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04 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The chronic drought crisis continues to affect an estimated 1.13 million people in the south of Angola, including 605,982 children.

  • UNICEF has rehabilitated 68 water points in drought affected areas (Namibe and Huila), which provides safe water to 34,000 people, including 15,700 children. In total 175 water points will be rehabilitated by the first quarter of 2018 in an aim to reach 80,000 people with safe water.

04 Oct 2017 description
report New Era

Matheus Hamutenya

Keetmanshoop-Selling off some of their livestock is the best possible solution for farmers in the drought stricken Warmbad area, which reportedly received between 3 and 10 millimetres of rain last season.

04 Oct 2017 description
report People in Need

(Kulto, 14th September 2017) - Today, Angola is still suffering the aftermath of a civil war lasting more than three decades and the heritage of colonialism. People in Need (PiN) decided more than 10 years ago to bring help to the inhabitants of this country. A permanent mission was set up in the province of Bié which was one of the regions most ravaged by war and poverty. In the first years PiN field workers concentrated on the renewal or improvement of the quality of elementary education and the development of agriculture and markets in the rural areas.

03 Oct 2017 description

Update on global programmes

A. Introduction

03 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank Approves $10 Million For Smallholder Agriculture Development

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2017 – Today, the World Bank approved a $10 million additional financing from the International Development Association (IDA)* to Lesotho’s ongoing Smallholder Agriculture Development Project (SADP). The added funds are aimed at increasing market output among smallholders in Lesotho’s agriculture sector.

03 Oct 2017 description

Maseru, 28 September 2017— Lesotho will continue to experience devastating droughts and food crises unless there is a dramatic increase in investment in community-level resilience and preparedness.

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

Key Messages

02 Oct 2017 description

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

Key Messages

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

Key Messages

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.