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01 Sep 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

31 Aug 2017 description

An early lean season in October expected for Southern Madagascar


  • Cassava and sweet potato harvests in Southern Madagascar are underway with near normal production. Poor household stocks will likely last until October 2017. Farmers in Boeny are harvesting their third season of rice, the Jeby rice, and production is expected to be better than the main season.

29 Aug 2017 description

29 August 2017, Kasungu, Malawi – On a visit to a model farmer supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Minister-President of the Government of Flanders Honourable Geert Bourgeois underscored the need to support farmers with appropriate agricultural extension service delivery systems for them to graduate from subsistence to commercialisation.

25 Aug 2017 description


Girls’ education and climate change are currently two of the most topical global issues in the development arena. Due to a myriad of limiting factors, more girls around the world are falling through the cracks in terms of their educational access, retention, and learning. At the same time, many countries and regions are facing more frequent and more intense climate-related extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods and droughts.

25 Aug 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The 2015–2016 El Niño phenomenon resulted in the worst drought in 35 years for much of southern Africa. In the eight most-affected countries (Angola, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe), an estimated 16.1 million people will required assistance between December 2016 and March 2017, including some 5 million children who required urgent humanitarian assistance. Southern Africa continues to experience the follow – on impacts of the El Niño drought and the La Niña floods.

24 Aug 2017 description

About 750 million people in low- and middle-income countries depend on livestock farming, which provides them with food, fuel, income and social security

By Busani Bafana

GWANDA, Zimbabwe, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Even during droughts like the one that swept across Zimbabwe last year, Isaac Siziba and his wife Khumutso had food. Their annual harvest did not consist of water-dependent crops, but of goats.

23 Aug 2017 description


• The rainfall season was favorable for agriculture between December 2016 and June 2017 over most parts of the Grand Sud.

• Due to the combination of better rainfall and comprehensive response activities, the humanitarian improved significantly compared to 2016.

21 Aug 2017 description

Stressed (IPC Phase 2) outcomes prevail in the south as poor households face difficulties in meeting non-food needs

Key Messages

21 Aug 2017 description
  • 1,495 Congolese refugees have been successfully relocated from Mussungue reception centre to Lóvua settlement.

  • Upon arrival in Lóvua, all refugees received medical support, relief items and a one-day food ration.

  • Malaria continues to be the main cause of morbidity with a total of 285 cases recorded during the reporting week.

Key figures

  • 75% Of Congolese refugees in Angola are women and children

  • 33,132 Biometrically registered Congolese refugees in Dundo area (14 August 2017)

19 Aug 2017 description
report IRIN

Sally Nyakanyanga
Freelance journalist based in Harare

Author Notes

Part of a special project that explores the impact of climate change on the food security and livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe

GWANDA, 4 August 2017

Maize seed in drought-prone regions of Zimbabwe should by now come with a government health warning: “Planting can seriously damage your well-being”.

Read more on IRIN

18 Aug 2017 description
report CARE

Executive summary

Provision of humanitarian aid in the form of cash transfers has gained significant momentum over the past few years. Research and evidence on certain aspects of cash transfer programmes (CTP) has been well documented, particularly regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of cash.

18 Aug 2017 description

Parts of central semiarid areas likely to be in Crisis during the lean season


17 Aug 2017 description

The occurrence of transboundary animal diseases - especially those that can be transmitted to human beings from animals - poses grave socio-economic consequences for Southern Africa. They affect food and nutrition security, human health, livelihoods and national economic development.

17 Aug 2017 description


  • In May, WFP ended the El Niño-induced drought EMOP. WFP assisted in total over 230,000 beneficiaries with emergency assistance, of which 142,000 received Cash Based Transfers (CBT). In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • In June, WFP assisted in total 7,932 beneficiaries through the Food by Prescription programme. Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is planned to resume in August 2017.

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

17 Aug 2017 description


  • WFP Executive Board approved the Namibia Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2022). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The CSP’s aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture conducted training for 70 School Feeding focal points from 35 schools in Khomas region.

Operational Updates

17 Aug 2017 description


• The relief assistance distributions continued as planned immediately after the country’s general elections. June marks the end of relief interventions.

• The Humanitarian Country Team in Lesotho organised a Media Breakfast and a Media Field Trip.

• The manual to make Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) nutrition sensitive was developed by stakeholders.

Operational Updates