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05 May 2017 description

Despite recent rainfall, seasonal rain remains below-average across much of East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall accumulations since late February have resulted in significant moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.

04 May 2017 description

Tackling the menace of the tenacious fall armyworm pest and avoiding economic hardship for smallholders across Africa requires quick and coordinated action, a massive awareness campaign, scientific innovation and multi-institutional collaboration, indicated scientists attending the Stakeholders Consultation Meeting on the Fall Armyworm in Nairobi this week.

04 May 2017 description

by Bertha Wangari, Information and Communications Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid.

A growing number of Somali refugees who have lived for decades in Kenya’s Dadaab camp are returning to Somalia via a repatriation program run by the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Dadaab refugee camp is one of the biggest camps in the world. Citing security concerns, the government of Kenya has announced its intention to repatriate Somali refugees and close Dadaab camp which has hosted refugees for over 25 years.

04 May 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

Salesian missionaries have provided food distribution to 1,000 families in 18 villages during their efforts to assist families affected by the drought in Kenya. More than 3 million people in Kenya are impacted by the worsening drought in East Africa. Little rain has fallen over the last year — affecting sheep and cattle farmers, destroying their livelihoods and causing much suffering for their families.

04 May 2017 description

The requirements presented in this funding snapshot refer to the 2017 Regional Refugee Response Plan covering the period January to December 2017 available at http://reporting.unhcr.org/publications

Funding level*

  • RRP requirements: $1,212,939,774

  • Funding received: $114,769,121

  • % funded: 9%

*The funding level refers only to funding received against the Inter-Agency Appeal 2016

03 May 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Drought and conflict in the region has left 22 million men, women and children in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Five million people across the region do not have a regular supply of safe drinking water and more than 800,000 children under the age of five are severely malnourished.

03 May 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the first quarter of 2017 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

03 May 2017 description

1 Introduction

The preparation of this paper involved reviewing multiple reports and drawing together lessons, recommendations and observations which could be of value to agencies using cash and vouchers as part of a drought related response in Kenya. The reports which were reviewed considered the use of cash and vouchers in drought related responses in urban and rural areas; they included short and long term responses by a variety of agencies and using various payment methods.

To give a little context:

03 May 2017 description

On 11 May 2017 the international community will be called upon to put its hands deeper into its pockets at the planned London Conference on Somalia. The African Union (AU) has decided to withdraw from the country by 2018 and is arguing for a final push against al-Shabaab before that date – a costly undertaking. Humanitarian aid is also needed due to drought and a cholera epidemic in the country.

03 May 2017 description
report Guardian

Arrival of hundreds of poor tribesmen seeking grazing lands for their cattle has triggered outbreak of violence in Laikipia

Early one morning last week, Richard Constant drove across the 24,000-acre ranch that he part-owns on a high plateau in central Kenya to discover what remained of his home.

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02 May 2017 description
report World Bank

La population de l’Afrique augmente rapidement. Très rapidement. Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique subsaharienne abrite plus de 1,2 milliard d’individus et devrait compter 1 milliard d’habitants supplémentaires à l’horizon 2050. L’instabilité économique et politique, le changement climatique et le déclin généralisé de l’emploi dans le secteur agricole ont accéléré l’exode rural. En 2016, près de 40 % des habitants de la région vivent en ville, contre 31 % en 2000.

02 May 2017 description
report World Bank

Water utilities in Africa: How will they cope with a rapidly growing, thirsty population?

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02 May 2017 description

At the conference on, “Scaling-Up the Purchase for Progress (P4P) Model of Pro-Smallholder Market Development in Africa: The Vital Role and Impact of the Public Sector,” hosted by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-11 April, 2017, senior African policy makers and key stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, and wider development community adopted this declaration as an affirmation of their strong commitment to scaling up the demand-led model of support to smallholder …

02 May 2017 description

KENYA

SAM is at 4.6% and GAM at 35.6% in Turkana and Marsabit counties – double the emergency thresholds. Current rains mean cholera is expected to increase – it has been reported in Tana River county and in Dadaab refugee camps for the first time this year.

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ETHIOPIA

02 May 2017 description
report IRIN

The informal system of shelter ownership that has sprung up in refugee camps in Kenya and elsewhere has allowed entrepreneurial activity to flourish, but it is also unregulated, corrupt, and leaves some refugees vulnerable to losing everything.

“It was more than just our source of income. It was the place we called home. And now, after they’ve taken it and given it away, it’s just a place to sell cheap Ugandan beer.”