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03 Jul 2015 description

ASTANA, Kazakhstan, 2 July 2015 – An OSCE-supported high-level National Preparatory Meeting to the 23rd Economic and Environmental Forum on Water Governance took place today in Astana, Kazakhstan.

The event was co-organized by the OSCE Programme Office in Astana, the Agriculture Ministry and the Ecological Forum of Kazakhstan with support from the Government of Switzerland.

01 Jul 2015 description
report Tengrinews

The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has stressed the importance of all countries joining their efforts to ensure global food security, Tengrinews reports citing the press office of Akorda. He talked about global food security during the opening ceremony of the National Day of Kazakhstan at the EXPO-2015 in Milan with its core theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.

01 Jul 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in May, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

26 Jun 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to relieve dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western and southern Niger, and northern Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past several weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

19 Jun 2015 description

Rainfall remains below average across parts of West Africa, Latin America, Ethiopia, and Djibouti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, western Niger, and north-central Nigeria. The lack of rainfall over the past five weeks has delayed planting and already negatively affected cropping activities over parts of this region.

18 Jun 2015 description

Focus on healthy and balanced nutrition

A front-runner in the race to end hunger, the region still struggles with malnutrition

Multiple trends are shaping the nutrition map for Europe and Central Asia, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s first-ever report on food insecurity and malnutrition in Europe and Central Asia, released today. The problems of food insecurity have changed away from that of caloric sufficiency toward the quality of peoples’ diets – a trend that will likely continue in this way.

13 Jun 2015 description
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Start of season remains slow in parts of West Africa, abnormal dryness continues in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A delayed onset of the rainy season, followed by poorly-distributed rainfall, has led to abnormal dryness across southern Burkina Faso, the northern parts of Ghana, Togo, and Benin, and north-central Nigeria.
    The lack of rainfall over the past five weeks has delayed planting and negatively affected cropping activities over many local areas of the region.

01 Jun 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Kazakhstan will render a humanitarian aid amounting to $200.000 to Nepal that was recently hit by a powerful earthquake, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of Kazakhstan’s Government.

31 May 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in April, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

31 May 2015 description
report Tengrinews

The damage caused by the spring floods in Kazakhstan amounts to billions of tenge, Tengrinews reports citing Deputy Interior Minister Vladimir Bozhko.

30 May 2015 description

Rainfall deficits persist in areas of Ethiopia, West Africa, and Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

06 May 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2015 is forecast to fall

  • Wheat exports in 2014/15 expected to decrease

  • Export prices of wheat declined in April but still higher than a year earlier

04 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • In India, unseasonal rains damaged 8.5 million hectares of crops, mainly wheat. The Government has responded mainly by increasing input subsidies and facilitating the processing of insurance claims.

  • Thailand has launched a loan relief programme for affected farmers through the Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives.

  • In Pakistan, potato prices have fallen by 45 percent year on year as farmers switch from growing wheat to potatoes.

01 May 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Floods in East Kazakhstan Oblast have affected seven villages in Zyryanovsky District, almost one thousand people have been evacuated, Tengrinews reports with a reference to the press-secretary of the Department of Emergency Situations of East Kazakhstan Oblast Anastasia Sklyar.

A state of emergency was declared in the area. According to rescuers, the villages that were affected are: Zubov, Maleyevsk, Putintsevo, Bykovo, Bayanovsk, Parygina and Snegirevo.

30 Apr 2015 description

Overview

In order to strengthen the specific Red Cross / Red Crescent contribution to development, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was supporting the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society’s programmes addressing tuberculosis (TB) and vulnerabilities related to migration during the reporting period.

30 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Commission to assess damage from the floods has started its work in Karaganda Oblast, Tengrinews reports. Since the beginning of floods in the Oblast, 48 settlements and two winterings in nine Districts were affected. Among them is the village named after Gabiden Mustafin.

Formerly known as Tokarevka, the village is located in Bukhar-Zhyrau District and houses more than four thousand people.

The village suffered from the flooding the worst, according to the Committee of Emergency Situations. The waters were raging there on 12 and 13 April.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

The rise of water level in the Nura river continues, Tengrinews reports.

Spokesman of the Committee of Emergency Situations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ruslan Imankulov said that according to the public agency KazSeleZashshita that is responsible for protection from floods in Kazakhstan, the rise of water on the river continues in Akmola Oblast.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Tengrinews

Villagers from the flooded areas of Akmola Oblast are asking to assess damages to their property, Tengrinews reports.

Akmol (Malinovka) is among the villages that were unlucky to be on the way of the flood. It is located just 30 kilometers away from Astana. The outskirts of the village were flooded, so a protective embankment was built along one of its streets. But homes that were outside that street, and there are ten of them, were all flooded.