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31 Jul 2015 description

Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia

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Central Asia Weather Hazards

  1. High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Marcy Nicholson

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) - The number of children working on cocoa farms in the world's top producer Ivory Coast is on the rise as production climbs, a Tulane University report showed on Thursday, ramping up pressure on chocolate companies to ethically source beans.

Child labor on cocoa farms in Ghana, the world's second biggest producer, has dropped.

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30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description

Religious radicalism in Côte d’Ivoire has not, for the moment, reached the scale seen elsewhere in the region. However, the country is not immune to the phenomenon. One example is the influence that Pentecostalists had on the hardline posture adopted by the former regime of Laurent Gbagbo during the 2010-11 post-electoral crisis. The existence of a Wahhabi Islam current in the country, together with the adhesion of the great majority of Lebanese living in Côte d’Ivoire to the Hezbollah movement in the Middle East, further underline the need to be increasingly vigilant on this issue.

30 Jul 2015 description

This book seeks to critically examine the challenges of fragility and security in West Africa, along with the factors of resilience. It seeks to investigate key drivers of conflict and violence, and the way in which they impact the countries of the subregion. Along with emerging threats and challenges, these include the challenge of youth inclusion; migration; regional imbalances; extractives; the fragility of political institutions and managing the competition for power; security; and land.

29 Jul 2015 description

Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region

Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.

28 Jul 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Malabo, 20 July 2015. In an effort to provide a sub-regional scope to address cross border issues, the Mano River Union (MRU) and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the margins of the International Conference on Africa’s Fight against Ebola.

The MoU provides the framework for the identification and implementation of activities to be undertaken in or by the four member states, namely Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

27 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 28 juin 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (AOC) a enregistré environ 10 054 cas et 204 décès (Let. = 2.0%) de choléra dans 7 pays. Comparativement à la même époque en 2014, on note dans la région 71% de cas rapportés en moins.

26 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 26 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Cinq ans après l’élection présidentielle contestée de 2010 en Côte d’Ivoire, qui a plongé le pays dans une agitation qui a fait plus de 3 000 morts, la population s’apprête à reprendre le chemin des urnes. Va-t-on assister à de nouveaux troubles à l’occasion de cette nouvelle élection prévue pour octobre, ou ce pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest va-t-il tourner la page et aller de l’avant ?

24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

22 Jul 2015 description

Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 23 – 30, 2015

  • A delayed onset of rainfall is leading to abnormally dry conditions in Chad as well as Senegal and Gambia.

  • Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.

22 Jul 2015 description
report Caritas

Yamoussoukro, le 21 juillet 2015 (caritasdev.cd): Des experts de la Côte d'Ivoire et de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont réunis lundi 20 juillet à Yamoussoukro (centre, 230 km d'Abidjan) en vue d'harmoniser et de valider leurs procédures opérationnelles de lutte contre la maladie à virus Ebola qui continue de sévir en Afrique de l'Ouest.

21 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

ABIDJAN, 21 July 2015 (IRIN) - Five years after Côte d’Ivoire’s disputed presidential election threw the country into turmoil and left more than 3,000 dead, its people are set to go to the polls again. Could we see similar unrest this October or will the West African nation turn the page and move forward?

Former president Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to quit when declared the loser of the 2010 election to Alassane Ouattara, is now in The Hague charged by the International Criminal Court (ICC) with crimes against humanity.

21 Jul 2015 description
report UN News Service

L'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et l'agriculture a lancé un appel lundi pour 20 millions de dollars afin de financer les opérations d’intervention et de prévention suite à l’apparition de foyers du virus H5N1 dans les élevages de volailles, les marchés et les exploitations familiales au Nigéria, au Burkina Faso, au Niger, en Côte d’Ivoire et au Ghana.

21 Jul 2015 description
report Caritas

Yamoussoukro, le 21 juillet 2015 (caritasdev.cd): Des experts de la Côte d'Ivoire et de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) sont réunis lundi 20 juillet à Yamoussoukro (centre, 230 km d'Abidjan) en vue d'harmoniser et de valider leurs procédures opérationnelles de lutte contre la maladie à virus Ebola qui continue de sévir en Afrique de l'Ouest.

21 Jul 2015 description

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire | AFP | mardi 21/07/2015 - 13:39 GMT

Le procès d'officiers ivoiriens pro-Gbagbo accusés d'exactions durant la crise postélectorale de 2010-2011 a été de nouveau renvoyé au lundi 27 juillet du fait de l'absence de l'avocat d'un des principaux prévenus, a constaté l'AFP mardi.

21 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • The West Africa growing season of 2015 is developing under an evolving El Nino event that will peak in late 2015. Historically, this region shows significant linkages between El Nino events and seasonal rainfall deficits particularly in the more marginal areas.

  • The first stages of the season were marked by rainfall deficits across the entire region that have led to delays in the start of the growing season and poor conditions for early crop development.