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Ejecutivo declara Emergencia Nacional por sequía

San José, 30 de setiembre de 2014. Ante el impacto generado por el fenómeno denominado “El Niño” en la Vertiente del Pacífico y en el Valle Central y la posibilidad de que las condiciones continúen en el primer trimestre del 2015, el Gobierno de la República declaró hoy Estado de Emergencia Nacional por sequía.

El decreto emitido por el Poder Ejecutivo, que cubre los once cantones de la provincia de Guanacaste, cinco de Puntarenas y tres de Alajuela, permitirá al Gobierno poner en marcha acciones concretas para la atención de los sectores afectados por la sequía.

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Guatemala + 6 others
Revisiting the “Thin Months” – A Follow-up Study on the Livelihoods of Mesoamerican Coffee Farmers

Smallholder coffee farmers in Mesoamerica face formidable challenges, including highly variable coffee prices, increasing climate change impacts, and worsening outbreaks of pests and diseases, which contribute to chronic debt and food insecurity. Despite these difficulties, the results of a recent follow-up or longitudinal survey show improvement in key aspects of farmers’ livelihoods, though there is an urgent need to continue working with farmers on these issues.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary September 26 - October 2, 2014 

Rainfall improving in Latin America, with dryness ongoing in parts of West Africa and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Colombia + 15 others
Virus del chikunguya se extiende por América con 10.845 casos confirmados

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El Espectador

Colombia tiene 42 casos autóctonos confirmados, según datos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud.

El virus del chikunguya llegó ya al corazón de Suramérica después de haberse extendido desde el Caribe a Centroamérica y Norteamérica, y, según la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), ya hay 10.845 casos confirmados de esta enfermedad y al menos 113 muertes en todo el continente.

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Guatemala + 21 others
Boletín Trimestral de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional - Abril a Junio 2014

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Producción de cereales de América Latina y el Caribe se mantendrá alta a pesar de leve caída

Producción regional alcanzaría las 220 millones de toneladas para la temporada 2014/2015.

Santiago de Chile, 23 de septiembre de 2014 – Según los pronósticos de la FAO, la producción de cereales en América Latina y el Caribe en la temporada 2014/15 se mantendrá en un nivel alto, superando las 220 millones de toneladas, aunque será 1,4% menor que durante temporada anterior.

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Guatemala + 4 others
GIEWS Update: Central America Drought Update, 19 September 2014

A large number of subsistence farmers in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have suffered partial or total loss of their crops and livestock and are in need of assistance.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary - September 19 - 25, 2014

Above-average rainfall improves conditions across Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Nicaragua + 10 others
The 2014 Rainfall Season: Central and South America

Highlights

• Throughout 2014, the Central American region and northern areas of South America, have suffered significant and generalized rainfall deficits

• These deficits have affected the first growing season from the outset and have been consistent throughout – from April to July only few areas were not in a state of continuing deficitary water supply.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary - September 12 - 18, 2014

Dryness remains despite improved rains in Latin America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

  2. An early cessation of Mar-May seasonal rainfall and an abnormally dry July has hurt crop and pasture conditions in parts of central and northern Ethiopia.

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Guatemala + 8 others
REDLAC Nota Semanal sobre Emergencias - América Latina y el Caribe Año 7 - Volumen 371

Destacados

  • LLUVIAS INTENSAS: Huracán Norbert, convertido en ciclón tropical, deja a su paso por México 3 personas muertas y unos 2,500 damnificados.

  • SEQUÍA: De acuerdo con la Red de Sistemas de Alerta Temprana Contra la Hambruna (FEWS NET), la sequía agravará en los próximos meses la situación de inseguridad alimentaria en Centroamérica.

  • MIGRACIÓN: En los últimos días, han sido deportados desde EEUU 31 hondureños que trataban de entrar al país de forma ilegal (16 de ellos son menores de edad y 15 mujeres).

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Guatemala + 4 others
Sequía causará graves problemas en Centroamérica

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Redhum

La sequía que afecta a países de Centroamérica, sin precedentes en 40 años, podría generar problemas alimentarios sobre todo para la población vulnerable de Honduras, Guatemala y El Salvador, y en menor medida de Nicaragua y Costa Rica.

Una Red de Sistemas de Alerta Temprana Contra la Hambruna (FEWS NET), financiado por la agencia estadunidense para la cooperación y el desarrollo, anticipó que las afectaciones "agravarán la situación de seguridad alimentaria" en los próximos meses.

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World + 7 others
Central America is world's first cluster bomb-free region

09/02/2014 23:57 GMT

SAN JOSÉ, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - From Guatemala down to Panama, Central America has become the world's first region to declare itself free from cluster bombs, officials said Tuesday.

The weapons, which eject explosive bomblets, have killed some 55,000 people worldwide in the past five years, experts say.

Belize's accession to the treaty banning them means they join the rest of Central America -- Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

Agence France-Presse:

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Costa Rica + 14 others
Community water managers seek strengthening and development

San Jose, Costa Rica (September 1st, 2014) — To achieve greater recognition and strengthen community water management is one of the objectives of the V Latin American Meeting that will bring together more than 400 managers from 15 countries, in San Carlos, Costa Rica.

Representatives from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica will attend the meeting to be held from September 9 to 11.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 29 - September 4, 2014

Rainfall expected to alleviate some dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Situación y acciones tomadas por los países de la Región del SICA sobre la sequía y sus efectos en la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SAN) - Resumen de información disponible al 20 de agosto de 2014

El Programa Regional de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional para Centroamérica, segunda fase (PRESANCA II) y el Programa Regional de Sistemas de Información en Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (PRESISAN) ponen a disposición de los tomadores de decisiones y público en general el documento: “Situación y acciones tomadas por los países de la Región del SICA sobre la sequía y sus efectos en la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SAN). Resumen de información disponible al 20 de agosto 2014”.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 22-28, 2014

Dryness expected to continue in much of Central America, Haiti, and Central Asia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since early June, poor rainfall distribution has delayed planting and hurt crop development in northeastern Nigeria. Although an increase in rainfall was observed recently, continued favorable rainfall amounts are needed to overcome long-term deficits.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 15-21, 2014

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Severe dryness persists in Latin America and Haiti, with flooding in Sudan and South Sudan

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, abnormally dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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Nicaragua + 4 others
GIEWS Update: Central America: Prospects for the 2014 main season cereal production deteriorated with dry weather in July. Large numbers of small farmers affected

Harvesting of the 2014 main de primera basic grains season, mainly maize, but also rice and beans, has just started in the subregion. Despite generally favourable rains from May to June, an unusual earlier and extended canicula - a recurrent dry period of about 10 days that occurs around July/August - has negatively affected crops in the final stages of development. Most affected is the area known as the Dry Corridor, where severe localized losses are reported. Reductions in the 2014 maize outputs are anticipated in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

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Costa Rica prepara ejercicio para atender efectos de un gran terremoto

San José, 7 de agosto de 2014. La Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE) viene preparando la realización de un gran ejercicio de simulación de terremoto urbano donde sea necesario solicitar la asistencia internacional.

Este eventos, que se realizará del 2 al 5 de setiembre, permite a los países miembros del Grupo Asesor Internacional de Búsqueda y Rescate (INSARAG) practicar todos los diferentes componentes involucrados en la coordinación de la respuesta internacional, entre las autoridades nacionales y locales del país anfitrión.