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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Niger: Plan de Réponse Stratégique 2014 – Aperçu des financements au 16 Avril 2014

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Cameroon + 3 others
Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment

Report
IRIN

Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group Boko Haram are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials.

IRIN:

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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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Niger Price Bulletin April 2014

Millet, maize, cowpea, and imported rice are the most important food commodities. Millet is consumed by both rural and poor urban households throughout the country. Maize and imported rice are most important for urban households, while cowpea is mainly consumed by poor households in rural and urban areas as a protein source. Niamey is the most important national market and an international trade center, and also supplies urban households. Tillaberi is also an urban center that supplies the surrounding area. Gaya market represents a main urban market for maize with cross-border connections.

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World + 1 other
The impact of cash and food transfers - Evidence from a randomized intervention in Niger

There is little rigorous evidence on the comparative impacts of cash and food transfers on food security and food-related outcomes. We assess the relative impacts of receiving cash versus food transfers using a randomized design. Drawing on data collected in eastern Niger, we find that households randomized to receive a food basket experienced larger, positive impacts on measures of food consumption and diet quality than those receiving the cash transfer. Receiving food also reduced the use of a number of coping strategies.

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Niger + 2 others
Update: TSF's 3rd year on the borders of Mali

2 years on the borders of Mali

The month of March 2014 saw TSF entering into its third year of presence on the Malian borders.

For an information sheet summarising TSF's operations on the Malian borders, click here.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 11 April 2014

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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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Polio this week - as of 9 April 2014

  • First mass vaccination campaigns started in the Middle East since a polio case was reported in Iraq. Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt on 6 April and Turkey on 7 April, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over five days. For Iraq, this is the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio in a six-month-old boy from northern Baghdad was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March.

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Malawi + 9 others
New EU programme to strengthen land governance in ten African countries

Summary: 9 April 2014, Brussels - A new programme worth €33 million to improve land governance and help improve the food and nutrition security of family farmers and vulnerable communities in Sub Saharan Africa, was announced today by Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. This will be done, among other things, through the application, at country level, of some Voluntary Guidelines set up by the international community in 2012 to improve land governance.

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World + 4 others
10 years of EU and FAO joint work on agriculture and food security

•The European Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have had a steadfast and generous partnership in promoting sustainable rural development to improve the lives of the poor for over ten years.

•The EU is the biggest donor to the FAO, contributing US$1.2 billion to FAO’s field programme from 2008-2013.

•New projects signed between the EU and FAO in 2013 alone amounted to nearly US$ 200 million, of which 87% are funded through the EU’s delegations.

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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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Niger + 1 other
Sahel operation | Diffa Situation (Niger) as of March 2014

Situation overview

Since May 2013, southeastern Niger (Diffa region) has witnessed an influx of an estimated 50,000 displaced persons from Northern Nigeria following the declaration of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in Nigeria on 14 May 2013. The displaced population is seeking shelter in the families and villages of Niger.

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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.

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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:

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Niger + 1 other
Community Action Committees: key players in helping the displaced population

Bako has his phone ringing. Once again, it is another call from the town of Maine Soroa to inform him of the arrival of a new family who fled Nigeria. Bako’s phone often rings.

Bako’s real name is Abderrahmane Ahmed, and he is the General Secretary of the Community Action Committee (CAC) of the commune of Maine Soroa, in the Diffa region.

In Niger, community groups are old; they were institutionalized under President Seyni Kountche (1974-1983). The CACs are a new version established by Mahamadou Issoufou, the current President of the country.

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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.