The Commission has committed €9 million for disaster preparedness initiatives in Madagascar, Malawi, Lesotho, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. The funding will also help to promote effective humanitarian action at regional level.
The Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region is frequently affected by natural disasters that hit the most vulnerable populations, causing casualties and population displacement. Climate change has made these disasters less predictable, increasing their frequency, intensity and magnitude.
Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries
Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production
20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.
An early lean season expected in many parts of Southern Africa
In the southern African region, maize prices are already beginning to show mixed trends. In South Africa and Tanzania, maize prices remain below their respective 5 year average (5YA) levels, while in other countries, such as Malawi and Mozambique, maize prices are on an upward trend and closing in on their 5YA levels.
A look at the Alert for Price Spikes (ALPS) shows that in both June and July, a few markets in Zambia were already showing signs of stress.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR MARCH 2019
8.4 million people food insecure in Eswatini,
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe
4.3 million people to receive food, cash or vouchers to address immediate lean season needs
Additional USD 271 million required to meet the food needs in the six countries over the lean season (October 2018 - April 2019)
• The start of the lean season in Southern Africa is imminent and millions require food assistance to meet their needs.
Cash-based interventions are transforming the way humanitarian aid is being delivered. We have seen a dramatic increase in the use of cash globally by 40 per cent between 2015 and 2016 (State of the World’s Cash Report, 2018). At least 28 countries in Africa have had some experience with cash-based interventions through vouchers, direct cash and mobile money; reporting that it is a much more efficient, timely and dignified way to support communities.
Marking the Year of Zayed, the UAE Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, has provided 154 food baskets - provided by Sharjah Charity International - and water bottles - donated by Dar Al Ber Society - to Maseru, the capital and largest city of the Kingdom of Lesotho, in the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister, Monyane Moleleki.
After decades of progress, hunger - both acute and chronic - is on the rise again. In 2017, a massive humanitarian effort helped to contain famine in South Sudan and avert famine in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Despite this, the number of people on the brink of severe hunger continues to rise.
The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and price trends in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.
Staple food prices begin to rise earlier than normal in Lesotho
The SADC Region Food and Nutrition Security Strategy 2015-2025 emphasises that the regional food and nutrition security situation remains unstable and unpredictable.
Almost 16% of SADC’s rural population have been consistently designated food insecure over the past 5 years. This despite improved production in some Member States.
• The 2017-18 rainfall season was characterized by a late start, an extended mid-season dry spell (December-January) and heavy rains from February into April. The dry spell caused moisture stress and wilting of the early planted crops in many areas in Botswana, south-western Madagascar, southern Malawi, southern and some central parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Aug 20, 2018 | Southern African Development Community
Ce rapport d’activité fait la synthèse des activités du Résultat 5, connu également sous le nom de l’initiative de financement des risques de catastrophes en Afrique, appelée « ADRF » (Africa Disaster Risk Financing) ou « l’Initiative ADRF », entre le 1er juillet 2016 et le 30 juin 2017. Ce rapport donne un aperçu des activités accomplies jusqu’à cette date, tout en relevant les priorités et les enjeux à venir.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2019
Across the southern African region, maize supplies have improved seasonally with the ongoing harvest, and prices have generally been on a downward trend since March. In most countries, staple food prices are below their 5 year average (5YA) levels.
Yet, in pockets of areas reporting poor harvest, households are expected to deplete their stocks earlier than usual this year and turn to markets for their supply; prices in areas such as southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, and central and southern Zambia could tick upwards sooner than usual.
This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in 12 countries in Southern Africa in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). In 2017, 224 security incidents affecting NGO staff members, programmes and assets were reported. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.
Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes likely during the lean season
Lesotho is currently experiencing Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food security following a poor 2018 harvest. Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes are likely by December with the start of the lean season. Poor households’ food stocks will be low or depleted and they will face above-average food prices and have reduced income from agricultural labor opportunities and remittances.