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11 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

  • Rains are still well below normal in the southern half of the region, with deficits strengthening in some areas in recent weeks.

  • Onset of rains is delayed by at least 30-40 days in parts of Angola and South Africa

  • Moderate relief is expected in some of these drought-affected areas, according to short term rainfall forecasts

  • Vegetation conditions in many areas are among the worst in 15 years. These conditions have some negative implications for pastures, livestock and hydrology

11 Dec 2015 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Abnormal dryness has expanded across many portions of southern Africa from southern Angola, northern Namibia, southern Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, central Malawi, central Mozambique, southern Botswana, to South Africa due to a delayed onset and persistent below-average rain since the start of the season. The deficient rain has already severely reduced water availability, negatively impacting cropping and pastoral activities over many areas.

11 Dec 2015 description

Study reveals disturbing hunger trends in world's highland areas

Mountain people under double pressure of climate change and growing food insecurity

11 December 2015, Rome - While global hunger figures are decreasing, the number of food insecure people in mountain areas rose 30 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study, released today by FAO and the Mountain Partnership on International Mountain Day.

08 Dec 2015 description
report IRIN

LONDRES, 8 décembre 2015 (IRIN) - La sécurité alimentaire mondiale ne dépend pas seulement de la quantité de nourriture produite. Pour l’atteindre, il faut considérez la situation dans son ensemble et surtout la façon dont les besoins en eau et en énergie sous-tendent la production.

08 Dec 2015 description

Snapshot 2-8 December 2015

Jordan: 11,400 Syrian asylum seekers are currently stranded at the border with Jordan, after a recent surge in violence has driven new displacement, doubling the number at the border since October. They face urgent humanitarian and protection needs. The Jordanian Government has increasingly restricted movement across the border since 2013.

08 Dec 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The current growing season (October 2015 – April 2016) in Southern Africa will develop during the peak stage of one of the strongest El Nino events in the available record. Unlike previous events, the official onset of this El Nino in March 2015 was preceded by borderline conditions during the previous growing season.

07 Dec 2015 description
report IRIN

By Lou del Bello

LONDON, 7 December 2015 (IRIN) - Global food security is not just about how much we grow. To achieve it, we need to look at the bigger picture, particularly at the way in which water and energy needs underpin production.

Climate change threatens all of that. Rainfall variability directly affects crop production, but also energy generation (think of hydropower) – essential to grow, store, process and move food.

07 Dec 2015 description
report ACT Alliance

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

07 Dec 2015 description

Globally, millions of vulnerable households are at risk of increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. No two El Niño events are ever the same and it is thought that this particular occurrence could be the most powerful on record. The strongest El Niño in 1997/1998 killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.

05 Dec 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Climate change is making Madagascar increasing vulnerable to natural disasters such as cyclones and droughts which hamper development efforts.

  • These disasters, which devastate staple crops such as rice, significantly jeopardize the country’s food security.

  • With support from the World Bank, Madagascar is adapting irrigation infrastructure to climate change to preserve agriculture, the livelihood of 90% of the population.

04 Dec 2015 description
report IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike, Editor-at-Large

NAIROBI, 4 December 2015 (IRIN) - Close to 29 million people in southern Africa are already facing food shortages as a result of this season’s poor harvest, but worse could be on the way.

“Serious concerns are mounting that Southern Africa will this coming season face another poor harvest, possibly a disastrous one,” the UN’s aid coordinating agency, OCHA, warned in a recent report.

04 Dec 2015 description

The global El Niño phenomenon, manifesting in droughts and floods, is affecting millions of people across Africa, especially in the eastern, central and southern regions. In most cases, El Niño is exacerbating already dire conditions, like in Ethiopia and Malawi, and worsening protracted crises like in Somalia.

The European Commission has just allocated over €100 million to help African countries affected by the phenomenon: €79 million for the greater Horn of Africa, €20 million for central Africa, and a further €12 million for the southern Africa region.

04 Dec 2015 description
report Oxfam

Millions of poor and vulnerable people face hunger and poverty this year and next because of record global temperatures, droughts and erratic rains in 2014 and 2015, followed by the development of possibly the most powerful El Niño on record.

This briefing makes the case to urgently scale up humanitarian response in countries already in crisis. It also draws on the experience of the super El Nino in 1997–98, and the inadequate response to the Horn of Africa drought of 2011, to push for early action to save livelihoods elsewhere.

04 Dec 2015 description

Key messages

  • The region is extremely vulnerable to weather hazards such as tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and strong winds.

  • There is lack of resilience and coping mechanisms to the climate-related shocks, which results in heavy social and economic consequences for the population. Improving the local communities' resilience capacities remains central to the EU’s humanitarian assistance.

04 Dec 2015 description

By Tatenda Macheka

This season's failed harvest and the prospect of yet more prolonged dry spells have farmers in Zimbabwe worried. All the more timely then was WFP's decision choose Zimbabwe for the piloting of an innovative new approach to reducing the impact of climate-related disasters.

04 Dec 2015 description

Early season dryness persists across southern Africa

  1. Very low and infrequent rainfall in southern Africa has resulted in significant early season moisture deficits, particularly in the KwaZuluNatal region of South Africa, Swaziland, and southern Mozambique. Light to moderate rain is expected over the region during the next week, which could sustain rainfall deficits.

04 Dec 2015 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de Paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l'Union africaine (UA), à sa 558ème réunion tenue le 19 Novembre 2015, a tenu une session publique, consacrée au thème: «L'impact d’El Nino sur la paix, la sécurité et la stabilité en Afrique et les conséquences humanitaires ».

03 Dec 2015 description

Brussels, 2.12.2015 C(2015) 8453 final

COMMISSION DECISION of 2.12.2015
financing humanitarian actions in Southern Africa from the 11th European Development Fund

(ECHO/-SF/EDF/2015/01000)

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2015/322 of 2 March 2015 on the implementation of the 11th European Development Fund1 and in particular Article 9(3) thereof,

03 Dec 2015 description

ROMA/PARÍS – Mientras los líderes mundiales negocian un acuerdo sobre el clima, el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) y la Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y la Media Luna Roja (FICR), junto a la Cruz Roja Alemana (GRC), han presentado un enfoque basado en previsiones que podría transformar el sistema humanitario. Este enfoque facilitará financiación para preparación ante emergencias y respuesta humanitaria antes de que se produzcan las crisis, y proporcionará los fondos necesarios para actividades que fortalecen la resiliencia.

03 Dec 2015 description

Highlights

FAO’s latest forecasts for global supply and demand of cereals continue to point to a generally comfortable 2015/16 marketing season, with world inventories by the close of seasons in 2016 expected to fall only slightly below their record opening levels.