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Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief March 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR SEPTEMBER 2014

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Price Watch January 2014 Prices

Key Messages

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.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief February 2014

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.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 22 - February 2014

Global Highlights

  • The global cereal price index decreased by 23% on a year-on-year basis in the October-December 2013 quarter, driven by significant drops in nominal prices of maize (-37%), wheat (-13%) and rice (-22%).

  • Comparing quarterly averages, real prices2 of maize and rice fell by 17% and 10%, respectively, between Q3 and Q4 2013, while wheat prices remained stable.

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief January 2014

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JULY 2014

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Food Assistance Outlook Brief December 2013

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2014

Summary

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OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development

Vienna, Austria, December 11, 2013. Meeting in its 145th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing over US$403m to boost socio-economic development in over 35 partner countries. Of the new commitments some US$306.04m went to support 14 public sector loans and seven grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, education, energy, poverty reduction, and water supply and sanitation projects. Under OFID’s private sector and trade finance programs, eight projects totalling US$97m were approved.

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Price Watch: October 2013 Prices

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KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market supplies improved throughout the region in October due to average ongoing harvests. Carryover stocks were average to above-average in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Benin but below-average in many areas of the Niger and Nigeria due to the effects flood and conflict that disrupted the marketing system in 2012 and early 2013. Stable rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-5).

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Price Watch: September 2013 Prices

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KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, cereals trade between the region’s surplus and deficit zones increased in September. Staple food prices remained stable throughout most of the central basin in September as producers and traders sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in many structurally-deficit areas as the lean season can to an end. Rice imports from international markets contributed to adequate food availability the Western Basin (Pages 3-5).

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Global Food Security Update - Issue 12, October 2013

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

• In Syria, revised estimates indicate that the number of IDPs has risen to 6.5 million from 4.25 million in July. Vulnerability is increasing due to conflict, reduced economic activity, reduced crop production and high prices. As of October, UNHCR reports that over 2 million Syrians had found refuge in neighboring countries.

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Price Watch: July 2013 Prices

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KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, the effects of last year's flood-related production shortfalls and civil insecurity in Nigeria continue to disrupt staple food and livestock markets. Staple food prices remained stable in the central basin in July as producers sold remaining stocks from above-average 2012 harvests. Cereal prices were stable or increased in most structurallydeficit areas as the lean season progressed. (Pages 3-5).

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 26 August – 02 September

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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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 12 - 19 August

Snapshot 12 – 19 August

In Syria, fighting between governmental forces and opposition groups has been concentrated in Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, Homs, Lattakia and Rural Damascus this week. Meanwhile, infighting is ongoing within the opposition. As during previous weeks, FSA forces have clashed with Islamist opposition groups on multiple occasions while Kurdish groups continued to fight with Islamist groups in the north of the country. The mass influx of Syrian refugees to neighbouring countries is ongoing. As of 19 August, over 1.9 million Syrians had fled the country.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 05 - 12 August

Typhoon Utor, locally known as Labuyo, struck the Philippines in the mountainous north of Luzon. While information to date remains limited, some 22 people are reportedly missing and an estimated 935 are affected.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 29 July - 05 August

In Syria, Government forces are advancing in Homs and expected to retake opposition-held districts in the short-term, while operations have been ongoing in other major cities, including Aleppo and Damascus. Meanwhile, infighting within opposition forces is spreading between various armed groups. Clashes are continuously reported between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists near the border with Turkey in Al-Hassakeh and Ar-Raqqa governorates.

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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 20 - July 2013

Global Highlights

• The global cereal price index increased by 9% on a year-on-year basis in the April-June 2013 quarter, mostly driven by nominal price rises of maize and wheat (+7% and +17%, respectively).

• However, on a quarterly basis (Q2 vs. Q1 2013), real global maize, wheat and rice prices2 fell by 5%, 1%, and 2%, respectively. The marked price drop for maize is driven by the improved global stock-to-use ratio of maize (+12% y/y).

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CIDA Learns: Lessons from Evaluations 2012

About this report

Lessons drawn from evaluations can improve understanding of what constitutes good development, and what works and what does not, for both CIDA staff and partners who design and implement international development projects. Incorporating these lessons into our operations will also give Canadian taxpayers better value for their tax dollars.

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OFID Governing Board approves new loans and grants to boost socio-economic development

Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2013. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 143rd Session on June 13, has approved 17 loans and grants totaling over US$234 million to boost socio-economic development in over 44 partner countries. The majority of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, energy and water supply and sanitation projects.

The approved public sector loans are as follows:

Burkina Faso