FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
2015 “Rabi” season wheat production officially forecast close to last year’s record level
Poor monsoon rains reduced 2014 “Kharif” season cereal production
Cereal exports forecast to decrease considerably in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)
Rice and wheat prices were generally stable in recent months, despite increases in some markets
Surveillance experts from India are working to strengthen the Ebola outbreak response in Sierra Leone
In January 2015, 26 surveillance experts from the National Polio Surveillance Programme (NPSP) in India boarded a plane that would take them to western Africa. Amongst them, Dr Deepak Kumar and Dr Aarti Singh were not only moving to work in a new and challenging country; they were also going to adapt their expertise to a fight a new disease: Ebola.
Knowing how to find a disease
Greetings from Sphere India
It was our immerse pleasure to release the 8th Edition of Sphere India Monthly Newsletter. This issue covers the information from mid of December, 2014 to 15th January, 2015 which includes the key note message from EFICOR, news from member organizations, government and IAGs on their key activities, recent event of Humanitarian Network for Quality and Accountability in India, Sphere India programme news, case studies-innovations and miscellaneous section.
Snapshot 18-24 February 2015
Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.
New Delhi, India | AFP | Monday 2/23/2015 - 13:32 GMT
Indian health workers are investigating two new suspected cases of polio in the impoverished east, a year after the country celebrated eradication of the crippling virus, an official said Monday.
The boys, both aged two, from neighbouring villages in Bihar state have been isolated after developing fever and severe weakness in their limbs earlier this month, leaving them unable to walk, the official said.
S. Sandilyan | Posted on February 21, 2015 - 19:20
Increase in temperatures, carbon dioxide concentration, rise in sea levels and extreme weather events like cyclones and droughts, are predicted to have deleterious effects on Indian mangroves.
India’s 7500 km coastal line supports nearly 4, 87,100 hectares of mangroves. These unique ecosystems harbour nearly 3985 species of flora and fauna. Due to the increasing effects of climate change, mangrove forests in the country are under serious threat.
What are mangroves?
Police Target Group Seeking Justice for 2002 Gujarat Riots
(New York, February 21, 2015) – Indian authorities should end politically motivated intimidation and harassment of human rights activists who have been pursuing justice for victims of the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat state, Human Rights Watch said today. While all nongovernmental organizations should fully adhere to financial regulations, police in Gujarat state appear to be acting to undermine the human rights work of the activists Teesta Setalvad and her husband, Javed Anand.
Majuli, located where the Brahmaputra and Subansari rivers meet, is highly prone to flooding, along with risks of cyclones, earthquakes, riverbank erosion, embankment breach, etc. In 1998, the floodwaters submerged almost the entire island, wiping out entire standing crops and leaving hundreds of islanders homeless. ACTED has been working with local community since 2012 to reduce disaster risks in Jorhat, a district in the North-eastern State of Assam.
Source: Reuters - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:01 GMT
By Kate Kelland
LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Malaria with total resistance to the antimalarial drug artemisinin has taken hold in Myanmar and spread close to the border with India, threatening to repeat history and render crucial medicines useless, scientists said on Friday.
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Colombo 19 February 2015 - The Government of India in June 2010 announced that it would construct 50,000 houses as part of its post-conflict rehabilitation efforts. The Project is being implemented as full grant assistance amounting to USD 250 million from the Government of India, making it one of the largest grant assistance projects ever undertaken by the Government of India, overseas.
Mediation Can Prevent, Resolve Natural Resources Disputes New UN Guide Launched
Drawing on decades of experience in the field of mediation of natural resource conflicts, the Guide provides best practices and strategies for mediating different types of resource conflicts.
These updates cover emergencies Oxfam is currently responding to around the world, although please note they don’t intend to be comprehensive.
Snapshot 11–17 February 2015
Myanmar: Fighting between the Myanmar army and the MNDAA, an insurgent group in the Kokang area of Shan state, displaced tens of thousands of people. Some fled into central Myanmar, while between 30,000 and 50,000 are thought to have crossed into Nansan, Yunnan province, China.
On 9 - 12 Feb heavy rainfall fell on the island of Java, including the capital Jakarta. Local authorities have reported four casualties and temporary displacement of almost 7,100 people. All IDPs returned to their homes by 13 Feb. Government agencies, Indonesia Red Cross, NGOs, military and police provided search and rescue support and relief to the displaced.
4 people killed
7,100 people evacuated
NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC
FEWER LIVES LOST
In 2014, Asia and the Pacific experienced 126 natural disasters, which affected a total of 85 million people. Significantly, casualties were a quarter of what they were in 2013, with nearly 4,000 people killed by disasters in the region. Floods and landslides were the primary causes of death according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED).
Statistics on International Development (SID) is an annual publication that provides an overview of official UK spend on international development. The publication is the official release of finalised 2013 estimates, updating the previous provisional estimates1 published in April 2014. The publication covers:
Total UK spend on international development for the 2013 calendar year;
Trends for the last five years;
Key breakdowns by destination country or organisation, type of assistance and purpose;
Snapshot 4–10 February 2015
Guinea: An increase in Ebola case numbers has been reported for the second consecutive week. Resistance to the response remains high in Forecariah, worst affected by the outbreak; though ten prefectures have reported at least one incident of resistance. Clashes between armed forces and the community were reported in Matoto, Conakry.
Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.