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27 Nov 2017 description
Normal to above-normal rainfall is predicted for January to March 2018. While conducive to agricultural production, the rains will inevitably lead to flooding, and tropical cyclones will likely affect Indian Ocean countries.
16 Aug 2017 description
Of the 9.1 million new internal displacements, 4.6 million were caused by conflict, a figure which is already two-thirds of last year’s total. Disaster displacement continues at an unabated pace too.
22 Mar 2017 description
A fall armyworm outbreak is causing considerable crop damage in seven countries in the region, concurrently with a cyclone in Madagascar, flooding in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
08 Nov 2016 description
Several factors - including depleted food reserves, rising food prices and slowing economic growth - are exacerbating the El Niño-induced drought, the worst in 35 years.
21 Sep 2016 description
23 countries have issued appeals requiring a total of $5 billion. Only 38 per cent is funded as of September 2016, leaving 60 million people at significant risk of further loss.
28 Aug 2016 description
The Africa Human Development Report 2016 analyses the drivers that hamper African women’s advancement, and proposes policies and concrete actions to close the gender gap.
16 Aug 2016 description
The dramatic 2015-2016 El Niño event hit the poorest and most vulnerable communities hardest, disproportionally affecting women and girls. To date, a funding gap of $3.4 billion remains.
25 Jul 2016 description
Triggered by El Niño and consecutive poor rainy seasons, the drought is eroding people's ability to cope and threatening important development gains.
25 Jul 2016 description
report IRIN
As the public health community gathered to talk about the end of AIDS, they were informed that annual support for combatting the epidemic had fallen by more than US$1 billion.
18 Jul 2016 description
An estimated 40 million people are facing food insecurity, including some 23 million needing urgent assistance. The Regional Action Plan, with a requirement of $1.2 billion, is only 17 per cent funded to date.
08 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund
In Eastern and Southern Africa – the worst hit regions – some 26.5 million children need support, including more than one million who need treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
16 Jun 2016 description
Nearly 2.7 million children are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This figure is expected to rise if support is not immediately provided.
28 Mar 2016 description
Significant January rains were received in drought-stricken areas, helping to reduce rainfall deficits. The overall benefit was however diminished by very high temperatures.
09 Mar 2016 description
Thirty-four countries, including 27 in Africa, are currently in need of external assistance for food due to drought, flooding and civil conflicts, according to an FAO report released Wednesday.
12 Feb 2016 description
The region is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the 2015-16 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño of the last 50 years.
05 Feb 2016 description
On average, harvests were 21 percent lower than the 2013/14 season. In total, the cereal deficit for the region is 7.9 million tonnes for the 2015/2016 marketing year.
04 Feb 2016 description
As of February 2016, more than 42,000 cholera cases had been reported across the regions, affecting Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
22 Jan 2016 description
If the abnormally hot and dry conditions persist, a regional food security crisis, including a substantial increase in numbers of acutely food-insecure, is likely in the latter half of 2016 and early 2017.
28 Apr 2015 description
The early production forecast for maize - a staple food throughout the subregion - is about 21.1 million tonnes in 2015, 15 percent lower than the average for the last five years, FAO says.
24 Dec 2014 description
The bulk of Southern Africa is expected to receive normal to above-normal rainfall as part of the current rainfall season, increasing the likelihood of flooding across the region.