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03 Aug 2015 description

July 2015 – Trends

  • Deteriorated situations
    Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Kashmir, Turkey, Yemen

  • Improved situations

August 2015 – Watchlist

  • Conflict risk alerts
    Turkey, Yemen

-Conflict resolution opportunities
Iran, South Sudan

03 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.

Country Context

03 Aug 2015 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

01 Aug 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • They were admitted at Bimos dispensary where health workers confirmed the infection to be cholera.
  • At least 27 people have died of cholera in the county since January.

A primary school in Migori County has been closed indefinitely over cholera outbreak.

The county government said goldmines in Nyatike were also being closed as the disease spreads in the county.

01 Aug 2015 description


  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.

01 Aug 2015 description

Maize and beans are the most important commodities consumed, with maize availability considered synonymous with food security. Beans are very often consumed with maize. The Nairobi market is indicative for urban consumers.

01 Aug 2015 description
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Both pastoral and marginal agricultural areas entering the lean season


  • Nationally, food security remai ns stable with food stocks from imports and the harvest of short - cycle long rains crops remaining available in most markets . However, stocks are being drawn down as an unusually high number of households are purchasing from markets due to below - average pro duction over the previous two seasons . Food insecurity is expected to increase between July and October .

01 Aug 2015 description

Canada to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative to assist African farmers

July 31, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced support for a project that will enable the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to directly benefit more than 50,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

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  • As at 29 July 2015, Kakuma had received 46,315 asylum seekers from South Sudan. The transit centre has been temporary closed due to insecurity at the border.

31 Jul 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Robert Kibet

SAMBURU, Kenya, Jul 30 2015 (IPS) - Sipian Lesan bends to attend to the Vangueria infausta or African medlar plant that he planted almost two years ago. He takes great care not to damage the soft, velvety, acorn-shaped buds of this hardy and drought-resistant plant. ”All over here it is dry,” says the 51-year-old Samburu semi-nomadic pastoralist.

31 Jul 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Fears of a cholera epidemic spread on Thursday, with new cases of the disease in Migori, Isiolo and Kisumu counties.

In Migori, a worker at the Masara trading centre died yesterday at the Arombe Dispensary. Three other people were treated and discharged.

Health workers said the woman was brought to the dispensary by relatives when “she was already irreversibly dehydrated”.

In Isiolo, a man has died and seven other family members admitted to the Isiolo public hospital following a cholera outbreak in the county.

31 Jul 2015 description

A partnership between companies, governments and civil sector groups is helping to share the benefits of technology with disadvantaged communities in Kenya.

Aiming to increase literacy among children aged 6 to 9, the project Open Space Literacy (OSL) introduces new technologies to student and teacher development, combined with active community involvement. OSL is part of the global effort known as Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D).

30 Jul 2015 description
  • 24 July marked one year since a child was last paralyzed by wild poliovirus in Nigeria. Final laboratory results on all specimens for the full 12 month period are expected by September 2015, which, if clear for poliovirus, may lead to Nigeria being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends the hard work of the Nigerian government, partners, religious and community leaders, and health workers for such strong progress towards stopping polio.

30 Jul 2015 description

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been working in Kenya since 2006. For 2 years now, with the support of UK Aid and the European Union (EuropeAid), we have been developing capacities for the people to be resilient in order to face drought. We met with three pastoralists in Marsabit County (in northern Kenya) who have participated in our programs.

Lucy: “We meet up every Saturday to work the land”

30 Jul 2015 description

Kenya is a regional leader and growing economic center in East Africa. While the March 2013 general elections were relatively calm, challenges remain to implement the country’s new, devolved system of government and other reforms that were adopted following post-election violence in 2007 and 2008. Extremist violence, particularly by the militant group al-Shabab, also has increased since 2003. So the country faces the dual tests of developing an effective strategy to counter violent extremism while upholding the rule of law and respecting human rights.

30 Jul 2015 description


· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description

Posted by Tahalia Barrett on Wednesday, July 29th 2015

Picture this: A farmer in Nigeria needs to plow her field, but does not have laborers to do it. Using her mobile phone, she sends an SMS message, and within days, a tractor arrives. She can now plow her field 40 times faster than manual labor, and at one third of the cost. And the tractor owner earns a profit as well.

29 Jul 2015 description

Translators without Borders Releases Impact Study on Ebola Information

DANBURY, CT, USA – 23rd July 2015 — Translators without Borders (TWB), the US-based charity that uses language to increase access to knowledge, has today released the findings and results of the Impact Study on Ebola Information, Does Translated Health-Related Information Lead to Higher Comprehension? A Study of Rural and Urban Kenyans. The results of this study demonstrate just how important it is to have crucial healthcare information widely available in the local language.