An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.
FAO’s forecasts for global cereal production, consumption, trade and stocks in 2013/14 have all been raised since February, with overall supply conditions significantly improved compared to the previous season.
Export prices of wheat rose in February mainly on concerns about the 2014 winter wheat crop in the United States. Prices of maize also increased, supported by strong domestic and export demand for feed and industrial use. Overall, however, cereal export prices remained below their year-earlier levels.
In West Africa,2013/14 grain harvests were near-average in the Sahel and market supplies improved in may parts of the region in January. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases began in January at average levels in Niger, but above-average levels in Mali. Rice imports from international markets contributed food availability in coastal countries.
L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.
Elevated levels of food insecurity are anticipated in portions of the Sahel as the effects of localized crop production and pasture deficits negatively impact household food access. Acute food insecurity will be most severe in parts of Mauritania, Mali, Niger, and Chad. Between April and June, needs in the Sahel will exist in both pastoral and agropastoral areas. Once rains begin, needs will be concentrated in cropping areas where more than 4 million people will face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes.
2014 needs higher than last year in light of localize production deficits and conflict
The largest expected food security needs through the remainder of the 2014 consumption year, ending in September, are expected in Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and the Central African Republic. The increase in needs this year compared to last year is due to a combination of conflict (Nigeria, CAR) and production deficits in localized agropastoral areas of the Sahel (Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria and Chad).
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
Des études dévoilant l’ampleur des risques liés aux pesticides montrent le rôle essentiel des champs écoles de producteurs
17 février 2014, Rome – Les champs écoles de producteurs qui forment les agriculteurs aux méthodes alternatives de lutte contre les ravageurs sont parvenues à quasiment éliminer le recours aux pesticides toxiques au sein d'une communauté de cultivateurs de coton au Mali, selon une nouvelle étude de la FAO publiée aujourd'hui par la Royal Society de Londres.
ROME, February 17, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's navy said Monday it had saved over 1,000 migrants taking the perilous journey by boat across the Mediterranean this weekend, including 64 minors and a newborn baby.
Several boats carrying a total of 1,079 people were spotted and assisted since Friday, and the majority of them were being transported to the port of Augusta in Sicily on an Italian warship, the navy said in a statement.
A Joint Meeting of Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs has ended in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with additional recommendations for the operationalization and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations.