Background and purpose
The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.
FAO is supporting livelihoods resilience to threats, crises and climate change in thirteen countries in the Caribbean.
April 14th 2016, Santiago, Chile – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) are developing a new programme to increase livelihoods resilience to threats and crisis and the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security.
BRAZIL: UNICEF carried out 23 trainings on the new UNICEF Seal strategic action against the Aedes aegypti mosquito with the participation of 2,258 people (including 730 adolescents) from 681 municipalities in 9 states.
COLOMBIA: UNICEF is coordinating mobilization actions reaching 354 schools and training 500 teachers on community engagement methods and solid waste management.
Washington, United States | AFP | Saturday 3/19/2016 - 11:58 GMT
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda Saturday, US experts said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage or injury.
The strong quake, which struck at 7:26 am (1126 GMT), was at a depth of 24 kilometers (15 miles) with its epicenter located 153 kilometers northeast of the capital of Saint John's, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue and alert.
St. John, Antigua, February 18th, 2016 (NODS) - Antigua and Barbuda and Japan have signed an agreement that will result in the country’s disaster management programme benefiting from a 10 million Yen grant aid.
Several items to include a Land Search and Rescue vehicle, storage for Disaster Response Equipment, multi-sensor weather stations, megaphones and Personal Protective Equipment will be distributed to the District Disaster Coordinators, the Antigua and Barbuda Fire Department, the Met Office and the Ministry of Education.
Several Participating States in the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) system have been placed under immediate drought watch or warning for 2016. The drought situation remains a major concern for many countries due to the below-normal rainfall recorded during the previous dry and wet seasons, which resulted in a number of countries experiencing water shortages in 2015.
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Petrocaribe: 10 años fortaleciendo la seguridad alimentaria del Caribe y Centroamérica
Nueva publicación analiza las principales lecciones del acuerdo de integración regional que ha sostenido más de un centenar de programas.
Países caribeños de CARICOM muestran progreso en el cumplimiento de los objetivos globales de hambre, según la FAO
Subalimentación en el Caribe disminuyó de 8,1 millones en 1990-92 a 7,5 millones en 2014-16.
Caribbean CARICOM countries show progress in meeting global hunger targets, according to FAO report
Undernourishment in the Caribbean declined from 8.1 million in 1990-92 to 7.5 million in 2014-16. Three Caribbean Community countries – Barbados, Guyana and St Vincent and the Grenadines –met both the World Food Summit (WFS) hunger reduction goal set in 1996 and the hunger reduction target of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000.
ST. JOHN'S, Antigua, Dec 5 2015 (IPS) - Antiguan Veronica Yearwood no longer panics when she hears that the rainfall forecast for the tiny Caribbean island is again lower than average rainfall.
Not because she is a hydrologist in the water department of the Antigua Public Utilities Authority. “We went passed that stage. We did panic, but we have now settled down to the reality that the drought is really going to be a very bad one; it’s not going to end tomorrow,” she told IPS.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).