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28 Feb 2015 description

Karachi, February 27, 2015 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.

28 Feb 2015 description

Risk Reduction Management Centers, a successful initiative in hurricane-prone Cuba, are being scaled up across partnering Caribbean states.

With a population of 36 million, the Caribbean region is home to a diverse array of languages and cultures, to islands large and small, to major coastal cities and small mountain villages. But for all its diversity, its countries and territories share an important trait – exposure to a yearly hurricane season that can, at times, have devastating impacts.

28 Feb 2015 description

Lagos, Nigeria | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 03:34 GMT

by Phil HAZLEWOOD

Bomb attacks in Nigerian towns and cities look likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against Boko Haram in captured territory.

At least 86 people were killed in explosions blamed on Boko Haram this week alone, all of them at crowded bus stations in the northeast, wider north and also in the country's central region.

28 Feb 2015 description

SG/SM/16553-AFR/3085

La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd’hui par le Porte-parole de M. Ban Ki-moon, Secrétaire général de l’ONU:

Le Secrétaire général condamne à nouveau fermement les attaques continues aveugles et atroces de Boko Haram contre les populations civiles du Cameroun, du Tchad, du Niger et du Nigéria. L’enlèvement et le recrutement d’enfants, y compris comme auteurs d’attentats-suicide, est particulièrement odieux.

28 Feb 2015 description

Women need to be at the center of all efforts to help Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone recover from the Ebola crisis, according to a study by UNDP.

The epidemic has affected women disproportionately because of the essential role they play as caretakers, health personnel, farmers and small traders. For instance, as of December 2014, women represented 62 percent of the sick in Guéckédou, Guinea where the epidemic first appeared, and up to 74 percent in Télémilé, north of the capital Conakry.

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2014 wheat harvest is estimated to have recovered from last year’s reduced level

  • Wheat imports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (October/September)

  • Prices of wheat flour were generally stable in January but at record levels

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary production forecasts point sharp reduction in 2015 maize crop, due to dry weather

  • Following favourable supply situation in 2014/15 (May/April), lower production forecast for 2015 is expected to result in tighter supply situation and low export availabilities

  • Maize prices increased rapidly in last month in response to unfavourable production prospects. However, overall good supply situation in 2014/15 has maintained prices below their year-earlier levels

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 main season “Maha” rice crop forecast to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Considerably higher rice imports estimates for 2014

  • Rice prices remain at near-record levels, while those of wheat are stable

  • Recent floods affected food availability in localized areas

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable production prospects for 2015 maize crops despite lower plantings

  • Cereal production in 2014 reached record levels

  • Maize exports in 2014/15 marketing year (March/February) forecast at record level

  • Wheat exports forecast at three-year high in 2014/15 marketing year (December/November)

  • Wheat flour and maize prices declined in January

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Maize production in 2015 is forecast at high levels despite lower planting

  • Aggregate cereal production in 2014 remained close to record levels

  • Maize exports forecast to decrease in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Yellow maize prices decline in February, wheat flour prices at multi-year lows

  • Below average rainfall levels cause drought in South-East and North-East regions

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • 2015 “Rabi” season wheat production officially forecast close to last year’s record level

  • Poor monsoon rains reduced 2014 “Kharif” season cereal production

  • Cereal exports forecast to decrease considerably in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice and wheat prices were generally stable in recent months, despite increases in some markets

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above-average cereal production in 2014, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Access to food constrained by high inflation rate

28 Feb 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Another above-average cereal crop was gathered in 2014

  • Cereal prices stable or declining, reflecting adequate regional supplies

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed mostly for Malian refugees in northern Sahel region

28 Feb 2015 description

Department of Pando, Cachuelita Baja, municipality of Porvenir. Overflow of the Tahuamanu River damages 50% of the crops in Porvenir and isolates Filadelfia. Nearly 1,358 evacuated families and 5,000 affected in the entire department. The Government is assisting in the cleaning process of the areas affected by the flood and is also bringing food to the affected families. (os.: MINDEF); (m.: EL-DEBER).

28 Feb 2015 description

Province of Córdoba. Floods update, more than 800 people continued evacuated in the province as a result of yesterday’s storm. Around 100 new evacuations were necessary in Santiago Temple and in La Tordilla, two of the most affected localities as reported by the Civil Defense. (os.: CBA.GOV.AR); (m.: CLARIN).

28 Feb 2015 description
report UN News Service

27 February 2015 – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said today that it is closely monitoring the critical situation in Yemen where the political dialogue is faltering and urged a meaningful dialogue to avoid further instability.

“In the context of the many mass demonstrations over the past few months, we have documented a number of unlawful arrests, arbitrary detention and the targeting of journalists,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani at a press briefing in Geneva this afternoon.

28 Feb 2015 description
report UN Security Council

SC/11803

7395th Meeting (AM)
Security Council

Strong United Nations Support Urged for Mission Whose Duties ‘Come Close’ to Those of Peacekeeping

28 Feb 2015 description

SG/SM/16553-AFR/3085

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. The abduction and use of children, including as “suicide bombers”, is particularly abhorrent.

28 Feb 2015 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation

Spanning a total of 5 long, yet paradoxically brief, though painful and arduous years of traversing this fragile and often times broken road towards recovery, this tattered road, despite its cracks and holes, is still in tact with many a travelers still walking upon it. After being struck by the massive earthquake 5 years ago, Haiti and its supporters have continuously shown that despite setbacks and challenges, the will to stand is yet still strong. From individuals to communities, from non-profit humanitarian groups to foreign governments, support for Haiti continues.

28 Feb 2015 description

Kiev, Ukraine | AFP | Thursday 2/28/2015 - 04:19 GMT

by Max DELANY

International monitors said the conflict in Ukraine was at a "crossroads" as further losses among government forces rattled a two-week-old truce just as it seemed to be gaining traction.

The deaths of three Ukrainian soldiers after a two-day lull in clashes with pro-Russian separatists highlighted the fragility of the ceasefire as the UN said some five million people needed humanitarian aid due to the conflict.