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World + 5 others
Fortified food - persuading the private sector to do good

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IRIN

LONDON, 18 April 2014 (IRIN) - With a certain amount of fanfare, Nigeria has just officially become a middle income country. It is not the sort of country associated with widespread hunger, or a country where people normally get, or expect to get, food aid. And yet around a quarter of small children in Nigeria are underweight, and around 40 percent are stunted; they do not get enough nutritious food to reach their full physical and mental potential.

IRIN:

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World + 21 others
CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Nigeria + 6 others
West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 8– 14 April 2014

CAMEROON
7,000 NEW ARRIVALS FROM CAR
The influx of refugees from CAR continues with some 7,000 arrivals since the previous week. The number of entry points increased following violence near the former main crossings at Garoua Boulai and Kenzou. Many refugees arrive exhausted and with injuries. In 2014, Cameroon has received almost 70,000 CAR refugees.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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World + 39 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 8 – 15 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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World + 14 others
Field Exchange No. 47 (April 2014)

• Milling vouchers in South Sudan

• IYCF indicators in small sample surveys

• Surge support to CMAM services in Kenya

• Goat feeding and milk access in Ethiopia

• Nutrition impact and positive practice circles

• Sectoral integration with cash programming

• Barrier analysis on breastfeeding in Mali

• Material support to health posts in Ethiopia

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Mali + 10 others
West Africa - Seasonal Monitor - April 2, 2014

Key Messages

Timely start to the rainy season in the Bi-modal zone

  • February to March rainfall estimates in conjunction with medium term forecasts indicate that the onset of the long season rains (March to July) began in the Bi-modal zone of West Africa in mid-March, as would be expected in a typical year.

  • Current climatic conditions are favorable for a normal start of agricultural activities in April in the Bi-modal zone.

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Mali Bulletin humanitaire, mars 2014

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • Plus de 1,5 million de personnes sont touchées par l’insécurité alimentaire sévère.

  • Environ 172 000 élèves sont inscrits dans les écoles du nord pour l’année scolaire 2013/2014.

  • Une enquête conduite auprès d’environ 4 000 personnes à Tombouctou montre que 78 pour cent d’entre elles restent affectées psychologiquement par le conflit.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Mali March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • More than 1.5 million people are affected by severe food insecurity.

  • Approximately 172,000 pupils enrolled in the north during the 2013/2014 school year.

  • A survey of almost 4,000 people in Timbuktu indicated that 78 per cent are still psychologically affected by the conflict.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Nigeria + 12 others
West and Central Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin - March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

· Two-week increase in IDPs in Bangui, from 177,000 to 203,500. Total in CAR stands at 628,500.

· Over 325,000 CAR refugees in neighbouring Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo, more than 89,700 since December 2013.

· Threatening situation for at least 15,000 Muslims, trapped in Bangui and other areas in CAR.

· More than250,000 IDPs in north-eastern Nigeria, according to NEMA assessment.

· 157 suspected cases of Ebola including 101 deaths reported in Guinea as of 7 April.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Burkina Faso + 1 other
Malian refugees in Burkina Faso get solar cookers

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Caritas

Food and water are not always abundant in the Sahel region. But one thing that is, is sunshine.

Caritas has been helping communities in Mentao refugee camp, Burkina Faso, make the most of the region’s scorching heat by providing Malian refugees with solar cookers.

They look like upturned satellite dishes but are incredibly useful in an area where gathering firewood can cause deforestation and problems with the local people over the depletion of resources.

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Burkina Faso + 1 other
Burkina Faso : Rapport trimestriel de coordination humanitaire -1er trimestre 2014

Ce rapport présente la situation humanitaire des mois de Janvier, février et mars 2014. Il a été produit sur la base des informations collectées auprès des partenaires humanitaires.

I. Bref aperçu de la situation humanitaire

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Les activités du CIRC au Mali en 2013 - Faits et chiffres

08-04-2014 Faits et chiffres

L’année 2013 a été marquée par une nette croissance des activités du CICR au Mali; conséquence de l’augmentation des besoins des populations affectées par le conflit.

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Burkina Faso + 1 other
Réfugiés maliens au Burkina Faso reçoivent cuisinières solaires

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Caritas

L’eau et la nourriture ne sont pas toujours abondantes dans la région du Sahel. Mais une chose l’est : c’est le soleil.

Caritas aide les communautés dans le camp de réfugiés de Mentao, au Burkina Faso, à tirer au maximum profit de la chaleur torride de la région en fournissant aux réfugiés maliens des cuisinières solaires.

Elles ressemblent à des antennes paraboliques retournées, mais sont extrêmement utiles dans les zones où la collecte de bois pourrait provoquer la déforestation, ou même des problèmes avec la population locale, à cause de l’épuisement des ressources.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 1 – 8 April

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Mali + 3 others
Mali: Humanitarian Snapshot (as of March 2014)

The figures of people in need of immediate food assistance has increased from 812,000 in December 2013 to 1.5 million people in March 2014 according to the findings of the Cadre Harmonisé.
If an adequate food assistance is not provided to these people their figure will reach 1.9 million in June according to the same source.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Niger + 2 others
Niger : Bulletin humanitaire mensuel numéro 03 | mars 2014

Les organisations humanitaires sont inquiètes du faible niveau de financement du Plan stratégique de réponse du Niger. La nutrition et la sécurité alimentaire sont financés à 0,6% et 0,2%.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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World + 6 others
Purchase for Progress (P4P) March 2014 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

Local bean sales in West Africa…………………pages 1-2
Procurement update……………………………....page 3
Blog: Call for post-pilot in Latin America………..page 4-5
Spotlight on P4P in Tanzania…………………….pages 5
P4P contact information and news………………page 6

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World + 1 other
Meet the Experts: Bringing Water to Rural Communities to Increase Food Security

Meet Dr. Emily Van Houweling, Associate Director of Women and Gender in International Development at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), home of two Feed the Future Innovation Labs. Emily has worked across Sub-Saharan Africa with development partners including the U.S. Government, universities, local NGOs and the World Bank to improve rural water supplies. From 2006-2008, she served as a Water Resource Management Extension Agent in Mali with the Peace Corps. We talked with her to learn why water matters for food security and economic growth.

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Mali + 9 others
Situation Update: The Sahel Crisis - 3 April 2014

The agricultural production of the poorest households in 2013 covered their nutritional needs only until March 2014. They now depend entirely on markets to access food.