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19 Sep 2017 description

Thirty years ago, families in Mozambique’s village of Nhantumbi could rely on regular rainfall to cultivate their crops and feed their families. Since then, unpredictable rains, deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices have caused a steep decline in productivity in Nhantumbi and neighboring villages.

The 2015/2016 El Niño exacerbated the situation, bringing the worst drought the area had seen in three decades. Facing total crop failure, households were forced to look elsewhere for food. Many migrated closer to the Zambian border to find work.

19 Sep 2017 description

Rome / New York, 19 September 2017 – African farmers from a remote village in northern Zambia have teamed up with the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to send a giant message to world leaders gathering in New York this week – invest more in agriculture if you want to end poverty and hunger by 2030.

19 Sep 2017 description
report IRIN

Women’s leadership can strengthen resilience to climate change

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

Last year, the planet suffered the terrible impacts of one of the worst drought and hunger crises seen for decades. At the end of 2015, 30 percent of the global land area was in drought conditions, one of the highest figures since modern record keeping began.

Read more on IRIN.

18 Sep 2017 description

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Improved maize supplies drove national maize and maize meal prices further down in July in all the monitored countries except South Africa (SA) where prices increased by roughly 6 percent. Moreover, national prices were considerably below their respective 5 year aver-age (5YA) except Tanzania, Lesotho and Swaziland.

18 Sep 2017 description

A summary of the learnings and recommendations from an internal and external evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe project which was carried out from August 2015 to May 2017.This programme is the first time that cash transfers have been used as a large-scale alternative to food aid in Zimbabwe and the first large-scale provision of cash transfers through mobile money.

18 Sep 2017 description

This case study of the first large-scale humanitarian cash programme in Zimbabwe presents learning and recommendations on how to design and adapt cash transfer programmes to mitigate the risk of a cash liquidity crisis.

The study explores how the programme, which delivered cash through mobile money, coped with a national cash liquidity crisis. Mobile money proved to be a highly flexible way to deliver cash during a liquidity crisis, given its option for e-purchasing, which enabled continued access to food.

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.