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01 Jun 2017 description

Region

The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

Angola

29 May 2017 description
  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. The WHO Regional Office is currently monitoring 49 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 38 ungraded events.

27 May 2017 description

National rice harvest is estimated to be near 80 percent of normal

Key Messages

27 May 2017 description
report CARE

Imagine living in a world where it’s too expensive to eat. I don’t mean a night out at a restaurant or missing the occasional pastry. I mean when it’s too expensive to keep good nutritious food on the table. That’s what’s happening in the part of Africa where I live.

A nutritious balanced diet is out of reach for many, and a lot of people eat only once or twice a day.

For much of the last year, more than 20 million people here were dependent on food assistance; they make up half of the 40 million Africans affected by the worst drought in 35 years.

21 May 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • Madagascar’s 2017 staple food production is expected to remain below average levels.
    The ongoing main rice harvest will be less than 90 percent of 2016 levels as unexpected early season dryness resulted in a late start to the planting season. Maize and cassava production will see a modest recovery but similarly remain below average (Figure 1).
    Rice imports will continue to play an important role in staple food supply over the coming months.

19 May 2017 description

Despite recent seasonal rainfall, moisture deficits remain in central Kenya and Somalia

  1. Following rains during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar.

  2. Inconsistent rainfall since late December has led to continued dryness across many parts of western Angola.

17 May 2017 description
report The Guardian

Cyclone Enawo was the biggest storm in more than a decade to hit Madagascar. It left scores dead and triggered floods and landslides, destroying tens of thousands of homes. Two months on, the remarkable story of the village of Antanandava is a testament to Madagascan resilience

by James Ruttle

It was late morning when Cyclone Enawo made landfall on Madagascar’s north-east coast. The most severe tropical storm to hit the Indian Ocean island in more than 10 years brought with it winds of up to 290km/h and 25cm of rainfall.

16 May 2017 description

Vue d’ensemble de la situation

  • Entre le 7 et le 10 mars, le cyclone tropical intense Enawo a frappé le Nord Est de Madagascar avec une vitesse de 200 à 300 km/heure. Il a traversé la majeure partie de l’ile,en affectant environ 434000 personnes. Le 14 Mars 2017, le Gouvernement de Madagascar a déclaré la situation d’urgence dans le pays. Les autorités nationales, y compris le Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC), coordonnentla réponsehumanitaire dans leszones affectées.
13 May 2017 description

Faits marquants

• Mars marque le pic de la période de soudure alimentaire dans de nombreux pays touchés par la sècheresse induite par El Niño l'an dernier (source: FEWS NET).

• La saison des pluies a continué à apporter des précipitations au Grand Sud, alors que ces pluies entravent encore la fourniture des aides humanitaires et l'accès aux marchés locaux.

05 May 2017 description

Vue d’ensemble de la situation

Entre le 7 et le 10 mars, le cyclone tropical intense Enawo a frappé le Nord Est du Madagascar avec une vitesse de 200 à 300 km/heure. Il a traversé la majeure partie de l’ile en affectant presque 434,000 personnes. Le 14 Mars 2017 le Gouvernement de Madagascar a déclaré la situation d’urgence dans le pays. Les autorités nationales, y compris le Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et Catastrophes (BNGRC), coordonne la réponse humanitaire dans les zones affectées.

05 May 2017 description

Despite recent rainfall, seasonal rain remains below-average across much of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall accumulations since late February have resulted in significant moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

03 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The improved rainy season and harvest in March and April 2017 may produce a temporary reprieve from the complex nutritional crisis in the south, however pockets of acute malnutrition remain an obstacle to recovery. Preliminary results of the UNICEF-led nutrition SMART surveys show GAM prevalence between 10 and 15 per cent in Beloha and Amboasary districts, within the “high” prevalence range for wasting,according to WHO standards (10-14 per cent).

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary

03 May 2017 description

Regional Overview

Region
The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Rice production in 2017 forecast to fall on an annual basis, mainly reflecting dryness in main-producing areas

  • Imports of rice projected to rise in 2017; currency weakness expected to maintain higher rice prices

  • Food security conditions remained stressed in southern regions, while impact of Cyclone Enawo increased humanitarian needs

Rice production in 2017 expected below average mostly on account of poor rains in main producing areas

30 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

· March marks the peak of the lean season across many countries impacted by last year’s El Niño-induced drought (source: FEWS NET).

· The rainfall season has been continuing to bring rain to the Grand Sud. While welcome, these rains are still hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance and the access to local markets.

· Some communities have opted for migration as a survival strategy because of the "Kere", this has affected until 35% of the population in the village of Beloha South (cumulated figure).

30 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) members Ericsson Response and emergency.lu are providing Internet connectivity to humanitarians in the two worst-affected sites: Antalaha and Maroansetra.

Situation Overview

30 Apr 2017 description

Key Points
- Most foods are available, except cassava and sweet potato
- Domestic food prices are falling as the harvest period draws near
- Imported goods are more expensive as Cyclone Enawo has damaged roads

Situation Update

28 Apr 2017 description

Dryness continues to worsen over the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February have resulted in moderate to locally strong moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.