- Pakistan: OCHA & FAO Joint Mission: Tharparkar (1-3 May 2016)
- WFP Pakistan Country Brief, Apr 2016
- Inter-cluster mission to North Waziristan Agency 18-22 Apr 2016
Appeals & Funding
The month saw violent extremist movements, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, carry out major deadly attacks in Turkey, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Belgium. In Libya, the arrival of Prime Minister Serraj in Tripoli despite warnings from multiple factions could lead to further destabilisation. Meanwhile in Central Africa, political violence rose in Burundi and could break out in Chad around the 10 April presidential election.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
General inflation in the region was estimated at 2.3 percent, and food price inflation at 2.6 percent in November compared to one year ago.
In China, prices for fresh vegetables rose as unusually cold weather in November hampered transport and disrupted supplies to markets.
In Indonesia, drought conditions linked to El Niño over large parts of the country resulted in major delays in planting of the main season crops.
December 2015 – Trends
- Deteriorated situations
Afghanistan, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Niger
- Improved situations
January 2016 – Watchlist
- Conflict risk alerts
- Conflict resolution opportunities
Hong Kong, China | AFP | Sunday 4/26/2015 - 06:17 GMT
by Jennifer O'MAHONY
International aid groups and governments intensified efforts to get rescuers and supplies into earthquake-hit Nepal on Sunday, but severed communications and landslides in the Himalayan nation posed formidable challenges to the relief effort.
Whether it's the Philippines, which recently experienced the strongest storm recorded, or Japan, which was devastated by the tsunami and earthquake in 2011 - the tragedies affecting these countries serve as a call to risk-prone countries throughout Asia and the Pacific to build and vigilantly maintain resilience to catastrophes.
Food Price Index registers first decline in nine months
The month of March saw a slight easing of global food prices as the FAO Food Price Index fell 2.9 percent for its first decline since June 2010. Nonetheless, food prices remained at poverty-inducing levels, were 37 percent higher than at the same time last year, and the global decline masked rising prices of key commodities in certain countries and regions.
The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.
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