Welcome to Issue 39 of THE ASSESSOR,
WFP’s Food Security Analysis e-Newsletter!
30 March 2015
The horrifying murder of a blogger who was hacked to death in Dhaka this morning, the second violent killing of a Bangladeshi blogger in a month, must be a “wake up call” to the authorities on the need to create a safe environment for journalists and activists to express their views, said Amnesty International.
Washiqur Rahman was killed near his home in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. Two men have been arrested near the scene. Police has said the blogger was attacked for his alleged “anti-Islamic” writings.
The sixth issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at global level, among them the extension of the IPC Global Strategic Programme until 2018, the IPC-Chronic and Nutrition Working Group Meetings, the new IPC Quality Compliance Review Policy and Process, and the development of the IPC GSU Quality Compliance Review and Strategic Engagement Plan.
This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.
WFP aims to achieve significant gains in reducing hunger and undernutrition in the coming years by implementing and developing—through effective partnerships—innovative nutrition and hunger solutions and responding to emergencies.
To underpin the ambitious development agenda of the Government of Bangladesh, WFP focuses on enhancing the Government’s safety net programmes and on mainstreaming nutrition. WFP’s interventions are geographically directed to areas of greatest food insecurity and vulnerability, increasingly to urban slum areas.
On 29 March 2015, the Government of Japan extended grants to three Bangladeshi NGOs.
Ambassador Shiro Sadoshima signed ‘Grant Contracts’ for Grass-roots Human Security Projects at Embassy of Japan with the representatives of these NGOs: Dr. Sk. Akhtar Ahmad, President of Asia Arsenic Network (AAN), Mr. Rasel Ahmed Liton, Chief Executive of SKS Foundation, and Prof. Dr. Hosne-Ara Begum, Executive Director of Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sangha (TMSS).
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Bumper 2015 “boro” paddy crop expected
Cereal imports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast to decrease slightly
Rice and wheat prices decreased in March
Localized food insecurity persists
The 2015 “boro” paddy output forecast higher than last year’s record
Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.
This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.
Vanuatu – Are we communicating with cyclone affected communities?
Myanmar – Rakhine State community focus group discussions.
Philippines - Facebook goes free-of-charge with Smart Communications.
Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.
Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.
This paper reviews the available data on men’s and women’s land rights, identifies what can and cannot be measured by these data, and uses these measures to assess the gaps in the land rights of women and men. Building on the conceptual framework developed in 2014 by Doss et al., we utilize nationally representative individual- and plot-level data from Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste to calculate five indicators: incidence of ownership by sex; distribution of ownership by sex; and distribution of plots, mean plot size, and distribution of land area, all by sex of owner.
L'accès à l'eau potable fait partie des plus grandes réussites des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD) a déclaré l'UNICEF à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l'eau, mais pour 748 millions de personnes dans le monde, l'accès à ce service essentiel demeure un véritable défi. « Depuis 1990, l'accès à l'eau potable s'est considérablement amélioré malgré des obstacles incroyables », a affirmé Sanjay Wijesekera, le chef des programmes mondiaux de l'UNICEF pour l'eau, l'assainissement et l'hygiène.
Water is essential to life. Clean water is vital for drinking, growing food and keeping clean. A person can only survive on average three days without water, and if the water they have is dirty and contaminated, fatal diseases spread quickly and the effects are devastating. At Islamic Relief, we believe in providing Water For Life.
More than three million children to be protected against polio and the leading cause of pneumonia
GENEVA/DHAKA, 21 March 2015 – Two new life-saving vaccines are being introduced today into Bangladesh’s national immunisation programme thanks to support from Gavi, UNICEF, WHO and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners.
In the last two decades there has been a major reduction in undernutrition and a considerable increase in obesity in children in Bangladesh, creating a dual burden of poor nutrition
By Jonathan Fowler
SENDAI, 17 March 2015 – Climate change is a clear and present danger, forcing countries to evolve their policies constantly to keep up, participants at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction said today.
“It’s clear that climate change is going to have dramatic consequences for disaster risk reduction, particularly for poorer countries,” said Mr. Phil Evans, Government Services Director at the United Kingdom’s Met Office.
Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.
The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.
From adapting to climate change in the Himalayas to improving maternal health care for women in Vietnam, exploring how to defuse violence in Pakistani cities, or building new skills for better jobs in Bangladesh, the 2015 edition of Asia Research News provides a snapshot of IDRC-funded research in Asia.
By SARAH MAXMARCH 12, 2015
The Ebola crisis underscored a problem that vexes experts in global health: Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective ways to save lives, especially in developing countries, yet traditional vaccines can take years to develop.
Read the story on the New York Times
DRR in 2015
During 1990-2008 the Bangladesh incurred an average annual loss equal to 1.8% of the GDP due to natural disasters. Nevertheless, the country has made considerable and significant development gains over the last 10 years.