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02 Oct 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.

02 Oct 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.

02 Oct 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).

02 Oct 2017 description

Maize, maize meal and rice are the most important food commodities for poor. Maize is the staple food for the poor, with maize meal most often used as a substitute. Rice is also used as alternate staple as it compete with maize meal and is important for all wealth groups particularly for the middle and better off. Each of the markets represented here act as indicators for the broader region.

02 Oct 2017 description

Maize, rice, and cassava are the most important food commodities. Markets selected represent the entire geographic length of the country: two markets in each of the north, center, and south. In the north, Karonga is one of the most active markets in maize and rice and is influenced by informal cross-border trade with Tanzania.
Mzimba is a major maize producing area in the northern region. Salima, in the center along the lake, is an important market where some of the fishing populations are almost entirely dependent on the market for staple cereals.

02 Oct 2017 description

Early dependence on market purchases observed in Southern Madagascar

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02 Oct 2017 description

Stable acute food insecurity outcomes expected to continue across most of Lesotho

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30 Sep 2017 description

Our recent study, conducted to evaluate the performance of PABRA over the last two decades, shows remarkable achievements in terms of productivity and the number of people using improved bean varieties.

Varietal output, proportion of households using the improved bean varieties and the number of improved bean varieties being used by farmers were analyzed.

29 Sep 2017 description

Favorable food security conditions prevail across most of the country

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29 Sep 2017 description

by Charles Mkoka | @chamkoka | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Malawi's government is under pressure to protect rights of farmers to choose local seed as the country revises its farm policies

By Charles Mkoka

LILONGWE, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi's government has given in to mounting pressure to recognise the importance of locally grown and saved crop seeds, as well as commercially produced varieties, as it revises the country's farm policies.

29 Sep 2017 description

Executive Summary

DEVELOPMENT PROCESS AND BACKGROUND CONTEXT

In just the last 36 years, Malawi has experienced eight major droughts, affecting more than 24 million people1. The impact, frequency, and spread of drought in Malawi have intensified in the past four decades and are likely to worsen with climate change, compounded by other factors, such as population growth and environmental degradation.

28 Sep 2017 description

CERF enables fast, flexible and needs-based support for people affected by humanitarian emergencies. The UN General Assembly established the fund in 2005 to provide timely assistance in crises. Since its operational launch in 2006, CERF has developed a reputation for its ability to kick-start humanitarian action, scale up the response to emergencies and serve as a lifeline for people struggling to survive in the world’s most underfunded crises.

28 Sep 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production recovers strongly in 2017 to above-average level, mostly reflecting improved weather conditions

  • Maize meal prices decline to lower year-on-year levels, mainly reflecting reduced import costs and improved supply situation

  • Food security conditions improve in 2017/18

Cereal production recovers in 2017

28 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Ahmed Khan

It is mid-morning in Katana Village, Ward 2, Mudzi District, Mashonaland East Province in Zimbabwe. There is a slight breeze on this otherwise warm winter day. Nyaradzai Masimba aged 21, a mother of two children Pretty Bhurashu a girl aged 1yr 9 months and Brendon Bhurashu a boy aged 4 months old prepares traditional food for her family. This household is fortunate on this day. The children are healthy; the baby is feeding well; and the young mother has a smile on her face.

27 Sep 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Charles Mkoka

LILONGWE, Sep 27 2017 (IPS) - Lydia Katengeza, a community vaccinator with the Nathenje Community Vaccination Association (NCVA), wakes up as early as 5 a.m., ready with her I-2 vaccine vial in a storage container in her hand. She moves from one house to another, visiting each poultry farmer. All of them are alerted a day in advance so that they don’t release their free-range chickens in the morning.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Integrated food security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis shows that 837,000 people are in IPC phase 3 or 4 and will not be able to meet their food requirements from December 2017 to March 2018. The Humanitarian Response Committee is yet to be convened to map out the response

  • WFP continues to work with Government on the finalisation of the Malawi National Social Support Policy framework. The Framework’s designs have a strong focus on resilience and effective social protection systems.

27 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP is shifting the focus of its operations towards resilience strengthening. 14 priority communes have been identified for Food Assistance for Assets resilience strengthening activities.

  • Early recovery activities implemented in the targeted ENAWO cyclone affected areas aiming to support communities for restoring damaged infrastructure ended in August.

27 Sep 2017 description

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  • 36,500 people in Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek received food support from USAID/PEPFAR under the categories of Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, people receiving antiretroviral therapy or treatment for tuberculosis and orphans and vulnerable children.

  • 11,166 children aged 6-23 months in Mokhotlong,
    Thaba-Tseka, and Mohale’s Hoek received super cereal plus under the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme.