Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Coronavirus - Sudan: Floods Flash Update

Ongoing heavy rainfall hampers crop production, increases risk of disease outbreaks and poses more obstacles to Government and partners’ efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

HIGHLIGHTS Heavy rains over the past week have led to flash and riverine flooding in different parts of Sudan, with Khartoum, Blue Nile and River Nile states amongst the hardest-hit. The storms have destroyed houses and displaced people, especially in the Blue Nile, where several hectares of crops have been…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Coronavirus - Malawi: Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Brief - Malawi (03 August-2020)

Estimated 1.9 million people in need of food assistance in first quarter of 2020; food insecurity conditions likely to worsen due to effects of COVID‑19

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Cereal production in 2020 estimated at bumper level, helping to bolster households’ food supplies and keeping national import requirements at below‑average level in 2020/21 Prices of maize decreased seasonally from March 2020, but remained higher on yearly basis as of June Estimated 1.9 million people in need…

Source: South African Government |

Coronavirus - South Africa: Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 update for 2 August

The Western Cape has recorded an additional 35 deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in the province to 3105

As of 1pm on 2 August, the Western Cape has 10 630 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 94 691 confirmed cases and 80 956 recoveries. Total confirmed COVID-19 cases 94691 Total recoveries 80956 Total deaths 3105 Total active cases (currently infected patients) 10630 Tests conducted 421358 Hospitalisations 1450…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - led global COVID-19 Food Coalition gains momentum

Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardizing food access in developed and developing countries alike

The Italian government-proposed initiative aims to tackle the long-term impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture, engaging more countries to support the efforts The COVID-19 Food Coalition, launched by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, is gaining momentum, as more countries are joining the initiative in an effort…

Source: UN News |

Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: Ravages of acute hunger will likely hit six in 10 in Zimbabwe - World Food Programme (WFP)

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe

The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on Thursday. In an appeal for an additional $250 million to support emergency relief for…

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IKEA Foundation contributes $3.5 million to support Food and Agriculture Organization''s (FAO) work with refugees and host communities in eastern Africa

Initiative seeks to increase self-reliance of vulnerable populations and lay the groundwork for increased agribusiness investment

A $3.5 million dollar contribution from the IKEA Foundation will support efforts by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to empower refugees and their host communities in one of the world's largest displacement crises. The partnership will help vulnerable populations in Kenya and Uganda to generate…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Kampala |

Coronavirus: Ugandan – German Government Negotiations

Germany is a main contributor to multilateral emergency funds aiming to mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic

Uganda and Germany today successfully concluded government negotiations on the framework for development cooperation for the next two years. Germany committed a total of EUR 58.4 million in grants. Another EUR 15.0 million in grants is envisaged for the public finance management reform programme following the approval of the German…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Road to Annual Meetings: South African villagers find fresh water in ancient mountain springs

After undertaking a cost analysis of equipment to supply water from springs to village, community members pooled funds to buy it, and set up their water scheme

The village of Tsakhuma in the Vhembe district of South Africa’s Limpopo region is proof positive that communities can find solutions to their problems. Like many rural areas in South Africa, Tsakhuma lacked access to water for bathing, cooking, washing and chores, and the burden of fetching water fell on…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Africa: UNICEF - An additional 6.7 million children under 5 could suffer from wasting this year due to COVID-19

Wasting is a life-threatening form of malnutrition, which makes children too thin and weak, and puts them at greater risk of dying, poor growth, development and learning

An additional 6.7 million children under the age of five could suffer from wasting – and therefore become dangerously undernourished – in 2020 as a result of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF warned today. According to an analysis published in The Lancet, 80 per cent of these…

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VC4A announces 2020 ‘Venture Showcase - Seed’ in partnership with AWS Activate, AfriLabs and ABAN

Via this campaign VC4A will select 10 innovative early-stage startups to showcase their business to the world

VC4A (https://VC4A.com/) is calling for African startups looking to raise between $150K and $1M. In proud collaboration with technical partner AWS Activate, and network partners AfriLabs and ABAN, VC4A will be hosting the exclusive ‘Venture Showcase - Seed (https://bit.ly/2D9XODn)’ in November as part of a virtual gathering of Africa-focused early-stage…