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    • Regional Situation Update on the El Niño-Induced Drought - Issue 03: 24 October 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-10-24

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters


      The negative impacts of the El Nino induced drought, the worst in 35 years, which has caused a humanitarian crisis affecting 39 million people or 13% of SADC population, continues to intensify. Several factors including depleted food reserves, rising food prices, lower commodity prices, slowing economic growth among other key factors, are exacerbating the situation. Staple food prices are rising due to the generally poor crop production over the past two years. The Regional cereal deficit currently stands at close to 7.4 metric tonnes and is 11% below the five year average dropping from 29 million tonnes in 2015 to 26 million tonnes in 2016 (figures exclude Mauritius and Seychelles). The majority of the population is now entirely dependent on the markets for food.

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    • SADC Agromet Update Issue-01 - 2016-2017 Season

      Date Signed: 2016-09-26

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters

      Issues: Issues, Environment & Sustainable Development

      Themes: Themes, Agriculture & Food Security, Agricultural Information


      The Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) was held from 24 to 26 August 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe to present a seasonal rainfall forecast for the 2016/2017 season over the SADC region. A series of rainfall outlooks covering the period October 2016 to March 2017 was prepared by climate scientists from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the SADC region and the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC).

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    • SADC Regional Situation Update on El Niño-Induced Drought Issue 02: 16 Sep 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-09-16

      Type: Documents & Publications, Newsletters


      In response to the impacts of the drought experienced in most parts of the Region during the 2016/17 rainfall season, six Member States (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe) have declared national drought emergencies while two Member States have declared partial drought disasters. South Africa (8 of the country’s 9 provinces.) and Mozambique (red alert for some southern and central areas). At the Regional level, SADC has declared a Regional Drought Disaster and has issued a Regional Humanitarian Appeal. The Appeal is seeking local and international assistance to cover a response plan funding gap of US$2.5 billion for an estimated 41m affected people (about 14% of total SADC population), with 26m requiring immediate humanitarian assistance.

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