Revised bird flu response and management plan for Southern Africa

Southern African countries have updated the regional preparedness and response plan for the management and control of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 following the outbreak that devastated the poultry industry in 2017. The updated plan was crafted by regional experts and the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).…

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Southern Africa food outlook bleak – FAO

Southern Africa faces food deficits as a result of prolonged dry spells and fall armyworm, says the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). This comes as the Zambian agricultural think-tank the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI) predicted the climatic and crop disease factors would negatively impact this year’s…

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Dry conditions prevail in Southern Africa

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET) says the abnormally high temperatures experienced over Southern Africa since mid-December have increased evapotranspiration*, increasing the surface area experiencing moisture stress. In its latest Weather Hazards Bulletin for the period 19 January to 28 January, FEWSNET said the combination of intense heat and…

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Drought takes hold in Southern Africa

The discontinuous and irregular rains that have fallen over Southern Africa since October last year have induced the onset of severe moisture stress and created “unfavourable” conditions for the continuation of crop farming. In its latest Weather Hazards Bulletin for the period 12 January to 18 January, the Famine Early…

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