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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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1 August 2014: Pakistan - North Waziristan Agency (NWA) Displacement

SITUATION

• The conflict in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (F.A.T.A.) continues to displace very large numbers of people into the neighbouring districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well as in Khost and Paktika in neighbouring Afghanistan.

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UN welcomes Afghan Government’s endorsement of road map to end recruitment and use of children in National Security Forces

KABUL / NEW YORK, 1 August 2014 – The United Nations today welcomed the Government of Afghanistan’s commitment to end and prevent the recruitment of children in the Afghan national security forces.

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UNAMA welcomes deployment of international observers and experts for Afghan elections audit

KABUL, 1 August 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the deployment of professional international observers and UN experts ahead of the resumption on Saturday of the comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.

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Afghanistan Price Bulletin July 2014

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

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Afghanistan Food Security Outlook July to December 2014

Grain harvest above-average for third consecutive year

KEY MESSAGES

  • The wheat harvest concluded in most of Afghanistan. Farmers and observers report higher production than last year. High elevation areas will harvest through September depending on elevation. For the second crops, planted area is mostly normal, and the crops are developing normally.

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Central Asia Food Security Outlook July 2014

Third consecutive year of above-average grain harvests in Afghanistan and Tajikistan

Key Messages

  • The wheat harvest concluded in most of Afghanistan. Farmers and observers report higher production than last year. High elevation areas will harvest through September depending on elevation. For the second crops, planted area is mostly normal, and the crops are developing normally.

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Afghan election resolution inches forward with audit deal

KABUL, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Afghanistan's floundering attempts to declare a winner of its presidential election inched forward Thursday with a deal allowing an audit of all votes to restart, but the United Nations warned of the risk of further delays.

Alleged fraud during the June 14 election has plunged the country into a crisis as US-led troops wind down their war against Taliban insurgents and President Hamid Karzai prepares to step down after ruling since 2001.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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MSF Provides Humanitarian Aid for North Waziristan Refugees

Tens of thousands of people fleeing major military operations in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan have crossed the border into Afghanistan over the past months, seeking refuge in Khost, Paktia, and Paktika provinces. In response, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) are providing medical and humanitarian aid in Gulan refugee camp, Khost province.

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Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

Key messages:

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Polio this week as of 31 July 2014

  • In Pakistan, three new cases have been reported, including one from Balochistan. It is the first case in this province since October 2012. However, four positive environmental samples were collected in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan, the most recent of which on 20 June. This case is linked to these positive environmental samples, suggesting local circulation of WPV1 this year in this area.

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UNAMA welcomes IEC’s adoption of criteria for invalidation and recount in audit process

KABUL, 30 July 2014 – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomes the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) decision to adopt criteria for the invalidation and recount of ballots as part of the ongoing comprehensive audit of the results of the Presidential election run-off held on 14 June.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 25 July 2014)

Recent security situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan has led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost province in Afghanistan. As of 15 July, 12,340 of the original estimate of 13,0001 displaced families had been assessed. From 16 to 25 July an additional 3,028 families were assessed and reported by UNHCR.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Oxfam Annual Report & Accounts 2013/14

Report
Oxfam

Last year was highly challenging for Oxfam. We responded to 27 devastating emergencies, including a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions in Syria, and supported the efforts of millions of hard-working people facing the injustice of poverty.

All that we do is only possible because of the contributions of our supporters, volunteers, activists, partners, staff, and the communities we work with around the world. Read our Annual Report to find out how we did it.

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.