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18 Sep 2017 description

This case study explores the partnership between CARE International and World Vision with two mobile network operators to deliver the first humanitarian cash transfer programme to be carried out on a large scale in Zimbabwe.

The study investigates:

18 Sep 2017 description

Three United Nations (UN) agencies in Malawi – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and World Food Programme (WFP) – teamed up to expose smallholder farmers to potential markets and link them with other agriculture market value-chain players at the 14th National Agriculture Fair held in August in Blantyre.

16 Sep 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia are collaborating to improve the productivity of staple food crops, such as maize, rice, and legumes.

  • Local farmers are testing new conservation farming technologies, with information on them is shared across the three countries.

  • Patricia Dzimbiri is a farmer in Malawi who has successfully piloted the sustainable farming methods and shared what she has learned with more than 80 other farmers.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • The 2017 ZimVAC Rural Livelihoods Assessment estimates that 1.1 million people will be food insecure by the first quarter of 2018. All indicators of nutrition and food security have improved in the midst of a 321 percent increase in food crop production compared to last year, although some districts will have high food insecurity projections estimated at 27 percent.

  • In July, WFP supported 89,585 people in 11 districts under the Productive Asset Creation Programme.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • In July, WFP assisted in total 7,800 beneficiaries through the Food by Prescription programme.
    Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) will resume in August 2017.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, with a pipeline break expected in September 2017.

  • In May, the El Niño-induced drought emergency response was completed. WFP assisted over 230,000 beneficiaries with emergency assistance, of which 142,000 received Cash Based Transfers (CBT).

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • Namibia UN Country Team celebrated Nelson Mandela Day. As of the activities, WFP Namibia visited Otjomuise Primary School in the informal settlement of Windhoek and handed over food items to children in pre-primary.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • A delegation from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) sites in Mangochi and Zomba districts to observe a comprehensive training session on Integrated Watershed Management approaches.

15 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

  • USAID/PEPFAR funded distributions continued in the districts of Leribe, Berea, Maseru, Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek covering a total of 36,500 people in July.

  • The Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (PRRO) currently faces a significant funding shortfall with recovery activities planned to continue until December 2017.

  • Change in government and the appointment of new Principal Secretaries is likely to impact the implementation of WFP activities.

Operational Updates

13 Sep 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the recent five-year average and categorized as Higher (p), Similar (u), or Lower (q). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

13 Sep 2017 description

MAPUTO –The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Mozambique.  The plan is designed to ensure that people have more reliable and nutritious food to eat, and to make them more resilient to the climate shocks to which Mozambique is increasingly prone.

12 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Luisa Natali
Social and Economic Policy Unit, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Unconditional cash transfers are on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa, with recent estimates indicating a doubling of programmes between 2010 and 2014.1 This brief provides an overview of the comprehensive impacts across eight domains of two unconditional cash transfer programmes implemented by the Zambian Government: The Child Grant Programme (CGP) and the Multiple Category Targeting Programme (MCP).

12 Sep 2017 description

With worsening droughts drying fields and hydropower, solar energy is providing a way forward in rural areas.

By Tonderayi Mukeredzi

MASHABA, Zimbabwe, Sept 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Until recently, farmers in this town in southern Zimbabwe struggled to water their crops, frustrated by poor rainfall and the regular breakdown of the diesel engines that powered their irrigation systems.

11 Sep 2017 description

The AU’s initiative to help affected countries looks promising, but needs global backing.

11 SEP 2017 / BY LIESL LOUW-VAUDRAN

The African Union (AU) has developed an insurance mechanism to help member countries in the case of extreme weather conditions and natural disasters caused by climate change. As with many AU initiatives, the African Risk Capacity (ARC) is still poorly supported by member states, but this could change with added backing from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and others.

08 Sep 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Most areas across the country are experiencing Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes, with the exception of some areas in the south. Current outcomes in parts of the south are Stressed (IPC Phase 2) due to reduced maize and cotton production, as well as slow recovery of livelihoods from the 2016 El Niño induced drought.

05 Sep 2017 description

Activities implemented:

  • Supported two MoAIWD staff to attend a regional course on community-based migratory pest monitoring, who subsequently provided training to 168 Ministry staff at all levels on topics such as identification, biology and migratory behaviour.

  • Formed 200 community-based armyworm forecasting groups and 14 red locust community monitoring groups with about 1 000 members, who received training to broaden and intensify their capacity for migratory pest detection, surveillance, monitoring and preparedness.

05 Sep 2017 description

Activities implemented:

  • 404 DRR decision-makers from 11 countries were exposed to the benefits of CA through regional and country-level meetings and field days.

  • Produced awareness-raising materials on CA, including two videos, a technical brief.

05 Sep 2017 description

MASERU – The Japanese government has contributed US$1.1 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) food assistance to some 61,000 food insecure children in Lesotho.

A ceremony in Maseru yesterday marked the contribution from Japan, which will be used to provide a highly nutritious porridge for some 11,000 children under the age of two in Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Mohale’s Hoek. The contribution will also provide a hot and nutritious daily meal for an additional 50,000 children attending early childhood care and development centres across Lesotho.

05 Sep 2017 description

BEIJING – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a US$21 million contribution from the Government of the People’s Republic of China to provide urgent food and nutrition assistance to people affected by food crises across eight countries in Africa and Asia.