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GIEWS Country Brief: Armenia 25-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 cereal production expected to decline

  • Cereal imports increased in the 2013/14 marketing year (July/June) but at low levels

  • Prices of wheat products general unchanged in June, while those of potatoes plummeted

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HFA helps Armenia reduce risk

By Andy McElroy

YEREVAN, 16 July 2014 – Armenia’s Minister of Emergency Situations has praised the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) for inspiring “significant progress” in his country’s efforts to reduce disaster risk.

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Armenia + 1 other
Azerbaijani forces kill Karabakh farmer: separatists

07/15/2014 15:19 GMT

YEREVAN, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Azerbaijani troops killed an Armenian farmer in the latest violent confrontation along the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region's volatile frontline, rebel authorities said on Tuesday.

"On July 14 (Monday), Azerbaijani troops shot dead a resident of Karabakh's Askeran district, Arvind Danielyan," the separatist region's prosecutor general said in a statement.

Danielyan "was working the land on a tractor when Azerbaijani forces opened fire".

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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Armenia + 1 other
Armenia: Extreme winter conditions - DREF Operation n° MDRAM002 Final Report

CHF 138,746 was allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Armenian Red Cross Society in responding to the arising needs of Syrian refugees during the extreme winter by delivering assistance to 250 families (about 1,000 beneficiaries). During the operation, warm clothes, shoes and blankets as well as hygiene and sanitary items were provided to the vulnerable population affected by the extreme winter conditions.

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
Living with the Nagorny Karabakh conflict

International Alert has launched a new project called ‘Unheard Voices’, to share the stories of ordinary people whose lives are affected by the Nagorny Karabakh conflict.

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Azerbaijan + 1 other
Azerbaijan, UN mull state of refugees, IDPs

Report
AzerNews

By Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan's parliament members and the UN special envoy on human rights discussed the state of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs.

Deputy Speaker of the parliament Bahar Muradova, chair of the parliament`s social policy committee Hadi Rajabli, and chair of the committee on human rights Rabiyyat Aslanova met visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on May 19, AzerTag news agency reported.

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World + 54 others
Global Overview 2014: People internally displaced by conflict and violence

Report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says this figure equates to a staggering increase of 4.5 million from 2012, signalling a record high for the second year running.

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Armenia + 3 others
Counterpart’s partners prepared to deliver independent disaster relief

Counterpart International's government and local partners in four countries will deliver independent disaster relief after receving $3.78 million worth of emergency supplies. The handover was celebrated at a ceremony in Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan in March and April receiving widespread media coverage.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations in Armenia, the Emergency Management Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Georgia and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance in Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan will resume responsibility for the disaster packages.

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Reducing the Vulnerability of Armenia's Agricultural Systems to Climate Change : Impact Assessment and Adaption Options

Report
World Bank

Within any economy, agriculture is the sector that is most sensitive to climate change. In Armenia, however, the risks are even more pronounced because the majority of the rural population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods. This publication outlines the policy options available to Armenia, based on a rigorous evaluation of the impacts of climate change on agricultural systems. It provides a solid foundation for taking strategic and, in many cases, immediate action to implement climate-smart agriculture in the country.

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World + 40 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 23 - April 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 19% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 1% compared to the previous quarter.

• Nominal prices of maize (-31%), wheat (-8%) and rice (-23%) are significantly below a year ago due to strong supplies.

• Real prices2 of maize are up by 5% since the last quarter of 2013 given a surge in demand and high trade forecasts against comfortable stock levels after 2013 record crops.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Half of refugees being served are children

By Edward Hoyt

In Syria, once the most stable country in the Arab world, civil war rages on. An estimated 6 million Syrians have been uprooted from their homes. More than 2.5 million people have poured into Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and neighboring countries. With women and children making up at least 70 percent of the refugees, the needs of children—many of whom are traumatized—are paramount.

Context

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HALO begins Mineclearance in Armenia and finds First Mine

Report
HALO Trust

HALO began work on 1st April 2014 as the first international NGO to conduct mineclearance in Armenia. A team of HALO deminers, funded by the US Department of State’s Office for Weapons Removal and Abatement, is clearing a minefield in the village of Srashen, near the town of Kapan in Syunik region. The team found its first mine, an OZM-72 bounding fragmentation mine, on 4th April.

The people of Srashen and many other villages around Kapan have lived with the mines for over 20 years since the end of fighting over the neighbouring region of Nagorno Karabakh.

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ACT Alliance: Rapid Response Fund Payment Request No. 04/2014 - Support to conflict affected Syrian families in Armenia

Report
ACT Alliance

Funds Sent To: Armenia Inter-Church Charitable Round Table Foundation (ART)

Amount Sent: 55,000 USD

Date: 7 April 2014

Details of Response

Emergency: Support to Conflict Affected Syrian Families

Date of Emergency: 22 March, 2014

ACT Requesting Member(s): ACT Armenia Forum (ART, UMCOR, ECLOF)

I. NARRATIVE SUMMARY

DETAILS OF THE EMERGENCY

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ACT Alert: Assistance to Internal Displaced People in Kessab, Syria

Report
ACT Alliance

Geneva, 1 April 2014

1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

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Tajikistan + 1 other
OCHA ROCCA Times #1 (January-February 2014)

Highlights of ROCCA activities in January – February 2014

ROCCA will support UNISDR in preparation for the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction consultative meeting on 1-2 April 2014 in Almaty, which will be attended, inter alia, by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Kyrgyzstan + 7 others
Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus: Building a culture of safety through schools

Promoting disaster preparedness through education is crucial not only because children are at risk, but also because they can be effective agents of change.

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Armenia + 2 others
Working together to improve human security in the South Caucasus

Report
Wilton Park

Introduction: Aims and objectives

Background to the South Caucasus

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Partners join to improve children’s health and nutrition in Armenia

Yerevan, Armenia – On February 12, USAID and UNICEF signed a cooperation agreement for a two-year program that will help improve the health and nutrition of Armenian children 0-5 years of age.