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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods



  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

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Joint statement by the UN, IGAD and EU Envoys to Somalia International partners welcome reconciliation progress in Kismayo

Mogadishu, 31 August 2014 – The United Nations, Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and European Union (EU) welcomed the agreement by Col Barre Adan Shire (Barre Hiiraale) to participate in a reconciliation process and for his irregular military forces to present themselves for screening and potential integration into the Somali National Army (SNA) with the support of the Federal Government of Somalia.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch August 2014 Prices


  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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World + 4 others
Contre les jihadistes, les pays africains appelés à partager ressources et informations



NAIROBI, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Contre les groupes jihadistes qui, de l'ouest à l'est de l'Afrique, prospèrent sur la pauvreté et la corruption, les Etats ont un besoin vital de partager ressources et informations, estiment des experts.

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Shebab rebels in car bomb, gun attack on Somalia intelligence HQ

08/31/2014 13:23 GMT

MOGADISHU, August 31, 2014 (AFP) - Somalia's Shebab rebels carried out a major car bomb and gun attack against an intelligence headquarters in central Mogadishu on Sunday, leaving at least seven militants and four others dead.

The Al-Qaeda-linked militia claimed responsibility for the raid against the complex, which also houses a major detention facility, saying it was being used for the "torture and humiliation" of "innocent Muslims".

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Somalia Price Bulletin August 2014


The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

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Somalia + 1 other
ACT Alliance Alert: Drought and Food insecurity in Somalia

ACT Alliance
  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire with drought alerts being sounded. In February, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU)1 and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)2, indicated that around 860,000 people would remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)3 and higher phases through June 2014. There are reports that over 300,000 malnourished children in Somalia and a total nearing a million people are in need of life-saving help.

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Listening in to Central Somalia: Tracking food security and livelihood indicators for IDPs

After three survey rounds in Somalia, the time has come to take a look at results. As in the Democratic Republic of Congo, our operators in Somalia have been conducting live interviews by phone from a call center established in a WFP field office. In Somalia, we ask displaced people living in camps in Central Somalia about their food consumption and the coping strategies they use.

Food consumption score: degradation as the lean season progresses

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Somalia Rainfall Outlook - Deyr 2014 Issued: 29th August, 2014

Good Deyr rains are expected in many parts of Somalia

The Deyr rains are usually shorter and less in quanƟty than the Gu rains, however, they are beneficial in supporting agricultural activities and boosting water availability for different uses. Generally the season starts in late September and ends in November. Nevertheless, this varies from place to place across the country with the northern parts receiving the rains much earlier than the southern parts.

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U.S. Special Representative for Somalia, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and EU Ambassador to Somalia Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region [EN/SO]

United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d'Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer, Sool Region.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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Nine killed in fighting between rival regions in north Somalia

By Abdiqani Hassan

BOSSASSO, Somalia, Aug 28 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed in fighting on Thursday between rival areas in Somalia's usually calm Somaliland region, residents said, highlighting the fragility of security improvements anywhere in the Horn of Africa nation.

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Somalia Market Data Update - July 2014 (Issued August 28, 2014)


Inflation: The Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained stable or changed marginally month-on-month (2-4%) in June-July 2014 across the country.
The past two months inflation increased as compared to the previous year, most significantly in the South (21-26%) and Central Zones (by 10-13%).
Compared to the base period (March 2007), the CPI increased moderately in Somaliland shilling (SlSh) areas and significantly in Somali shilling (SoSh) areas.

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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.

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Somalia Drought & Food Insecurity: June 16 - August 18 2014

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Intervention Summary:

Already by June, erratic and delayed rains in the Horn of Africa had left an estimated 2.9 million people in need of food security assistance in Somalia alone. The below average rainfall from the October to December Deyr rains and the delayed April to June Gu rains is leading to two consecutive crop failures. Lack of pasture land and water have put vulnerable populations at high risk of not being able to meet their basic needs or maintain their livelihoods.

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Sudan + 7 others
September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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Helping build a new generation of female teachers

Mercy Corps

If you're a girl in many parts of the world — especially in some of the toughest places —the odds are stacked against you. In Somalia, barriers like early marriage, household responsibilities and traditional gender expectations make it nearly impossible to stay in school.

Beyond cultural challenges, schools are often located far from homes, forcing girls to take the risk of walking alone during their morning and afternoon commutes. Many schools also lack girl-friendly spaces — some don’t even have private latrines for girls.

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World + 8 others
Plus de 300 clandestins morts noyés la semaine dernière en mer Méditerranée

GENEVE, 26 août (HCR) – Plus de 300 personnes ont trouvé la mort durant leur tentative de traversée irrégulière depuis l'Afrique du Nord vers l'Europe la semaine dernière, ce qui porte le bilan des naufrages cette année à près de 1 900 personnes, y compris environ 1 600 depuis juin.

« Ces derniers jours ont été les plus meurtriers de 2014 en Méditerranée pour les personnes qui effectuent des traversées irrégulières vers l'Europe, avec au moins trois embarcations ayant chaviré ou coulé », a indiqué Melissa Fleming, porte-parole du HCR, aux journalistes à Genève.

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

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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World + 8 others
Three boat tragedies in five days on the Mediterranean – scores feared dead

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, and, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days