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04 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Final results of UNICEF-led nutrition SMART surveys in the Grand Sud show Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) prevalence classified as “high” (>10%) in three districts according to WHO standards. The most recent Integrated Phase Classification for Acute Malnutrition exercise (IPC AM, July 2017) classified these same districts in “serious” acute malnutrition phase 3.

04 Aug 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the second quarter of 2017 (April to June). The maps on pages 6–7 provide impact analysis dis-aggregated to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

04 Aug 2017 description

Key points:

  • Food prices remain stable

  • Households in the south are under more stress than those in the north

  • The use of some food-related negative coping strategies has fallen in rural areas

  • Fewer poorer households are using negative coping strategies

Situation update

04 Aug 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationLourens Swanepoel, Associate lecturer, University of Venda
Steven Belmain Professor of Ecology, University of Greenwich

01 Aug 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 Aug 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 Aug 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 Aug 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.

01 Aug 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.

01 Aug 2017 description

Cassava harvest started early in Southern Madagascar and production is near normal

Key Messages:

01 Aug 2017 description

Improved maize supplies trigger significant staple price declines in the region

KEY MESSAGES

01 Aug 2017 description

Bar code technology, commonly used in supermarkets is enabling UNHCR and its partners speed up the delivery of vital assistance to Congolese refugees

DUNDO, Angola - A long queue snakes its way through Cacanda reception centre as people wait patiently to receive their monthly food rations of maize meal, cooking oil and beans. An average of 4,500 people queue daily to receive food and other items like blankets, mosquito nets, buckets and solar lamps.

01 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

From January to June 2017, over 80% of targeted children in 14 of 24 food insecure districts were screened, of which a total of 82,194 (9,728 Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM); 72,466 Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) were referred for further investigations.

All 611 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 563 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) have reported:

01 Aug 2017 description

Background

• Since 2011, Zimbabwe’s Gross Domesc Product growth rate has been declining from a high of 11.9% to 1.5% in 2015. It was esmated at 0.6% in 2016 but is now projected to rise to 3.7% in 2017 and to taper off slightly to 3.4% in 2018 mainly on the back of improved performance of the agricultural sector (Ministry of Finance, 2017; World Bank, 2017).

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

FAO coordination of food and agriculture disaster risk reduction and management in Southern Africa

Target areas:

Southern Africa

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: United States of America

Contribution: USD 500 000

Project code: OSRO/RAF/604/USA

Objective:

To contribute to reducing the risk of food and nutrition insecurity by building strong and resilient livelihoods among poor, rural farming households.

31 Jul 2017 description

Full title of the project:

Promoting local food purchases for food assistance on the African continent – Purchase from Africans for Africa (Phase II)

Target areas:

Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger and Senegal

Recipient: Regional Africa

Donor: Brazil

Contribution: USD 2 888 407

Project code: OSRO/RAF/202/BRA

Objective:

31 Jul 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 42 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including the:

• Undiagnosed paediatric eruptive fever in Cameroon

• Dengue fever in Côte d’Ivoire

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

• Humanitarian refugee crisis in Uganda

• Humanitarian crisis in Madagascar