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05 Jul 2016 description

With the Zika virus spreading its wings across the region, Minister of Health and the Environment, Molwyn Joseph has announced that 1.2 million dollars has now been made available to help keep the Zika virus at bay.

Joseph made the disclosure during a national clean-up symposium at his Redcliffe Street Office.

The meeting attracted key representatives from the Central Board of Health, the Antigua and Barbuda Defense Force, the National Solid Waste Management Authority, the Royal Police Force and other Ministry of Health technicians.

05 Jul 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

30 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


ZIKV continues to spread: 61 countries or territories around the world report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; 40 of these are in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region.

5 LAC countries have reported person-toperson ZIKV transmission, probably via a sexual route.

Over 454,976 suspected/confirmed ZIKV cases in the LAC region as of 24 June 2016.

21 Jun 2016 description

The Caribbean must prepare for increased drought due to climate change

Agriculture is the sector most vulnerable to the seasonal nature of drought.

21st of June 2016, Barbados – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other climate related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, FAO said today.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 May 2016 description

Este boletín analiza la seguridad alimentaria, la producción y comercio de cereales y las políticas de los países referidas a la seguridad alimentaria durante el primer trimestre de 2016.

Mensajes Principales

11 May 2016 description

Mensajes principales

•El escenario económico internacional continúa siendo preocupante para la América Latina y el Caribe, sin embargo sus implicancias difieren entre países dependiendo, en parte, de cual sea su vinculación comercial con las grandes economías del mundo. Para el presente año se espera que la región presente una contracción de su economía de -0,5% y se proyecta para 2017 un repunte con una tasa de crecimiento de 1,5%.

25 Apr 2016 description

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.

15 Apr 2016 description

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.

03 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 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.

19 Mar 2016 description

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.


20 Feb 2016 description

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.

16 Feb 2016 description

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.