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02 May 2017 description

A broad range of preventive measures tailored to local needs have resulted in major progress against malaria – but declining resources underscore the need for even more efficient work.

When it comes to malaria, the value of a broad range of prevention efforts may be most visible in Kenya, where 70% of the country’s 46 million people are at risk. It is in this east African nation that a variety of preventive measures, tailored to meet the widely divergent needs of local populations, have translated into major overall progress.

02 May 2017 description

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a US$10.7 million (75 million Danish Krone) contribution from the Government of Denmark to help roll back famine in South Sudan and to assist hungry people in Horn of Africa countries hit by drought.

“WFP is very grateful to Denmark for helping to sustain the life-saving response against drought in the Horn and because of conflict in South Sudan, where famine was declared in two areas in February,” said Valerie Guarnieri, WFP Regional Director for East and Central Africa.

02 May 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

02 May 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 44 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 33 ungraded events.

02 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

1 May 2017 – Raising alarm over use of rhetoric by States that they can “solve problems” and find ways around lawful safeguards, the United Nations rights chief today urged vigilance to protect and promote human rights of everyone.

“The use of, or the creation of, some form of political fog to create confusion at times, even amounting to the depth charging of truth or parts of it, so that a government can pursue a particular line [is,] I think something […] to watch very carefully,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at a press briefing in Geneva.

02 May 2017 description

Drought is a perennial feature of the Horn of Africa. For families who live in this region of East Africa, it means dealing with major shocks regularly—shocks that make it difficult to ever really escape poverty, despite their best efforts.

Many make a living as farmers and pastoralists, relying on the earth and the skies for income and food. When the rains don’t come, livestock and crops die. As families face this hardship year in and year out, they lose their ability to bounce back and have to turn to outside assistance to survive.

01 May 2017 description

The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination this morning met with representatives of civil society organizations from Kenya to discuss the situation of racial discrimination in this country, which the Committee will review later this week. 

The Committee will also consider reports of Cyprus and Bulgaria this week, but there were no non-governmental organizations present to talk about the situation in those countries. 

30 Apr 2017 description
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Horn of Africa – version 1
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Technical annex – version 1

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2017 general budget of the European Union.

AMOUNT: 132 250 000 EUR

30 Apr 2017 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.

30 Apr 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Uncertain prospects for 2017 “long-rains” crops due to early season dryness and fall armyworm infestations in key-producing areas

  • Reduced 2016 cereal output due to unfavourable weather conditions, particularly during the October-December “short-rains” season

  • Prolonged and severe drought affecting livestock conditions and productivity in most agro-pastoral and pastoral areas

  • Prices of maize surging to near-record to record levels in recent months

30 Apr 2017 description

781.8 M required for 2017

94.1 M contributions received, representing 12% of requirements

687.7 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

29 Apr 2017 description

Conflict drives severe food insecurity in South Sudan and Yemen; early season rainfall poor in the Horn of Africa

Key Messages

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 28 April 2017

The EU announced today 4 new actions worth €59 million to improve stability and address the root causes of irregular migration and forced displacement in the Horn of Africa region.

28 Apr 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

28 Apr 2017 description

by Siddharth Chatterjee & Aida Mengistu | @sidchat1 | United Nations
Friday, 28 April 2017 09:17 GMT

After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.

All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.

28 Apr 2017 description

Dryness continues to worsen over the Horn of Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall since late February have resulted in moderate to locally strong 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.

28 Apr 2017 description

1. Research and knowledge management

Goal: the secretariat acts as a resource and information hub promoting a culture of learning and reflection that leads to improvements in durable solutions programing and policies Researches/ studies approach Continue to promote a collaborative research/ learning process involving members and other relevant stakeholders to support broader ownership, better uptake of ReDSS studies’ recommendations. This collaborative process will ensure that the studies conducted build on members’ priorities. 2 main approaches: