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Crime and Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean - Regional Country Profiles

  1. Introduction

Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the regions most affected by violence and crime, but at the same time, has little available information about this problem. When data exist, it is not always presented in a comprehensive way, and usually suffers from reliability problems.

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Disaster-Prone Caribbean Looks to Better Financing

By Desmond BrownKINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jun 15 2014 (IPS) - A freak storm, followed by heavy floods in December 2013, will go down in history as the most destructive natural disaster to have hit the Caribbean island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with reported total damages and losses of at least 103 million dollars.

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UNESCO trains teachers on climate change

Discussing climate change can be a challenge for some teachers. As a response, UNESCO is delivering a series of four-day training courses to help teachers discuss climate change in and outside the classroom. The most recent training session, held in the Dominican Republic, brought together 35 educators from 13 Central American and Caribbean countries.

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More than 300,000 Guyanese to Benefit from Reduced Flooding Risks and Improved Secondary Education

World Bank

Two new World Bank credits approved today for a total of US$21 million

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 – More than 300,000 people from the flood prone region of East Demerara will benefit from reduced flooding and climate risks as a result of a US$11 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA) approved today by the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank.

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Fortalecer el comercio intrarregional de alimentos es clave para la lucha contra el hambre de América Latina y el Caribe

FAO advierte sobre la necesidad de estimular el intercambio agroalimentario entre los países de la región, ya que 18 de ellos son importadores netos de alimentos.

Santiago de Chile, viernes 6 de junio de 2014 – Aunque América Latina y el Caribe es exportadora neta de alimentos, obtiene el 57% de sus importaciones agroalimentarias desde fuera de la región, señaló hoy la FAO.

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Drought sounds alarm, fuels hunger fears for indigenous Guyana

05/18/2014 22:45 GMT

by Denis Chabrol

GEORGETOWN, May 18, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of indigenous people near Guyana's border with Brazil are battling drought so persistent they fear crop failure and hunger.

Shirley Melville, a former legislator in Lethem, said Sunday that her family's well and many more in the town near northern Brazil have dried up because there has been no rainfall for at least seven months.

"This is the first time in 40 years that my well has dried up. I even dug another one -- and that, too, is dry," she told AFP.

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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Guyana 11-March-2014


  • Uncertain prospects for the 2014 rice crop

  • Rice exports in 2013/14 marketing year expected to increase

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Boletín de la Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional - Octubre - Diciembre 2013

Producción de cereales de América Latina y el Caribe creció 8.8% en 2013

La producción de cereales en América Latina y el Caribe creció 8,8% en 2013, hasta alcanzar las 221,4 millones de toneladas, señaló hoy la FAO

24 de febrero de 2014 - La producción de cereales en América Latina y el Caribe creció 8,8% en 2013, hasta alcanzar las 221,4 millones de toneladas, señaló hoy la FAO.

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Haiti + 10 others
The Caribbean: Better prepared to face disasters

31/01/2014 - The European Union is reaffirming its commitment towards disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean with the launch of the new Disaster Preparedness (DIPECHO) action plan 2013-2014. In total, €8.5 million have been earmarked for disaster preparedness and reducing the vulnerabilities related to natural hazards such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tsunamis.

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ECHO Factsheet Caribbean – January, 2014

Key messages

  • The Caribbean is prone to extreme natural phenomena. The hurricane season (June to November) affects thousands of people every year.

  • The European Union assists the concerned populations both in the aftermath of a disaster and with measures that increase the resilience of vulnerable communities to natural hazards.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Guyana 07-January-2014


  • Rice production in 2013 reached a record high

  • Rice exports for 2013/14 marketing year expected to increase

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Christmas Storm Underlines Caribbean’s Vulnerability

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 7 2014 (IPS) - Guyanese President Donald Ramotar says the death and destruction caused by intense rainfall in three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries over the Christmas holidays is a sign that the region has no time to lose in fortifying its resiliance to climate change.

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The Right to Food in the CARICOM Region: An Assessment Report - April 2013

Right to Food Study, 2013.

This publication presents coherent and systematic information and analysis about: the current food and nutrition security situation in the CARICOM Region and in CARICOM Member States, and the relevant legal, policy and institutional environments in the Region with respect to the protection and realization of the right to food.