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01 Jul 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in May, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

01 Jul 2015 description

National wheat production is expected to be greater than the last two years

KEY MESSAGES

  • National wheat production in Afghanistan is likely to be above the last two years, due to relatively favorable weather and precipitation, which has resulted in increased cultivation of both rain-fed and irrigated wheat.

01 Jul 2015 description

Geneva, 01.07.2015

Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record

01 Jul 2015 description

UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL HERVÉ LADSOUS AND CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC’S MINISTER OF DEFENCE INAUGURATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE KASSAI CENTRAL ARMOURY

On 27 April, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, joined the Minister of Defence of the Central African Republic, Marie-Noelle Koara, to initiate construction of the Camp Kassai Central Armoury in Bangui.

01 Jul 2015 description

The Afghan Government adopted a National Action Plan on 30 June, which will implement the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – Women, Peace & Security. The resolution stresses the rights and status of women in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

There has been close cooperation between Finland and Afghanistan in the preparation of the Action Plan. Finland has allocated development cooperation funds to support the preparatory process for over four years.

30 Jun 2015 description

Published: June 29, 2015
By: Moeed Yusuf and Scott Smith

30 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 24–30 June 2015

Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.

South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

30 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • The pace of general and food inflation in the region slowed in May increasing 2.7 and 2.5 percent, respectively.

  • In Afghanistan, greater internal displacements of food insecure populations are expected in the coming winter because of insufficient food availability and barriers to food access.

  • Stabilization policy efforts in India continue to mitigate the price volatility of vegetables, in particular for onion and potato.

30 Jun 2015 description

With a cost of eight million and 160 thousand Afs a bridge project 28.2-m in length was recently completed in Khost province by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

According to Eng. Mohammad Usman Mahidi, Provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director the bridge connects east of Khost province with its west. The project has also paved the ground for the local residents to gain access to valuable transportation facilities.

30 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

Expressing concern over the plight of millions of Afghan refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called on the international community to boost its engagement, employ innovative solutions and pro-active joint advocacy to end the world’s largest prolonged humanitarian crisis.

30 Jun 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan - 18:23 GMT Suicide attackers Tuesday targeted NATO troops in Kabul and a police headquarters in restive southern Afghanistan, killing four people and wounding almost 60 as the Taliban's bloody summer offensive showed no signs of letting up.

A powerful blast echoed around the Afghan capital as a suicide car bomber hit a NATO military convoy on the main road to the airport, around 500 metres (550 yards) from the US embassy, killing at least two Afghan civilians and wounding around 17.

30 Jun 2015 description

KABUL, 28th June, 2015 (WAM) -- The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation, in cooperation with the UAE Embassy in Kabul, has implemented its Iftar Project in the Afghani capital under the supervision of the Standing Committee for Humanitarian and Development Aid in Afghanistan.

The foundation will continue to provide Iftar meals for the underprivileged during the Holy Month of Ramadan to bring the number of beneficiaries to about ten thousand during the fasting month.

30 Jun 2015 description
map iMMAP

A network service area is a region that encompasses all accessible streets (that is, streets that are within a specified impedance). Service areas created by Network Analyst also help evaluate accessibility. A network service area can be used to estimated how many settlements, people or any other data is within or outside the targeted region.

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30 Jun 2015 description

Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.

29 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

29 June 2015 – The international community must not take its “eye off the ball” when it comes to Afghanistan, the top United Nations envoy there has warned, noting that the country faces numerous challenges that will take quite a bit of time to tackle.

29 Jun 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

Foreign Donors Should Press to Minimize Civilian Harm, Bring Abusers to Justice

(New York, June 30, 2015) – Afghan President Ashraf Ghani should denounce remarks by the chief of the army offering soldiers protection from punishment for war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Ghani, who is commander-in-chief of the Afghan armed forces, should recommit the country’s security forces to respect the laws of war and put commanders on notice that suggesting otherwise will subject them to disciplinary measures.