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Mission of African Development Bank's Commission of Statistics visits Khartoum to improve agricultural and rural statistics

Khartoum, Oct. 22 (SUNA) - A mission from the Commission of Statistics at the African Development Bank, within the framework of Executive Plan of the Strategy on Improvement of Agricultural and Rural Statistics in Africa 2011-2015, under patronage of the African Development Bank in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The visit will last up to 30 of the current October.

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Social Security Investment Authority: production of improved wheat seeds begins next year

Khartoum, Oct. 23 (SUNA) - The Social Security Investment Authority has announced that it would begin production of wheat improved seeds next year in a number of states by focusing on the Northern State.

The Director of Investment Department at the authority Kamal Abdallah said that Sudan needs more than two million tons of wheat for the local consumption, adding that that quantity of wheat requires one million acres and 65,000 tons of improved seeds, stressing that the authority will share with 33% of which in a maximum three-year period.

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Herders murder farmer in Central Darfur's Nierteti

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Radio Dabanga

NIERTETI LOCALITY (22 Oct.) - A displaced farmer was killed in the agricultural area of Ali El Zubeir, Nierteti locality, Central Darfur, today.

“Ibrahim Hamed Ahmed was shot dead by militant herders on his farmland in the area of Ali El Zubeir, east of Nierteti town, on Wednesday morning,” a relative of the victim told Radio Dabanga.

“The herders threatened to kill any farmer who would cultivate parts of the area, saying that the area is meant for grazing.”

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West and East Africa - The 2014 Rainfall Season (October 2014)

Sahel

· Severe and seasonal rainfall deficits remain across many areas of the Sahelian region, in particular Senegal, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and eastern Niger.

· Serious impacts on agricultural production in Senegal and Mauritania can be expected. Perspectives are also unfavourable in eastern Niger and NE Nigeria.

Eastern region (Sudan, Ethiopia)

· Rainfall in September was favourable across the region. This trend has continued through October with wetter than average conditions.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Population growth far outpaces food supply in conflict-ravaged Sahel - study

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AlertNet

While the population grew rapidly, the production of crops remained essentially unchanged. Researchers warn that global warming and insurgencies will further exacerbate the food scarcity in the region.

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Food agencies expect improved harvests in Sudan

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Radio Dabanga

Food prices in Sudan remained at record-high levels, despite the generally better food security situation in much of East Africa, a United Nations agency said in its monthly food price index. Agriculture organisations forecasted improved harvests in most parts of Sudan in the coming months, except in the Darfur region and rebel-held areas in South Kordofan.

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East Africa Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis - October 2014

Assumptions for Quarterly Food Security Analysis

FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlook reports for October 2014 to March 2015 are based on the following regional assumptions:

SEASONAL PERFORMANCE

From September to December, 30 to 70 percent of total annual rainfall falls in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania (Figure 1).

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Global Weather Hazards Summary October 17-23, 2014

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 08–14 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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Herders drive livestock onto East and South Darfur farms

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Radio Dabanga

YASSIN LOCALITY / EL SALAM LOCALITY (7 Oct .) - Farmers in East and South Darfur complain about attacks by herdsmen and the release of livestock onto their farmlands.

Abu Zeid Adam Ibrahim Khater, omda of Labado in Yassin locality, East Darfur, told Radio Dabanga that herdsmen “armed by the government” graze their camels and cattle by force of arms in the area.

“The animals have destroyed large areas planted with broad beans, millet, and sorghum. The farmers who have been hit most are Nasreldin Ibrahim Khamis, and Omar Idris Ibrahim Khamis.”

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Emergency Transboundary Outbreak Pest (ETOP) Situation Update for September with a Forecast through Mid-November, 2014

SUMMARY

The Desert Locust (SGR1 ) situation remained calm in September in summer breeding areas in the western outbreak region. Only a few adults and hoppers were reported in Mauritania, Niger and Chad. A similar situation may be present in northern Mali where surveys were not possible.
Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia remained calm during this month.

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How to Build Resilience to Conflict: The Role of Food Security (October 2014)

This Food Policy Report explains why there is a need to place even higher priority on food security–related policies and programs in conflict-prone countries, and offers insights for policymakers regarding how to do so.

Main Findings

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 01–07 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Missile detonates in Darfur’s East Jebel Marra

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Radio Dabanga

EAST JEBEL MARRA(5 Oct.) -

More than 70 sheep and goats were killed when an unexploded missile detonated in the area of Khor Mali in East Jebel Marra on Saturday. Large tracts of farmlands burned to ashes.

“The animals must have moved the missile, causing it to detonate”, a farmer told Radio Dabanga from Khor Mali on Sunday afternoon.

“Vast tracts of farmlands planted with sorghum, millet, sesame, okra, and watermelons were destroyed,” he explained. “The fire is still burning.”

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South Sudan - Crisis Fact Sheet #55 Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • U.S. Government (USG) provides additional $83 million for emergency response assistance

  • Despite improving food security conditions, South Sudan faces one of the world’s worst food security crises

  • Land works and aid lead to incremental improvements at civilian protection site in Bentiu town, Unity State

KEY DEVELOPMENTS