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Guinea + 12 others
West Africa Seasonal Monitor - July 22, 2014

Above-average and well distributed rainfall in Bi-modal and Guinean-Sudanian zones

Key Messages

  • June rainfall was mostly above average and well distributed in time in the Bi-modal and the Guinean-Sudanian Zones, ensuring good maturation of first season crops.

  • Delays in pasture regeneration is to be expected in northern Senegal and southwestern Mauritania, as well as the Lake Chad region due to a combination of significant rainfall deficits recorded in June and unfavorable medium term forecast.

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Rosewood plunder in Guinea-Bissau

Report
IRIN

BISSAU, 22 July 2014 (IRIN) - During the March-May cashew nut harvesting season, it is normal to see heavy trucks line Amílcar Cabral Avenue in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau’s capital, waiting to offload their cargo onto ships. But when they line up all year long, suspicion is raised, especially when demand for the country’s cashews has plummeted.

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World + 15 others
La Cooperación Española llevará a cabo un proyecto europeo en favor de la seguridad alimentaria en África Occidental

​​El Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación y el Representante de la UE en Togo, el Embajador Nicolás Berlanga Martínez, firmaron ayer la Convención de Delegación por la que España participará en el proyecto de la Unión Europea (UE) de Apoyo a la Reserva Regional de Seguridad Alimentaria de la Comunidad Económica de Estados de África Occidental (CEDEAO). La firma se realizó en presencia del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Togo, Robert Dussey, de viaje oficial en España.

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Liberia + 6 others
Ebola: Sub-regional Snapshot - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau (14 July 2014)

REGIONAL OVERVIEW

Over the past month, the number of Ebola cases in the region has significantly increased. UNICEF's efforts through partners to control the epidemic have increased but the challenges remain substantial. The need to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumors, fears and misconceptions about the Ebola virus through interpersonal communication strategies is becoming more and more critical to the overall response.

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Guinea + 6 others
Misconceptions fuel Ebola outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumours, fears and misconceptions.

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World + 24 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary July 11-17, 2014

Flooding possible in Mali, Sudan, and South Sudan; dryness continues in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy and above-average rains since May has oversaturated ground conditions in southern Mali and resulted in rainfall surpluses greater than 200 percent of normal in some locations. With heavy rain forecast for the next week, the risk for new flooding across the region will be increased.

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Mali + 8 others
As new crises emerge in West Africa, meeting social needs presents difficulties, top United Nations official tells Security Council

8 July 2014
SC/11465
Security Council
7213th Meeting (AM)

With “remarkable strides” in the stabilization of Mali and Guinea-Bissau and high economic growth in West Africa, regional actors were refocusing on development needs while dealing with Boko Haram terrorists, the Ebola virus and other emerging crises, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General told the Security Council this morning.

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World + 17 others
Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa (S/2014/442 )

S/2014/442
Distr.: General
26 June 2014
Original: English

1. Introduction

  1. In a letter dated 23 December 2013 (S/2013/759), the President of the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until 31 December 2016 and requested that I report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the mandate.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 11 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 10 – July 16, 2014

  • Torrential rains impacted coastal Cote D’Ivoire during the past week.

  • An increase in rain was observed across dry areas in northwestern Ethiopia and southeastern Sudan

1) Heavy and above-average rains since May have oversaturated the grounds of southern Mali and lead to rainfall surpluses greater than 200% of normal in some locations. With heavy rain forecast during the next outlook period, the risk for new flooding across the region will be increased.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Guinea-Bissau 07-July-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above-average cereal production gathered in 2013

  • Reduced revenues from cashew nuts (main cash crop) due to lower prices and reduced exports volume

  • Access to food affected by high prices and lower revenues

The cropping season has started on time

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World + 2 others
ECOWAS Ministers to discuss strengthening of regional early warning capability at Accra meeting

Report
ECOWAS

N°: 131/2014

7 July 2014 [Abuja-Nigeria]

Ministers of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council (MSC) will at their meet in Accra on Tuesday, 8th July 2014 discuss the political and security situation in the Region, including the post-transition reforms in Guinea Bissau, latest developments in Mali and the report of Experts on the establishment of National Early Warning Mechanisms.

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World + 11 others
Comprendre le crime organisé en Afrique

Report
IRIN

LES POINTS CLÉS

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G.Bissau gets new government

07/05/2014 00:30 GMT

BISSAU, July 5, 2014 (AFP) - Guinea-Bissau's prime minister Domingos Simoes Pereira presented his new government Friday, less than two weeks after the president vowed to fight poverty and bring stability to the impoverished West African nation.

Pereira's 16-minister cabinet is dominated by members of President Jose Mario Vaz's African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), a decree published in the capital Bissau showed.

Pereira, an engineer, was named prime minister on June 25 and sworn in on Thursday.

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UNIOGBIS donates 50 sets anti-riot gear to POP

01 July 2014 - The Pubic Order Police Anti-Disturbance Unit (POP, Portuguese acronym) today received at UNIOGBIS HQ, Bissau, a donation of 50 sets of police anti-riot gear – shields, helmets and batons.

UNIOGBIS has been represented by Chief Mission Support (CMS), Jorge Gonçalves. Also took part the secretary of State of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Idelfrides Manuel Gomes Fernandes, POP National Commissioner, brigadier-general Armando Nhaga, and diplomatic corps among other personalities, police forces and UN staff. UNIOGBIS CMS, Jorge Gonçalves, stated:

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World + 11 others
Analysis: Understanding organized crime in Africa

Report
IRIN

By Philippa Garson

HIGHLIGHTS

  • New tools needed to analyse organized crime

  • Criminal financing of state structures

  • Weak states open door to crime

  • Development-oriented solutions needed

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Burkina Faso + 9 others
Rapport du secrétaire général sur les activités du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest (S/2014/442)

Introduction

  1. Dans une lettre datée du 23 décembre 2013 (S/2013/759), le Président du Conseil de sécurité a approuvé la prorogation du mandat du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest (UNOWA) jusqu'au 31 décembre 2014 et m'a prié de rendre compte au Conseil. tous les six mois, de l'exécution du mandat du Bureau.
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Guinea + 9 others
West and Central Africa Region Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (24 June - 01 July 2014)

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
70 DEAD AND 10,000 DISPLACED IN BAMBARI
IDPs CONTINUE TO DECREASE IN THE CAPITAL

The situation in Bambari following last week’s clashes remains tense. An estimated 70 people have been killed, 150 homes destroyed and 10,000 people displaced to several IDP sites in Bambari town. A rapid needs evaluation is underway.

CAMEROON
3,000 NEW CAR REFUGEES ARRIVE THIS WEEK

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Mali + 15 others
Bulletin d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel et en Afrique de l’ouest - juin 2014

MESSAGES CLÉS

La mise à jour des prévisions saisonnières en Afrique de l’Ouest pour la campagne agricole 2014/2015 indiquent des cumuls pluviométriques normaux pour la région avec des tendances excédentaires au Sud-est du Ghana, au Sud du Nigeria, et des cumuls déficitaires à tendance normale à l’Ouest de la région.

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World + 15 others
Fragile States Index 2014

Report
Fund for Peace

Though South Sudan took first place, it was only the sixth most-worsened country. The most-worsened country for 2014 is Central African Republic, followed closely by Syria and Libya.

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Equatorial Guinea + 23 others
Four new Africa Solidarity Trust Fund projects will benefit 24 countries

Activities reflect African priorities, including youth employment and nutrition

25 June 2014, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea– The FAO-managed Africa Solidarity Trust Fund today gave a green light to four new, continent-spanning projects at a ceremony during the African Union Summit, being held here this week.

The President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, a key supporter of the fund, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva were in attendance.