Press Releases and Statements

24 Jul 2007
Swaziland: Humanitarian community seeks $15.6 million for Swaziland drought relief
(New York: 24 July 2007): The international humanitarian community is requesting $15.6 million to help address humanitarian concerns in Swaziland, which has been hit by the worst drought in 15 years. A national disaster was declared by the Government of Swaziland in June, after the recent maize harvest fell to only 26,000 metric tonnes (MT), making it the worst harvest ever...
11 Jul 2007
Lesotho: Kingdom of Lesotho declares food situation a 'crisis'
(Johannesburg: 11 July 2007): The Kingdom of Lesotho yesterday declared a food security emergency in the country and appealed for international assistance.

The crisis is precipitated by the country's most severe drought in the last 30 years, which slashed the staple maize crop harvest by more than 40 percent. As a result, more than 400,000 people - or a fifth of the population - are in need of emergency food aid.

The Government issued the declaration based on United...

12 Jun 2007
Lesotho: More than 400,000 people face food shortages in Lesotho
(Johannesburg: 12 June 2007): Nearly 400,000 people face severe food shortages due to Lesotho's most severe drought in the last 30 years , according to a UN report.

The report, issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 12 June 2007, estimates that 410,000 people of the country's 1.9 million inhabitants will struggle to meet their basic food needs due to extensive crop failure and exorbitant...

05 Jun 2007
Lesotho: More than 4 million face food shortages in Southern Africa
(New York: 5 June 2005): More than 4 million people in southern Africa are facing serious food shortages, according to a UN report.

The report, issued by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), estimates that by September, about 2.1 million people in Zimbabwe will struggle to meet their basic food needs due to crop failure...

04 Apr 2007
Angola: Recurrent disasters buffet Southern Africa
(Johannesburg, 4 April 2007): Cyclones and flooding continue to batter numerous countries in southern Africa, threatening the lives of over a million vulnerable people. Although regional capacity for disaster and emergency preparedness and response has increased in recent years, the early arrival of the rainy season with unusually heavy rains and an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms have stretched local authorities and humanitarian partners to the limit....