

01 Nov 2017 description

Minimal acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue

KEY MESSAGES

01 Nov 2017 description

Overall favorable food security conditions to prevail across the country until the next harvest

KEY MESSAGES

31 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Nuusita Ashipala

Ongwediva-The prolonged drought at Uuvudhiya in Oshana Region could soon be over, as the area continues to have sufficient grazing land and water for livestock since the last rainy season.

Uuvudhiya has over the last couple of years become a popular grazing destination for farmers from Oshana and nearby regions.

However, due to the influx of livestock, the area ran short of grazing space and water, leaving thousands of livestock to die of hunger and thirst.

27 Oct 2017 description

This report outlines the results of a country case study undertaken during December 2016 in Zimbabwe. It is part of a global IFRC initiative on ‘Effective law and policy for addressing gender in disaster risk management and sexual and gender-based violence in disasters’.

27 Oct 2017 description

Generally favorable food security outcomes expected through May 2018

Key Messages

27 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

Les femmes ont un rôle moteur à jouer dans la résilience face au changement climatique

JOHANNESBURG, 20 septembre 2017

Par Everjoice Win, International director of programmes and global engagement at Action Aid International

L’année dernière, la planète a connu l’un des pires épisodes de sécheresse de ces dernières décennies et une crise alimentaire particulièrement grave qui ont eu de terribles répercussions. Fin 2015, la sécheresse touchait 30 pour cent des terres, chiffre parmi les plus élevés jamais enregistré.

25 Oct 2017 description

Overview

12 countries (Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe) had finalised their annual vulnerability assessments by the time that the SADC Dissemination Forum was held. Malawi and Tanzania still had to complete their vulnerability assessments.

25 Oct 2017 description

Situation

The normal to above normal 2016/17 rainfall season, coming after a devastating El Nino induced drought, coupled with support from both Government and Private sector through the Special Maize Programme as well as other supportive initiatives such as contract farming had a positive impact on the agriculture sector.

25 Oct 2017 description

Situation

Zambia is food secure, with concurrent seven-year production surpluses. With a record 3,606,549 MT harvest along with an additional carry over stock,the total available maize for the 2017/2018 marketing season stands at 4,175,866 MT.