The Market Assessment’s intervention modality selection process identified the following key findings:
A total of 35 markets in 29 Tinkhundla across the country’s 4 regions were assessed. In total, 12 wholesalers, 64 medium vendors, and 43 small traders/retailers were interviewed using a structured questionnaire for a total of 119 traders.
Southern Africa experienced an unprecedented El Niño phenomenon affecting the region with two consecutive years of drought and erratic rains. The year 2015 was the hottest and driest year on record (in over a century) for South Africa and 2016 is set top this record. With numerous member countries affected by drought1 , SADC announced a regional state of emergency, requesting US $2.4 billion to address the effects of the crisis.
The Annual assessment’s objectives mainly was to understand the status of livelihood sources in the rural and urban areas, thus to determine levels of food insecurity amongst populations, estimating vulnerable populations facing food insecurity and establish forms of coping mechanisms adopted during periods of food insecurity. The outputs from the assessment were further used to inform the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), as direct and indirect evidence. The IPC Analytical Framework was used to further classify rural populations into Phases.
The Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) is an African Union Commission (AUC)-led initiative through which countries are able to estimate the social and economic impacts of child undernutrition. Twelve countries are participating in the study. Swaziland is part of the four first-phase countries.
The Swaziland Government developed a National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2008-2013 (NHSSP) for addressing the country's health sector challenges. The proposed Swaziland Health, HIV/AIDS and TB Project will contribute towards achieving the overall objectives of the NHSSP. The project-specific objectives are to improve (i) access to and quality of health services in Swaziland with a particular focus on primary health care, maternal health and TB, and (ii) to increase social safety net access for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through a cash transfer pilot.
- The Government is reviewing the National
Disaster Management Policy with the aim of updating and providing a well-coordinated
framework for disasters in Swaziland.
- According to the Central Bank of Swaziland, the consumer price inflation dropped to single digits again in 2009 and is expected to remain in single digits for the next few years.
The world's highest HIV prevalence and the increasing number of deaths due to AIDS is having unprecedented impact on Swaziland. Worryingly, with a generation of orphans and rapidly escalating poverty, this desperate situation is being accepted as 'normal'. HIV/AIDS in Swaziland has been characterized by a slow onset of impacts that have failed to command an emergency response. With insufficient resource allocation and a lack of capacity, slow onset events can become emergencies.
Increasing numbers of households are not just 'vulnerable' but are experiencing 'livelihood failures' and 'economic collapse' -- this situation is particularly acute in the Lowveld Areas of Swaziland
- Swazi VAC,
Annual Vulnerability Monitoring Report,
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The National Disaster Task Force Secretariat has received reports from the Consortium on Non-Governmental Organizations distributing food aid in all the drought stricken areas. The reports cover the end of phase one distribution indicating that close to 100,000 hunger victims have been provided with relief assistance.