Press Releases and Statements

11 Feb 2013
CERF helps flood-affected in Mozambique

(Johannesburg, 11 February 2013): Heavy and persistent rains in January have led to massive flooding in southern Mozambique, killing 105 people and temporarily displacing an estimated 150,000 people. Hundreds of houses were destroyed and crops and infrastructure were severely damaged. More reports are being received as affected communities are reached. In addition, new floods in the central and northern regions of the country have already temporarily displaced an additional...

15 Jan 2013
CERF Helps fight Food Insecurity in Malawi

(Johannesburg, 15 January 2013): The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has approved the disbursement of US$3.2 million to fight widespread food insecurity in Malawi – a country where more than half of the population lives on less than $0.32 a day and around 46 per cent of children under age five are stunted.

Due to dry spells during critical stages of crop development, an estimated 1.97 million people – 13 per cent of Malawi’s total population of 15.38 million...

24 Aug 2012
Funding helps to kick start humanitarian response to drought crisis in Lesotho

United Nations works with Government to respond

24 August 2012 (OCHA ROSA, Johannesburg): In response to a more than 70 per cent reduction in domestic agricultural production in Lesotho that has put more than 725,000 people, over a third of the population, at risk of food insecurity, the United Nations today announced funding of US$6.2 million to respond to the mounting humanitarian crisis. The funds, allocated from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (...

23 Jun 2012
CERF gives $5 million for people affected by drought and food insecurity in Angola

22 June 2012: Angola has recently been impacted by drought in portions of the country due to a significant decrease in rainfall, which has adversely affected the food security of vulnerable households and malnutrition levels. According to Government assessments, an estimated 366,780 households, or some 1.8 million people are affected by drought in 11 provinces. A nutrition survey conducted in 10 provinces in April and March 2012 revealed that more than 533,000 children...

16 May 2012
CERF gives $2.5 million for flood-affected people in Comoros

14 May 2012: In March and April 2012, Comoros was hit by severe flooding associated with heavy rainfall throughout the territory. The floodwaters cut off access to affected communities and destroyed roads and other infrastructure making the delivery of humanitarian aid difficult. Government and United Nations assessments revealed that some 137,000 people have been affected by the emergency and some 1,800 houses were completely destroyed, while many more were damaged. More...