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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.
06 Jan 2015 description
Rainfall performance has been poor across much of the region for the first half of the 2014/15 agriculture season and could have an adverse impact on household food security.
11 Dec 2014 description
FAO estimates that globally 39 countries, including 29 countries in Africa, need external assistance for food due to conflict, crop failures and localized high food prices.
28 Oct 2014 description
Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
18 Sep 2014 description
Maize harvests 50-75 percent below average are causing abnormally high maize prices and reduced livelihoods. Humanitarian assistance is needed immediately and through the next harvest in April.
11 Jul 2014 description
The region is characterized by high levels of vulnerability but recent momentum around the resilience-building agenda in Lesotho and Malawi shows great promise.
10 Feb 2014 description
According to FAO, approximately $1.8 million are need for the response to the armyworms and red locusts. The overall response to food insecurity required $110.8 million of which $85 million were received.
18 Oct 2013 description
The overall response plan for Malawi requires a total of $110.8 million, of which only $36.1 million are funded so far. No funding has been received for protection activities.
16 Apr 2013 description
In Somalia, needs will be highest among IDPs and the pastoral destitute when the lean season approaches in October.
10 Feb 2013 description
Humanitarian response programming for 1.97 million food insecure people is underway in 16 districts in southern Malawi.
08 Feb 2013 description
Government resources are limited and levels of relief stocks low while more rain and flooding are expected until the flood and cyclone season ends in April. OCHA's latest situation report provides updates on the affected countries.
10 Jan 2013 description
It is envisioned that this declaration will enable to more donors to contribute to the three-year anti-locust campaign. This campaign requires US$30 million, of which $20 million is needed for the first leg by June 2013
31 Dec 2012 description
Nearly all of the resources necessary to respond to the estimated 1.97 million people identified as food-insecure are secured
09 Nov 2012 description
HIGHLIGHTS In line with the original SARCOF forecast, the latest SADC CSC update predicts normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the region, with significant exceptions. The whole of Madagascar is now expected to receive above-normal to normal rainfall, increasing the chances of flooding. The...
06 Nov 2012 description
October , 2012 Food Security highlights… The number of vulnerable population is projected to increase from 1,630,007 to 1,972,993 people, representing a 21% increase (about 342,986 people). The new total maize equivalent now stands at 84,811 MT (up from 75,394). Prices are higher in the southern...
01 Nov 2012 description
Food security conditions to deteriorate as the lean season begins KEY MESSAGES Although food insecurity conditions in most parts of the region have remained Minimal (IPC Phase 1) since the beginning of the consumption period, conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next six months with...
01 Oct 2012 description
Maize prices rising even more than expected in southern Malawi Key Messages Limited household food access has resulted in a food insecurity Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in southern Malawi. Based on August analysis, FEWS NET estimates that 1.76 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance...
31 Aug 2012 description
In this issue 2012/13 Seasonal Rainfall Forecast P.1 Regional Food Security Worsens P.2 Comoros Early Recovery Plan P.5 Regional Humanitarian Trainings P.5
31 Jul 2012 description
Highlights Regional Food Security Outlook Late onset and prolonged dry spells resulted in depressed production in many parts of the region Projected 2012/13 regional maize surplus down 98% compared to 2011/12 SADC harvest lowest in past 3 years Malnutrition levels remain very high in the SADC...
31 Jul 2012 description
Key Messages Based on the results of its post-harvest food security assessment, the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) has projected that in the April 2012 to March 2013 consumption period, 1.63 million people in 15 mainly southern districts will be unable to adequately access food...