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12 Feb 2016 description

Joint statement by FAO, EC-JRC, FEWS NET and WFP

FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; FEWS NET - Famine Early Warning Systems Network; JRC - European Commission's Joint Research Centre;WFP - World Food Programme

12 February 2016, Rome - Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years.

12 Feb 2016 description

1.0 Preamble

1.1 In accordance with Subsection (1) of Section 27 of the Civil Protection Act of 1989, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe His Excellency Cde R.G. Mugabe, on 4 February 2016declared a State of Drought Disaster following the impact of El Nino induced erratic rainfall. The influence of climate change cannot be ruled out. The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption needs as well as support for livelihoods, agriculture and wildlife.

09 Feb 2016 description

Syria: The military offensive in Aleppo governorate has displaced more than 40,000 people since late January, and the number of displaced is reported to be increasing. There is concern that a siege of opposition-held areas of Aleppo city is imminent. An estimated 20,000 newly displaced Syrians are stuck at the Bab al Salam crossing along the Syria–Turkey border, as Turkey has denied them entry into Turkish territory.

09 Feb 2016 description
report World Vision

9 February 2016, JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe has become the third country in Southern Africa to declare a disaster after Lesotho and Malawi amidst a prolonged drought that has resulted in food shortages. The United Nations estimates that 30 million people in the region are in dire need of food assistance. World Vision is calling on donor countries to increase the amount of food assistance available as the number of affected people is likely to increase.

09 Feb 2016 description


  • Unfavourable production outlook for 2016 cereal crop, reflecting persistent dry conditions

  • Cereal prices increased on account of higher import costs and below-average 2015 harvest

  • Reduced cereal production in 2015 and poor livestock conditions resulted in increase in number of people in need of food assistance in 2015/16

Crop conditions in 2016 mostly unfavourable reflecting insufficient rains

09 Feb 2016 description

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been monitoring forecasts for the current El Niño since early 2015. It is using early warning information to design and implement early actions knowing that anticipatory action can mitigate or even prevent disasters from happening.

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific. While the main threats to food production are reduced rainfall and drought in some regions, El Niño can also cause heavy rains and flooding in others.

09 Feb 2016 description
report Voice of America

Blessing Zulu
08.02.2016 22:57

WASHINGTON DC—The World Food Program (WFP) is preparing to scale up food distribution in Zimbabwe following a declaration of a state of disaster by President Robert Mugabe last week.

The number of people needing food assistance is now being estimated at 2,4 million, as opposed to the 1,5 million estimated earlier.

Indications are that up to 3 million people may need of food aid in the country with a huge grain deficit.

09 Feb 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 8 Feb 2016 13:40 GMT

Author: Andrew Mambondiyani

MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Feb 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shylet Mutsago, a 63-year-old who lives near the diamond fields of Marange, cannot hide her anger over how mining in this gem-rich part of eastern Zimbabwe has failed to improve the lives of local people.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

08 Feb 2016 description

Appeal History:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 January 2016 for CHF 664,073 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) to respond to the food security needs of 4,500 drought affected beneficiaries for six months. The strategy entails the immediate provision of food assistance (carried out through cash transfer programming) and strengthening community livelihoods in three districts of Mafeteng, Thaba Tseka and Qacha’s Nek to allow vulnerable households to meet their basic food needs.

08 Feb 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

Geneva, 08 February 2016

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

Zimbabwe experienced a poor 2014/15 agricultural season characterized by dry spells in most parts of the country particularly in Masvingo and Matabeleland North and South Provinces. This has led to losses in agricultural production of an over 60% drop in cereal production as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture Mechanization and Irrigation Development (MAMID). There is also loss of household incomes due to reduced labor opportunities in the agricultural sector.

07 Feb 2016 description

DUBAI, Feb 7 (Reuters) - South Africa will not declare a national disaster in response to a drought that has hurt agricultural production, the country's deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries Bheki Cele told Reuters on Sunday

Read the full article on AlertNet

07 Feb 2016 description
  • 2.8 million Malawians face hunger, prompting relief effort

  • Focus on basic food security has hampered wider development

  • Subsidy for small-scale farmers at risk as aid taps run dry

  • Malawi highlights perils of aid reliance without industrialising

By Ed Stoddard and Mabvuto Banda

LILONGWE, Feb 7 (Reuters) - As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious maize wrapped in a brightly coloured cloth and balanced on her head.

06 Feb 2016 description

45 people have died in the storms and floods which have hit parts of northern Mozambique since the start of the current rainy season in October.

Speaking at a Maputo press conference on 5 February, the director of the National Operational Emergency Centre (CENOE), Mauricio Xerinda, said that the deaths were caused by high winds, lightning strikes, and floods resulting from torrential rains.

Since October, the number of people affected by flooding is around 26,000. Over this period, 1,202 houses have been destroyed and a further 3,941 have been damaged.

05 Feb 2016 description

Luanda - Two water distribution centres in Luanda Province, namely in the localities of Marçal and Cazenga, which have been receiving repair works, are scheduled to start functioning this year, guaranteed last Thursday the secretary of State for Water, Luís Filipe da Silva.

Speaking to the press, in the end of the inauguration ceremony of the water distribution centre of Maianga ward, in Luanda City, Luís Filipe da Silva informed that the Marçal and Cazenga water distribution centres are being expanded and some equipment are being replaced.

05 Feb 2016 description

Caxito - The implementation of the Water for All projects in the country has reached 63 percent

This was said Thursday in Caxito, northern Bengo province, by the minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.

João Baptista Borges said the Water for All that is directly run by the head of State is being taken to all rural areas, to cater for 80 percent of the population, that is, about six million people.

05 Feb 2016 description

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has declared a state of disaster in rural parts of the country hit by a drought.

An estimated 2.4 million people are now in need of food aid, more than a quarter of the population.

Read the story on the BBC

05 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee December 2015 report identifies additional 32,390 food insecure people in Blantyre, Mangochi, Dedza and Mzimba districts and recommends humanitarian assistance extension to from March to April 2016, funds permitting.