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31 Mar 2005 description
report Government of Niger

Introduction

La sécheresse, l'arrêt précoce des pluies et les invasions acridiennes ont compromis la production agricole, si bien que le bilan céréalier prévisionnel a dégagé un déficit de 223 487 tonnes. Au sortir de la réunion annuelle de Tahoua en janvier 2005, 2988 villages sont déficitaires avec une population estimée à 3.297.482 habitants répartis sur l'ensemble du pays.

Sur le plan pastoral, la campagne 2004 a été caractérisée par un retard de l'installation de la végétation, particulièrement en zone pastorale où les premières pluies utiles n'ont été …

31 Mar 2005 description

General Situation during March 2005

Forecast until mid-May 2005

Spring breeding commenced during March in Northwest Africa where a limited number of swarms laid eggs in the northeastern Algerian Sahara and, to a lesser extent, in northeast Morocco. Hatching will take place and low numbers of hopper bands will form during April in these areas and probably elsewhere along the southern side of the Atlas Mountains. Several immature swarms that persisted in southern Senegal and Guinea during March will eventually move towards central Mali in April and May.

31 Mar 2005 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, le 31 mars (IRIN) - Les Nations unies ont augmenté de 38 millions de dollars le montant initial de l'appel de fonds lancé en faveur de l'Afrique de l'ouest pour aider certains pays de la sous-région à faire face aux conséquences du dernier péril acridien et à la sécheresse localisée qui s'en est suivie, ont indiqué mercredi des représentants des Nations unies.

Le montant total des fonds à recueillir dans le cadre de l'appel à l'aide humanitaire (Consolidated Appeals Process, CAP) lancé en faveur de la région a été porté à 190,3 millions, au lieu des …

31 Mar 2005 description


Les marchés céréaliers : un rôle prépondérant dans la gestion des crises alimentaires au Sahel
I. RESUME

30 Mar 2005 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

DAKAR, 30 March (IRIN) - The United Nations has increased its 2005 appeal for West Africa by $38 million in order to help countries battling with the aftermath of last locust invasion and localised drought, officials said on Wednesday.

The total sum sought in the regional funding request, known as the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), has been raised to US $190.3 million from the original request of $152.3 million, which was circulated to donors five months ago.

"It has been revised …

25 Mar 2005 description


SOMMAIRE ET IMPLICATIONS
La production céréalière de cette année est la seconde la plus importante des dix dernières années. Malgré ce niveau de production, les prix ont connu une hausse progressive depuis les récoltes, affectant ainsi les ménages les plus pauvres dépendant des marchés. La hausse des prix est due à la demande des pays voisins et celle des poches de déficit local suite à l'invasion des criquets pèlerins et l'arrêt précoce des pluies sans oublier les achats institutionnels.

24 Mar 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:

July-September 2005 Forecasts

Sahel


There is a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across central Sahel in the areas including south central Mali, Burkina Faso, central and western Niger, and southern Chad. There is a slight tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over western Mali, and portions of northern Chad.

Northern Horn of Africa

23 Mar 2005 description
report AlertNet

By Mercedes Sayagues

23 Mar 2005 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is appealing for $10 million to ensure the double ravages of drought and locusts do not combine to destroy the livelihoods of over 800,000 vulnerable people living in Mali and Niger, two of the four lowest-ranked countries in a UN Human Development Index.

22 Mar 2005 description

DAKAR - The United Nations World Food Programme is today appealing for US$10 million to ensure the double ravages of drought and a locust invasion do not combine to destroy the livelihoods of over 800,000 vulnerable people living in Mali and Niger.

16 Mar 2005 description

The Desert Locust situation continues to improve in Northwest Africa where control operations and locust infestations keep declining in Algeria and Morocco. Nevertheless, some adults have matured and started laying eggs. Hatching will begin in about two to three weeks, followed by the formation of a limited number of hopper bands. A few immature swarms persist in Guinea. In northeast Sudan, a small number of immature swarms have formed and more are expected in the coming weeks in the general area including adjacent parts of Egypt.

07 Mar 2005 description
report World Bank

News Release No:2005/369/AFR

Washington, DC, March 7, 2005 - The World Bank today announced that the ambassadors of seven African countries signed a series of agreements with the Bank's International Development Association (IDA) for the Africa Emergency Locust Project.

Beneficiary countries are Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal.

The signing formally puts the anti-locust program into effect.

04 Mar 2005 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, le 4 mars (IRIN) - Plus d'un million de personnes ont besoin d'aide alimentaire dans les régions du Mali affectées par la dernière invasion acridienne et les faibles pluies enregistrées au cours de la dernière campagne agricole, ont prévenu les autorités maliennes.

Dans le rapport d'une mission d'évaluation de la situation alimentaire effectuée le mois dernier dans le pays, les techniciens du Système d'alerte précoce (SAP) du gouvernement malien estiment que plus d'un million de personnes ont besoin d'une aide alimentaire d'urgence.

03 Mar 2005 description


Weekly Introduction:

June-August 2005 Forecasts

Sahel:

There is a low to moderate tilt in the odds favoring above normal across central Sahel from western Mali into central Niger. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Northern Horn of Africa:

The outlook for June-August 2005 at four months lead calls for a slight tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall over portions of northern and central Ethiopia. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea Region:

02 Mar 2005 description
report Oxfam

In September 2004 the West African countries of Mali, Mauritania and Senegal were visited by the desert locus, the single most destructive insect on our planet. And they arrived in their millions, destroying crops like maize, sorghum and millet right at the time when it was due to be harvested.

01 Mar 2005 description


Rising grain prices threaten household buying power in the Sahel
I. SUMMARY

Grain prices in the Sahel continue to rise, particularly in areas especially hard hit by production shortfalls in the wake of the drought and the locust outbreak. Rising prices are making access to staple grain products increasingly difficult for impoverished area residents. The governments of the Sahelian countries, with the support of their food security partners, are responding with supply-side measures designed to improve food availability and facilitate food access.