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2018/19 El Niño Response Plan for Southern Africa | Short version

Increasing the resilience of agriculture-based livelihoods to enhance food security and nutrition










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    In view of the potential impact of the 2018/19 El Niño on food security and agriculture, high risk countries in Southern Africa, Horn of Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America should be prioritized for further monitoring, analysis and early action. This Advisory on the 2018/19 El Niño, issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), provides a historical impact overview and latest forecasts for a better understanding of the El Niño patterns and its potential effects on the agricultural sector in the different regions globally. It also offers specific early action recommendations to promote the understanding that impacts of El Niño can be mitigated before they generate large scale food security emergencies.
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    Southern Africa Resilience Strategy 2018–2021 2018
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    Southern Africa is subject to multiple, frequent, and compounded shocks and stressors that prevent communities from fully recovering from crises, thereby deepening their vulnerability. This vulnerability was particularly exposed during the El Niño-induced drought in 2015–2016: the worst in the region for 35 years, it devastated local food systems and severely undermined the agriculture-based livelihoods of the region’s predominantly rural population. This Strategy aims to increase the resilience of agricultural livelihoods to contribute to enhanced food security and nutrition in Southern Africa through multisectoral, multi-hazard and multistakeholder consultations and joint interventions. An inclusive consultative process with vulnerable communities and key stakeholders on resilience policies and approaches will be the foundation of local ownership and will ensure the success of resilience interventions in the region.
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    2018/19 Drought- Preparedness & Response Plan for Lesotho 2019
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    Lesotho is a semi-arid country whose main livelihood activities include subsistence farming and livestock rearing. Rural communities across the country are among the poorest, usually negatively affected by natural hazards, socioeconomic and demographic trends, low agricultural productivity and diminishing and increasingly degraded agricultural land. The country has not fully recovered from one of the recent El Niño weather phenomenon that resulted in a poor performance of the 2015/16 season that hit the country. Now, farmers and agro-pastoralists across the country are facing drought conditions or the second time in three years. A countrywide multi-sectoral rapid assessment which was launched in February 2019 by the Disaster Management Authority (DMA) and the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis Committee (LVAC) predicts that 487,857 people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance due to delayed and below-average harvest. The flyer explains what the current drought conditions are in Lesotho, and gives the objective of FAO in responding to the drought, as well as the key figures such as number of affected people in rural areas, number of affected people in urban areas, the number of people targeted by FAO for assistance, and the amounts mobilized and funding gaps.

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