FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Maize production estimated to have increased moderately in 2018 due to overall beneficial weather
Imports of cereals forecast to fall in 2018/19 marketing year reflecting larger domestic harvest
Prices of maize decline on account of lower import prices and ample national supplies
Number of food insecure declines in 2018, but concerns remain in eastern regions due to impact of dry spells on agricultural production
Eswatini: Forced evictions expose flawed land laws as hundreds face homelessness
The Eswatini government must halt forced evictions which have left hundreds of people homeless and pushed them deeper into poverty, Amnesty International said in a new report today.
- EUR 36.4 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the second phase of the Lower Usuthu Smallholder Irrigation Project.
The Kingdom of Eswatini has surpassed the target set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for deworming coverage and obtained 85% during the third round of the Mass Medicine Administration (MMA) campaign. The annual campaign was conducted from 11 to 27 June 2018.
Health workers from different health facilities in the Kingdom of Eswatini have completed a three-days training on reporting and investigation of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI). The training was supported by the World Health Organization.
Objective: To safeguard livelihoods and enhance the food security and nutrition of El-Niño-induced drought affected households in Eswatini.
Key partners: Eswatini Ministry of Agriculture, Baphalali Swaziland Red Cross Society, Action Cooperative Agriculture Trust, World Vision Swaziland and the National Disaster Management Agency.
Beneficiaries reached: 1 250 households.
Identified selected and sensitized beneficiaries.
64 mt of food assistance distributed
US$1.13 m six months (Jun-Nov 2018) net funding requirements, representing 47% of total
35,548 people assisted in May 2018
Dozens of people, including more than 30 children, were left homeless after their homes were demolished by 20 armed police and bulldozers in the farming area of Embetseni in Malkerns town, Amnesty International said today.
The demolition, which saw 61 people forcibly evicted from their homes, took place on 9 April. Some of those rendered homeless were forced to spend the night in a chicken shed.
50,680+ children fed
- Swaziland: 28% of youths have not completed primary school
- Madagascar: 19% of primary school-age youths are out of school
- Zimbabwe: e pupil to teacher ratio at primary schools is 39:1
- Malawi: Drop out rate for primary school is 10 for boys, 11 for girls
- Mozambique: Repetition rate at grade 5 is 15%
In January 2018, WFP assisted almost 7,000 people through the Food by Prescription programme. Due to funding shortfalls, there are pipeline breaks for some commodities.
Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) reached 55,500 beneficiaries in January 2017, which is more than planned as additional children were found to be attending an increased number of NCPs
HIV and Nutrition:
What is already known about this topic?
In 2016, an estimated 1.5 million adolescent girls and young women were living with HIV infection in Eastern and Southern Africa, where HIV prevalence among adolescent girls and young women is more than twice that of their male peers.
What is added by this report?
In November 2017, WFP assisted 7,500 people through the Food by Prescription programme. Due to funding shortfalls, there are pipeline breaks for some commodities.
Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) resumed in August 2017, reaching 55,500 beneficiaries by the end of November.
Ruled by absolute monarch King Mswati III since 1986, Swaziland continued to repress political dissent and disregard human rights and rule of law in 2017. Political parties remained banned, as they have been since 1973; the independence of the judiciary is severely compromised and repressive laws continued to be used to target critics of the government and the king, despite basic rights guarantees in Swaziland’s 2005 constitution.
UNICEF through strategic partnerships with the Government and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) achieved most sector targets due to the efficient use of limited resources to achieve more results for children, women and the general population during implementation of the humanitarian response:
In 2017, UNICEF and partners reached 71,350 people with safe water in Lubombo and Shiselweni regions, representing over 100 per cent of UNICEF’s 2017 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Emergency Response Plan target.
MBABANE - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a donation of rice valued at US$1.8 million from the Government of Japan to support some 52,000 children in Swaziland for a period of one year.
A delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) visited Swaziland from 14 to 16 November to get insight into the country’s national AIDS response. During the visit, the delegation met the Acting Prime Minister, the Minister of Health and other representatives of the government, civil society, the private sector and development partners. The meetings with the political leadership clearly displayed the commitment to the response from the highest political level, from the King down.