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15 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 9 – 15 March

Yemen: Insecurity in Aden is increasing, with attacks carried out on civilian targets. At least 150 people have been reported killed in the past three months, including at least 50 in March. Humanitarian actors have increasing difficulty to carry out operations. In Taizz, the west of the city has been taken by pro-Hadi forces after heavy fighting: fighting for the east continues.

15 Mar 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below-average rains expected to result in reduced 2016 maize crop, with larger production declines forecast in southern districts
  • National average maize price at record high level in February 2016, reflecting tighter market supplies and poor 2016 production prospects
  • Food security situation in 2016/17 expected to worsen due to high food prices and expected lower cereal output

Reduced seasonal rains expected to result in production decrease for 2016 crops

14 Mar 2016 description

Pretoria – Smallholder farmers affected by the drought in Tshwane, have received a helping hand from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to sustain their farms.

Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Deputy Minister Bheki Cele visited Hammanskraal, Stinkwater and Winterveldt on Monday to hand over a borehole, animal feed and garden equipment to help residents start up community gardens.

Deputy Minister Cele’s visit is part of an ongoing stakeholder engagement forum and follow up visit to areas affected by the drought.

14 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

  • An El Niño-induced drought has contributed to a projected 64 per cent year-on-year decrease in maize production (the staple food).

  • An estimated 300,000 people require food assistance – a quarter of the total population.

  • Water scarcity is affecting all aspects of society, including education (an estimated 189,000 learners) and health facilities (particularly maternity services).

11 Mar 2016 description

Crisis overview

Armed clashes between the Mozambican army and opposition party Renamo have prompted over 11,000 people to flee to Kapise, Mwanza district, Malawi, since mid December. Conditions in the camp are harsh: it is overcrowded, there is very limited sanitation infrastructure, and no educational facilities. Major needs include access to water and sanitation, and shelter construction. The camp is located in a hard-to-reach area, and rains have severely damaged the only accessible road.

Key findings

11 Mar 2016 description

Recent increases in rainfall unable to overcome long-term seasonal deficits in southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

10 Mar 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 9 Mar 2016 11:21 GMT

By Jeffrey Gogo

HARARE, March 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lovemore Kuwana cheerily lifts the lid of a container full of fresh maggots in his backyard, which he will feed to the poultry he keeps once the worms are dried.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

10 Mar 2016 description

Highlights

•Over 534,000 people are at risk of food insecurity up to June 2016 (one in every four people in Lesotho) – the number is likely to go up beyond 725,000 people after June 2016.

•Over 377,000 people require immediate food or cash assistance to enable them to access food from the market as well as livelihood support to resuscitate own food production (revised figures will be available after June 2016 once crop forecast is available).

09 Mar 2016 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).

09 Mar 2016 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

 Below average precipitation and drought have raged since last year on the SADC region, the outlook for the remaining months of the current season indicated below average precipitation very likely over most of the eastern part of the region including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, easternmost of Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and the center of Madagascar. The drought situation and related consequences will persist during the coming months.

09 Mar 2016 description

Global crop prospects benign, but hunger intensifies in areas suffering from conflict

Food security worsens further in Southern Africa due to drought

9 March 2016, Rome - Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to a new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report released today.

09 Mar 2016 description

In February 2016, WFP continued to target 2.4 million out of the total affected population of 2.86 million people with life-saving food assistance.* With over 32,000 additional people now facing food insecurity as well, the Humanitarian Response Committee has agreed to cover this additional population from March, and meanwhile to continue assistance to all 2.86 million people through April 2016 to account for the El Niño-induced extended lean season.

09 Mar 2016 description

Key Messages

  • An El Niño-related drought is ongoing in the South and West, with certain areas facing one of the driest rainy seasons in 35 years. Although sufficient rainfall in central and northern parts of country will contribute to near-average harvests in those areas, staple food production at a national-level will likely be below-average due to significant declines in production in drought-affected areas.

08 Mar 2016 description

Snapshot 2–8 March 2016

Malawi and Mozambique: Flooding and drought have led to the most severe food crisis Malawi has faced in a decade: 2.8 million people face acute food insecurity, including 900,000 facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes. In Mozambique, an estimated 600,000 people are in Crisis due to drought. In addition, 9,300 Mozambicans in Malawi who fled armed conflict need WASH, health and shelter assistance.

08 Mar 2016 description

Cape Town – Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti says government’s response to the drought now exceeds R1 billion.

The Minister on Tuesday chaired the Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development Cluster media briefing at the Imbizo Centre, in Cape Town. The briefing was aimed at providing a progress report on the implementation of the Nine Point Plan following President Zuma’s State of the Nation Address last month.