Southern Africa Weekly Report: 3rd - 9th July 2012

Favourable food security conditions persist across most of the region; however localized acute food insecurity is being experienced in the following countries:

In southern and central Malawi, it is estimated that 1.63 million people (11% of the population) are food insecure, and will require support for 3 to 8 months.

Approximately 84,000 households are experiencing severe food insecurity, partly due to floods, cyclones and locust infestation.

An estimated 366,780 households (1,833,900 people) are expected to be affected by drought, and an estimated 533,000 children under age 5 could be affected by various levels of malnutrition.

From July-September 2012, isolated cases of Stressed (IPC Phase 2) food security conditions may expand into other areas negatively affected by drought earlier this year.

Maize production fell by 77% compared to last season.

Southern Zimbabwe was most affected by the 2011/2012 seasonal drought. The national cereal production estimate is 33% less than the 2010/11 season harvest and 15% below the 2006-2011 average.

The indefinite strike by members of the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) for higher wages was again declared unlawful on 08 July 2012. Government has thereby won the case against SNAT, who on 06 July 2012 were barred from marching in Mbabane, leading to a confrontation between them and the police which saw a police officer being injured after allegedly being hit by a stone suspected to have been thrown by the protesting teachers. Also demanding higher wages, the Swaziland Transport and Allied Workers Union (STAWU) is threatening to bring public transport to a standstill on 11 July 2012.

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