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21 Feb 2019 description

Drought strengthens in parts of Angola and Namibia

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has caused significant dryness in southern Africa. Dry spells continue in Namibia and Angola.

  2. Below-average rainfall since November has caused drought in South Africa, though there has been recent moisture improvement.

Africa Overview

21 Feb 2019 description

Malawi is a landlocked, low-income country. Eighty percent of the population consists of smallholder farmers and nearly 70 percent of people live below the international poverty line. In recent years, climate-related shocks and an outbreak of fall armyworm—an invasive crop pest—have reduced food production.

SITUATION

20 Feb 2019 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK - Due to the severe drought in Namibia, Kaap Agri Namibia and Pupkewitz Megabuild have embarked upon a solidarity initiative, #togetherwearestrong, to help the most needy farmers with animal feed. On Valentine’s Day, Kaap Agri Namibia, Pupkewitz Megabuild and partners, started ferrying the first consignment when the first 11 of 20 trucks full of animal feed departed from the Hardap Dam.

20 Feb 2019 description
report New Era

WINDHOEK - The first half of the 2018/2019 rainfall season saw an extremely poor rainfall which subsequently caused considerable delay in cultivation activities, notes the December 2018 Agricultural Inputs and Household Food Security Situation report of the National Early Warning and Information System of Namibia.

19 Feb 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

400,000 Total People in Need

190,400 Total Children in Need

155,924 Total population in drought/flood affected areas

70,000 Children in drought/flood affected areas

8,500 Estimated number of children 6-59 months affected by severe and moderate acute malnutrition

6% Prevalence of wasting among children underfive

UNICEF Appeal 2018 US$ 1.66 million

19 Feb 2019 description

Highlights
- A late and erratic onset of rains delayed planting and reduced area planted in southern and western parts of the region.
- A dry spell from mid-January to early February caused moderate to severe crop moisture stress in the central parts of the region. The dry spell ended in early February, allowing recovery of some crops. Observations however indicate that permanent wilting had occurred in several areas.

19 Feb 2019 description

This report provides a summary of changes to regional maize availability estimates and markets in countries monitored by FEWS NET and WFP in southern Africa. It updates FEWS NET’s Regional Maize Supply and Market Outlook Report published in August 2018. It also draws insights on staple food trade from the FEWS NET/WFP Informal Cross Border Monitoring System.

19 Feb 2019 description

In Numbers

1,202 MT of food assistance distributed

US$ 416,708 in cash-based transfers

US$ 9 million net funding requirements for six months (January – June 2019) representing 33% of total needs

152,509 people assisted in January 2018

Operational Updates

14 Feb 2019 description

Heavy rainfall continues in southeast Africa while drought strengthens in parts of Angola and Namibia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly below average rainfall since October has resulted in extended dry spells in southern Africa. Improved seasonal rainfall in February has brought relief to many areas in South Africa.

  2. Heavy rainfall is forecast over Madagascar next week with the potential for flooding.

14 Feb 2019 description

A CNN International Edition report says a community-resilience programme run by a partnership of the Zimbabwe and British Red Cross “could have a huge impact on the triple challenge of climate change, food security and HIV”.

14 Feb 2019 description
report IRIN

The 150 percent fuel price hike that sparked mass public unrest across Zimbabwe last month sent the cost of living skyrocketing: the price of bread nearly doubled in a week.

Read more on IRIN.

14 Feb 2019 description

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has reached out to 556,684 food insecure households (approximately 3,061, 762 people) with 47,053 metric tons (about 941, 060 bags weighing 50kg each) of relief maize, in 21 districts of the country, as of February 12, 2019.

14 Feb 2019 description

Heavy January rainfall decreased moisture deficits, though cropping conditions unlikely to recover

Key Messages

13 Feb 2019 description

Malawi is among the most climate-fragile countries in the world, ranking 105 out of 113 countries based on the 2016 Global Food Security Index. Agriculture remains the country’s mainstay, largely supporting most of its rural population with the sector contributing to about one third of its GDP. Since 2015, back-to-back El Niño/La Niña episodes affected the food security of more than 8 million people.

13 Feb 2019 description

In Numbers

2,399 mt of food assistance distributed

US$4.5m cash-based transfers made

2,000 mt of sorghum locally procured

US$31.5m six months (Mar–Aug 2019) net funding requirements, representing 67% of total

7.5m people in rural and urban areas food insecure (ZimVAC analysis January 2019) 706,247 people assisted in January 2019

Operational Updates

12 Feb 2019 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Crop production prospects in 2019 favourable in main cereal-producing provinces of centre

  • In southern provinces, however, below-average rainfall diminished production outlook

  • Food prices continued to rise, reflecting lower harvest in 2018 and weaker national currency

  • Food security situation worsened in southern provinces due to persisting dry weather conditions

Reduced rainfall diminishes 2019 production prospects in southern provinces

12 Feb 2019 description

MAPUTO - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a recent contribution of ₤ 7.5 million donation by the United Kingdom to support some of Mozambique’s most malnourished and acutely food insecure people.

12 Feb 2019 description
report New Era

Albertina Nakale

WINDHOEK - Cabinet has directed the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry to advise farmers in areas with poor grazing to take precautionary measures, as drought looms due to erratic rainfall.

These measures include destocking and culling of animals while the livestock is in good shape. Most farmers in regions such as Kunene and Omaheke have already started losing their livestock due to drought effects being felt in some parts of the country.