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Famine Early Warning Systems Network

Famine Early Warning Systems Network

August - September 2003


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Regional food security much better than last year, national food security mixed

2002/03 production of the major staple cereal, maize, was about 10% higher than last year at regional level; although in some countries— notably Zambia, Angola and Malawi—the increases were much greater (see maps, right). Zimbabwe’s maize production, whilst much higher than last year, is still very much below the last 5 and 10 year averages . Regionally, wheat, sorghum and millet production was slightly down on last year; and rice production slightly up. Taking all cereals together, most countries saw either little change (Mozambique, RSA, Swaziland, Tanzania) or large increases. Only in Lesotho was production down significantly compared to last year. Total regional cereal production was 4% above the 1997/98 - 2001/02 average . . .

VAC figures finalized: Comparisons between VAC and EMOP food aid figures show mixed pattern

In July, WFP launched a new regional Emergency Operation (EMOP) entitled Targeted Relief to Vulnerable Households in Southern Africa. This covers the six SADC countries assisted during last year’s emergency operation, namely Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe . . .

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