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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
The World Bank mobilizes additional funds to help Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa

World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved an additional International Development Association (IDA)* credit of US$75 million to improve the livelihoods and resilience of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa. It will also help to strengthen the organizational capacity of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional organization that works to promote regional cooperation, including the sustainable development of pastoralism in the Horn of Africa

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Ethiopia + 1 other
Ethiopia: EU increases humanitarian funding for refugees

Summary: 23 October 2014, Brussels - The European Commission is providing an additional €5 million to respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees in Ethiopia. The country has become the largest refugee-hosting nation in Africa: it is sheltering more than 643 000 refugees. Most of them are fleeing the conflict in South Sudan and are facing malnutrition and the risk of epidemics.

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A farmer by skill, if not by choice


By Anna Kramer

First she kept her own family together. Then she became a spokesperson for family farmers around the world.

Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to choose our careers. With a good education, plus opportunity and a little bit of luck, we can become almost anything we want to be.

Others have fewer options when it comes to earning a living. And, for some of us, the circumstances of birth mean there is only one possible path.

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USAID facilitates regional forum to attract investors to Ethiopia’s livestock sector

Four Regional Meetings Connect 100 Ethiopian Businesses, Potential Investors, and Sales Partners

Mekelle, Tigray – The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Agricultural Growth Program-Livestock Market Development project (AGP-LMD), today held the fourth of four regional livestock investment forums in Mekelle. The forums connect foreign and local investors with 100 pre-selected local companies that have lucrative investment opportunities in dairy, meat and live animal business.

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Government and Geldof help transform village at the heart of Ethiopian famine


Hagere Selam has a thriving school and large medical centre, while better irrigation has changed desert into lush green land

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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)


· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan situation map (October 2014)

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Sudan + 2 others
Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 42 | 13 - 19 October 2014 [EN/AR]


  • Three UNAMID peacekeepers were killed in Korma, North Darfur, an area where an estimated 18,300 displaced people are taking refuge

  • Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan Liberation Army – Abdul Wahid in western Jebel Marra leads to temporary relocation of some displaced people to Nertiti town

  • An estimated 125,000 new displaced people in SPLM-N areas in South Kordofan will be facing increasingly dire food security conditions this year and through 2015, according to SKBNCU

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South Sudan + 3 others
East African leaders in South Sudan to push for peace

10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT

Juba, Soudan du Sud | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 10:03 GMT | 256 words

East African leaders met South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Wednesday in the latest push to end over 10 months of a civil war that has devastated the young nation.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ugandan Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda arrived in the war-torn nation's capital on a one-day visit to discuss the "on-going peace process", a spokesman in Kiir's office told AFP.

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Livestock Production: Empowering Women in Ethiopia

Posted by Dr. Yirgalem Gebremeskel on Monday, October 20th 2014

For some, Ethiopia conjures images of famine and extreme poverty. I see a completely different picture.

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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 13 - 19 October 2014


  • South Sudan: 12 IOM staff trained on mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.

  • Ethiopia: Close to 63,000 refugees need to be relocated from the camps and transit centres to Okugu Refugee Camp.

  • Kenya: IOM and UNHCR have provided transportation assistance to 32,452 refugees since 15 December 2013.


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Somalia + 1 other
Somalia Flood Watch Issued: 21st October, 2014

During the week ending on 20th October, 2014, moderate to heavy rains were experienced in both Juba and Shabelle river basins inside Somalia and within the Ethiopian highlands.

The area bordering Ethiopia in Hiraan region has experienced torrential rains that have led to destruction and loss of property due to flooding. Heavy rains leading to flooding have also been confirmed in Jilib dstrict in Lower Juba region.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Ethiopia + 6 others
HIV/Aids complicates fight against kala azar


The numbers

  • 300,000 - Or 90 per cent new cases of Kala azar infections every year. Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, and Sudan are the most affected countries, according to the World Health Organization.

  • 35 - Countries in which VL-HIV cases are reported.

  • 20pc to 40 per cent of patients with VL were also found to be infected with HIV in North Africa, one of the hardest hit areas.

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Ethiopia: Early Warning Bulletin (Covers the period of October, 16 -­ 30 2014)


• Northeastern, central and eastern Ethiopia are highly likely to receive near normal, with a possibility of above normal rainfall at some places.

• Rainfall anomalies

o Unseasonal rains are likely to occur over northeastern, eastern and central portion of the nation

• Temperature anomalies

o Moist air and cloud coverage will significantly be dominated during the periods when frost events are supposed to occur.

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Ethiopia Weekly Humanitarian Bulletin, 20 October 2014


  • More than 200 Eritrean refugees cross the Ethiopian border each day. The sudden spike in arrivals since September cause congestion at the reception centre.

  • Localized heavy rains since September produced flooding in Afar, SNNP and Somali regions, triggering displacements, and loss of lives and livelihoods.

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