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24 Jul 2015 description

Increased rainfall unlikely to overcome deficits in Central America, Hispaniola, and parts of West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A slightly delayed start to the season with sporadic light rains in recent weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for Gambia and central areas of Senegal. Dry ground conditions have led to delayed planting and have negatively impacted livestock health.

14 Jul 2015 description

The 11th Central Asian Regional Summer Diplomatic Course (Summer Academy) took place from 7 to 11 July in Romit, Tajikistan. This year’s theme, “Partnership for Peace: Common Interests and Challenges in Central Asia”, focused on socio-political developments in the region, possible future security scenarios, the role of international organisations and the benefits of partnership.

10 Jul 2015 description
report Kabar

Bishkek, July 9 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan received an offer to be one of the project participants in prevention of natural disasters using satellite technology, among 60 more countries. Chairman of the board of trustees of educational and scientific-industrial complex of International University of Kyrgyzstan (IUK) Asylbek Aidaraliev said during a press conference at Kabar Agency. "We have received such an offer. 60 countries have been already participating in this project.

08 Jul 2015 description

Rural smallholder farmers have big potential to reduce agriculture's carbon footprint

PARIS, FRANCE - 8 JULY 2015 Helping farmers adapt to the impacts of climate change can also significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – which is good news for the planet and for future generations, says the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

06 Jul 2015 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• Conflict in Yemen is causing increasing food insecurity.
As of June, at least 6 million people are facing Emergency (IPC Phase 4) food insecurity. Millions more could easily fall into the emergency conditions unless a political solution is found quickly.

06 Jul 2015 description

18 May - 19 June 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan – From 18 May to 19 June 2015 UNITAR, in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and with the financial support of the Government of Finland, organized a series of workshops aimed at strengthening regional capacities to manage cross-border threats through the reinforcement of civil servant expertise in key areas (i.e. good governance, natural resources managment, human security, conflict transformation, and public-private-people partnerships).

06 Jul 2015 description

Naryn, Kyrgyzstan - Coordination Council for Sustainable Pasture Management established under the Department of pastures of the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation of the Kyrgyz Republic met in Naryn today to discuss adoption of the best practices in pasture management by pastures committees of the country and the use of Electronic Jayit Committee information management system. The council also discussed opportunities to finance replication of this system from the budget of the Department of pastures and fundraising from other sources.

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.

23 Jun 2015 description

BISHKEK – The UN World Food Programme and the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science are expanding the Kyrgyz Republic’s school meals programme in the country’s poorest rural areas with financial and technical support from the Russian Federation.

The three-year project was launched in 2013 to boost the country’s national school feeding programme. By September 2015, more than 62,000 primary school students will receive a nutritious hot meal during the school day, almost six times the number of students in the project’s first year.

21 Jun 2015 description

Highlights

  • According to the analysis of global precipitation data, the rainfall during Aprill and May has been above average in the northeast and southwest, and average in the northwest (Figure 1). Currently, an extreme dry spell is not anticipated.

19 Jun 2015 description

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Talas region

On June 14, 2015 at 18.30 in the areas of Beisheke rural district of Kara-Buura district a flood occurred after prolonged rain.

The water demolished bridges in Kara-Suu villages.

Excavators and 12 local residents involved for restoration works, 2 bridges restored, reconstruction work is underway.

19 Jun 2015 description

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Osh region

Water level in Kochkor-Ata-Postovoy channel has raised due to the heavy rains in Uzgen district of Osh region on June 16.

As a result, six houses located in Kurshab village has been flooded.

At the scene cleaning work is carried out.

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.

11 Jun 2015 description
report UN News Service

11 June 2015 – The world’s parliaments play a “fundamental” role in ensuring human rights protections for the global citizenry and, as a result, must reflect international human rights standards in their legislation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon affirmed today as he continued on his Central Asian trip with a visit to Kyrgyzstan.

11 Jun 2015 description

By Andy McElroy

ALMATY, 11 June 2015 – Those who doubt that the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction translates into a useful policy document at the grassroots level should take a trip to Karakol, in North-eastern Kyrgyzstan, and spend some time with the city’s Mayor Ryskul Urkalyevich.

The leader of Kyrgyzstan’s fourth largest city has been further inspired to strengthen his city’s resilience after representing his municipality at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, in Sendai, Japan, in March.