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CAPE TOWN à vendre Homme Nike Air Vapormax 2018 Bordeaux Rouge Noir , Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Lesotho's Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili on Friday appealed for emergency aid as a severe drought in the country intensified, putting some 650, 000 people at risk of starvation.
Most of those at risk from Lesotho's two million population are children, breastfeeding mothers and HIV patients, said the prime minister, appealing to development partners to come to the aid of his country.
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"Very little of such ploughing has happened. I have never seen so many fields lie fallow in a cropping season in this country," he said.
According to the prime minister, Lesotho needs an additional 450 million rand, or about 28 million US dollars to respond to the severe drought.
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"Livestock diseases such as anthrax were being observed in some parts of the country even areas where such outbreaks are rare."
Lesotho is one of the Southern African countries hard hit by a persistent drought.
The World Food Program (WFP) estimated last month that 14 million people are facing hunger in Southern Africa due to prolonged dry spells that led to a poor harvest last year.
The WFP said the El Nino global weather event is leading to even worse drought across the region, which is already affecting this year's crop.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- A joint statement by two UN agencies and their partners warned that southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought caused by the worst El Nino event in half a century.
While addressing a daily news briefing held here Friday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the warning was given by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and partners in the statement on the impact of El Nino on southern Africa's harvests and food security.
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"While it is too early to provide detailed estimates of the population likely to be food-insecure in 2016-2017, it is expected that the population in need of emergency food assistance and livelihood recovery support will increase significantly," he said.
Much of the southern African sub-region has consequently experienced significant delays in planting and very poor conditions for early crop development and pasture re-growth. In many areas, planting has not been possible due to 30 to 50 day delays in the onset of seasonal rains, resulting in widespread crop failure Acheter Femme Homme Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Grise , according to the agencies.
Although there has been some relief since mid-January in certain areas, the agencies warned that the window of opportunity for the successful planting of crops under rain-fed conditions is nearly closed. Even assuming normal rainfall for the remainder of the season, cropwater balance models indicate poor performance of maize over a widespread area.
Seasonal forecasts from a variety of sources are unanimous in predicting a continuation of below-average rainfall and above-average temperatures across most of the region for the remainder of the growing season.
The combination of a poor 2014-2015 season, an extremely dry early season (October to December), and forecasts for continuing hot and drier-than-average conditions through mid-2016, suggest a scenario of extensive Homme Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 2018 Olive Vert Achat , regional-scale crop failure.
Drought emergencies have been declared in most of South Africa's provinces as well as in Zimbabwe and Lesotho. Water authorities in Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa and Namibia are limiting water usage because of low water levels. Power outages have been occurring in Zambia and Zimbabwe as water levels at the Kariba Dam have become much lower than usual.
In the short term, the agencies recommend continued close monitoring of the season to inform decision-makers on programming and targeting; immediate additional assistance to help currently food-insecure households; updating of contingency plans, intensification of advocacy and resource mobilization to address the impact of an extended post-2016 harvest lean season; and increased awareness of the need for a regional approach to address the effects of the drought that is becoming more frequent and intense.