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09 Jul 2015 description


  • Prospects for world cereal production in 2015 remain favourable, despite recent adverse weather conditions in some regions and continuing concerns over El Niño, with the global cereal supply and demand outlook for 2015/16 pointing to generally stable conditions.

05 Mar 2015 description


  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

01 Jul 2013 description
report CCCM Cluster


Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to share with you the third edition of the Global CCCM Cluster Newsletter.

This edition provides updates from our field operations and partners and also tracks the progress on our 18 month European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Directorate General (ECHO) funded capacity building project to strengthen CCCM's field response and coordination.

18 Jan 2013 description
report ShelterBox

In March 2011, ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member and Rotarian Peter Pearce (AU) was sent on deployment to storm-hit Madagascar. He was part of the second team in to deliver emergency shelter to families displaced in a southern area completely devastated by a cyclone. Having seen the desperate circumstances these families were living in, Peter wanted to do more for them upon his return to Australia.

28 Dec 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Madalitso Mwando

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AlertNet) - Thumeliso Matshobana knows what the devastation of too much water looks like.

A smallholder farmer in Zimbabwe’s Midlands, he watched helplessly last year as floods destroyed crops, livestock, homes and schools. The heavy rains, he says, came as “a total surprise.”

The floods left a trail of destruction in traditionally dry and impoverished rural areas of the Midlands and Matebeleland, and rebuilding has been a slow and painful process.

12 Oct 2012 description

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Catherine Bragg will visit Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe from 15 to 20 October 2012.

The visit aims to take stock of the humanitarian challenges in the region, and support national and regional efforts to promote disaster risk reduction including resilience and preparedness.

18 Sep 2012 description

A 2-day workshop for camp management trainers working for the Namibian Government and the Namibian Red Cross will open tomorrow (19/9) in Windhoek.

The European Union funded workshop, co-organized by IOM and the Namibian Directorate of Disaster Risk Management, aims to provide Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) training to support seven disaster-prone regions - Caprivi, Kavango, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto - in the north and north-east of the country.

02 Jul 2012 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2011 to 31 December 2011.

In brief

Programme outcome

07 May 2012 description

This report covers the period January to December 2011

In brief

Programme outcome
To increase the capacity of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.

03 May 2012 description

Ondjiva - At least 187 flood victim families in southern Cunene province previously squatting at sheltering centres were on Thursday provided with new houses on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ondjiva, during a ceremony chaired by the provincial governor, Antonio Didalelwa.

Addressing the occasion, the provincial governor said the drama of hundreds of families affected by floods that hit Cunene in the last four years has come to an end.

According to him, today there is reason for joy and reward after the time they had to await accommodation.

30 Apr 2012 description

Period covered by this Final Report: 8 April 2011 - 31 December 2011

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,811,530

Appeal coverage: 39%;

Appeal history:

• This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 8 April 2011 for CHF 1,811,530 for six months to assist 37,457 displaced people (9,364 families).

27 Mar 2012 description

Key Messages

  • Maize meal prices spiked in September and October, but declined in December; wheat and rice prices remained almost stable throughout the year.

  • As a result of the poor cereal harvest in 2011, the number of persons in need of food assistance is estimated to be 514,000 along the whole 2011/12 marketing year.

  • Insufficient rains during the first half of the 2011/12 agricultural season followed by heavy rains and floods caused extensive losses to the agricultural sector.

20 Mar 2012 description


  • Dry spell affects crop conditions in coastal regions, but average rains received in central provinces

  • Import requirements, mainly wheat and rice, estimated at a higher level in 2011/12 marketing year (April/March), as a result of the smaller cereal harvest gathered in 2011

Dry spell impacts coastal regions

08 Mar 2012 description


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

Having regard to the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement signed in Cotonou on 23 June 2000, and in particular Article 72 thereof,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 617/2007 of 14 May 2007 on the implementation of the 10th European Development Fund under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement1, and in particular Articles 5.4 and 8 thereof;


08 Mar 2012 description


· Between February 26 and March 4, Tropical Storm Irina brought intense rains and winds to areas of Madagascar, Mozambique, and South Africa. According to preliminary reports, the storm caused an estimated 72 deaths and affected nearly 78,000 people in Madagascar and resulted in 12 deaths in Mozambique and South Africa.

24 Feb 2012 description
report IRIN

MASERU, 24 February 2012 (IRIN) - Lesotho is facing a food security crisis as changing weather patterns and poverty leave some smallholder farmers with no option but to abandon farming and sell their land.

Many subsistence farmers in Lesotho are still struggling to recover from heavy rains over much of the country in December 2010 and January 2011 devastating crops and livestock

19 Jan 2012 description


  • Generally favourable rains at the start of the 2011/12 cropping season in late 2011

  • Last year, large decline in cereal production was observed following floods and a dry spell

  • More than 240 thousand persons are food insecure

Good rains in northern areas of the country favour the current cropping season

29 Dec 2011 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 29 December 2011 (IRIN) - In 2011 the global economic crisis combined with poor governance, financial mismanagement and unpredictable rainfall to push several southern African countries to the point of crisis. Others responded to rising unemployment and increased pressure on national budgets by hardening their attitude towards immigrants and closing their borders to asylum-seekers. IRIN covered developments from all over the region, but the following stories consistently grabbed headlines:

23 Dec 2011 description

CHF 244,036 was allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in February 2011. The DREF had a dual purpose of supporting the national society in delivering assistance to flood affected households, and to replenish depleted disaster preparedness stocks following a draw down during the earlier stages of the response. 2,000 families, equivalent to 10,000 beneficiaries received assistance.