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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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World + 43 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 March – 1 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 + 18 others
Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

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Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 19 - 25 March

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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Italy + 10 others
On a high seas rescue mission with the Italian Navy

ON BOARD THE SAN GIUSTO, Mediterranean Sea, March 20 (UNHCR) – The winds and waves decide the fate of those who flee across the Mediterranean. When the gusts push from north to south and the swells off the Libyan coast are animated, asylum-seekers remain hidden in small houses with their smugglers. But when the weather clears and the air currents stir from south to north, they meet on the seaside where they board grey rubber rafts and colourful wooden boats and make their way toward the watery horizon.

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World + 42 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 11 - 18 March

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 + 12 others
African Union Launches Regional Initiative to Stabilize Sahel

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Voice of America

Peter Clottey March 06, 2014

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.

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World + 36 others
Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 1, March 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 25 February – 04 March

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 + 36 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 18 - 25 February

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 11 – 18 February

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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Cameroon + 14 others
West and Central Africa Humanitarian Bulletin January 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Catherine Samba-Panza elected President of the Central African Republic

  • Revised Strategic Response Plan for CAR appeals for US$551.3 million to assist 1.9 million people

  • Donors pledge US$500 million for aid to CAR at high-level meeting in Brussels

  • Some 5,700 Malian refugees return between June and December 2013

  • Over 4,000 people seek refuge in Cameroon after clashes in northeast Nigeria in mid-January

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 + 34 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 04 – 11 February

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 + 26 others
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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World + 21 others
Overview of Global Humanitarian Response 2014

To respond to humanitarian emergencies around the world in 2014, $12.9 billion is needed to help 52 million people. A record $6.5 billion is required for Syria operations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Kenya + 8 others
Effectiveness Review: Promoting Women's Rights Across Africa: Raising Her Voice Pan Africa

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Oxfam

The ‘Promoting Women’s Rights Across Africa’ (Pan-Africa) project forms part of the Oxfam GB Raising her Voice (RHV) programme portfolio, which aims to support and strengthen women’s roles in shaping policy and local governance. Through the Pan Africa project, RHV committed to support the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition (SOAWR) secretariat in Kenya as well as partners (SOAWR coalition members) in Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, The Gambia, Mozambique, Liberia, Nigeria and South Africa.

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Mali + 12 others
Situation Update: The Sahel Crisis - 10 December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Despite the 2013 harvest in the Sahel being equivalent to the last five years average, preliminary figures indicate that at least 13 million people (excluding Nigeria) are still food insecure, due to limited access to food. The agricultural production of the poorest households is insufficient to restore their livelihoods and is expected to cover only their nutritional needs for the next two to three months. Thereafter they will depend entirely on markets.

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World + 15 others
Landmine Monitor 2013

Records were set in 2012 for the lowest number of new reported casualties, largest amount of landmine-contaminated land cleared, and highest level of global funding for mine action.

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Mali + 10 others
Sahel Humanitarian Dashboard (as of October 2013)

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 + 38 others
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.