While several elections will take place in 2015, the region is experiencing a mix of progress and setbacks, with encouraging transition in Burkina Faso occurring on the back of an alleged coup attempt in Gambia and the escalation of violence in Nigeria.
The region has demonstrated a certain degree of resilience towards the economic impact from Ebola outbreak and falling commodity prices. Such impacts have been mitigated and offset by the increasing diversification of West African economies.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above-average cereal production in 2014, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Access to food constrained by high inflation rate
Au 08 février 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 4 315 cas et 94 décès (Let=2,2%) de choléra dans 6 pays. Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les décès rapportés en RDC, en Cote d’Ivoire et au Ghana.
As of 08th February 2015, 4 315 cases and 94 deaths (CFR=2,2%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries. The figures are not taking into account cholera deaths notified in DRC, Ivory Coast and Ghana.
I. Executive Summary
Why an assessment of the right to food in West Africa?
Japan - The Japanese Government has committed additional funds to support IOM’s operations in the face of increasingly complex humanitarian crises.
From its “supplementary budget FY2014,” the Japanese Government will avail a total of US$31.5 million to support IOM activities for vulnerable migrants, internally displaced persons, returnees and affected communities.
57 Meningococcal A conjugate vaccine: updated guidance, February 2015
62 Preparation for Ebola in Côte d’Ivoire: WHO Ebola response and preparedness support team, October 2014
67 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– December 2014
57 Vaccin antiméningococ - cique conjugué contre le sérogroupe A: orientations actualisées, février 2015
62 Préparation de la Côte d’Ivoire face à la maladie à virus Ebola: mission de l’équipe OMS d’appui à la riposte et à la préparation, octobre 2014
Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided
In this issue:
The National Coordinator of NADMO, Sir Kofi Portuphy has presented three hundred (300) packets of roofing sheets to support rainstorm victims in the Volta Region.
This followed severe rainstorm that hit the region during the last quarter of last year and early this year affecting over 10,000 people in the region.
Presenting the items to the Regional Minister at South Tongu District Assembly, Sir Kofi Portuphy said, out of the over 1000 people affected, 77% were women and children, who, were the most vulnerable in society.
Maize was the primary crop marketed by farmers in the monitored sample, counting 85Mt and 74% of total supplies. Moreover, it was the main product selected farmers channeled through P4P-supported Farmers Organizations (FOs) between June 2013 and May 2014.
Trends of sale volumes suggest that the allocation of main commodities across marketing channels varied greatly throughout the data collection.
By SCOLA KAMAU, TEA Special Correspondent
•GeoPoll, the global mobile survey platform, has partnered with Control Union, a global leader in agricultural certification, food safety and sustainability to boost agricultural productivity in Africa.
•For a start, the project will benefit countries such as Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana, before expanding to key markets in Asia including Indonesia and the Philippines.
20.4 million people in the Sahel are food insecure, down from last year’s high of 25 million people.
Over one million people have been displaced and 6,400 killed by the conflict in Northeast Nigeria in 2014.
Over 717,000 people have been displaced due to the CAR crisis, 442,000 internally. The IDP caseload has halved since the peak of the crisis.
Le nouveau numéro de L’Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, une publication de La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) vient de paraître.
Le rapport présente les dernières évolutions politiques, économiques et sociales en Afrique de l’Ouest. La section « profils pays » offre un focus sur le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, le Cabo Verde, la Gambie, le Ghana, la Guinée-Bissau, le Libéria, le Mali, le Niger, le Nigeria, la Sierra Leone et le Togo.
NEWS: Better use of long-term climate information could reduce risks for African investments
London and Cape Town, Monday 9 February 2015 - African governments and businesses are putting their investments at risk from the long-term impacts of climate change because they are failing to take climate information into account, says a new report from the Overseas Development Institute and SouthSouthNorth for the Future Climate For Africa (FCFA) programme and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), launched today.
The need for safety nets in Sub-Saharan Africa is vast. In addition to being the world’s poorest region, Sub-Saharan Africa is also one of the most unequal. In this context, redistribution must be seen as a legitimate way to fight poverty and ensure shared prosperity - and all the more so in countries where growth is driven by extractive industries that are not labor-intensive and often employ very few poor people. Given that most African countries face difficult decisions about how to allocate limited resources among a number of social programs, evidence is important.
· During Q4-2014, FAO’s global cereal price index decreased by 7% year-on-year, but on average, it remained at the level of the previous quarter.
· Real prices of maize have fallen by 14% since Q4-2013. They are up 1% from Q3-2014 after the low in September/October.
· On average, real prices of wheat remained constant between Q3 and Q4-2014. Global wheat supplies for 2014/15 are up thanks to increased production and beginning stocks; thus price levels in Q4-2014 are 17% lower than a year ago.
February 3, 2015 – Toronto, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Building on the Government of Canada’s strong record of providing support for an improved quality of life for the most vulnerable, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, Saskatchewan, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding to improve nutrition and food security in Kenya, Ghana and Nicaragua.
General Situation during January 2015 Forecast until mid-March 2015
L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.