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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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Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

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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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IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 09 2014

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At week 9 of the 2014 epidemic season, one LGA in Nigeria was in epidemic phase and four districts were in alert phase in Benin, Ghana and Chad:

  • Benin: The district of Tanguieta has remained in alert phase with an AR of 7.4 and the district of Cobly has crossed again the alert threshold with an AR of 7.3;

  • Ghana: The district of Jirapa has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 5.3;

  • Nigeria: The LGA of Aliero has crossed again the epidemic threshold with an AR of 11.9;

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Forced Migration Review No. 45: Crisis

Many people who are displaced, or become ‘trapped’, in the context of diverse humanitarian crises do not fit well within existing legal, policy and operational frameworks for the protection of refugees and IDPs.

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 31 – November 6, 2013

An increase in rain across South Africa reduces early season rainfall deficits.

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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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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 17 – October 23, 2013

1) Since June, insufficient and poorly-distributed rainfall has led to large rainfall deficits across the Gulf of Guinea countries and has reduced maize yields in Ghana, southern Togo and in southwestern Nigeria. Although seasonal rainfall has increased during the second peak of the bi-modal rainfall season, below average thirty and sixty day rainfall totals have continued. Average rainfall is forecast during the next week.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 10 – October 16, 2013

 After a week of heavy rain, rains across bi-modal West Africa were light and below-average.

 Anomalous heavy early-season rainfall was observed across much of Mozambique.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 3 – October 9, 2013

Heavy rains were observed across dry areas in bi-modal regions along the Gulf of Guinea.

1) A pronounced late start of seasonal rainfall in July has delayed planting by approximately one month and has reduced crop yields across many parts of Sudan. The onset of continuous seasonal rainfall during September and October now remains critical for several local areas that have planted late. However, with seasonal rains quickly coming to an end, little time remains for additional rainfall.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook September 26 – October 2, 2013

 Some relief to dryness is expected across the Gulf of Guinea region during the end of September.

1) A pronounced late start of seasonal rainfall in July has delayed planting by approximately one month and has reduced crop yields across many parts of Sudan. The onset of continuous seasonal rainfall during mid to late September now remains critical for several local areas that have planted late.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 29 – September 4, 2013

 A slight reduction in rainfall was observed across West Africa, while seasonal rains continued over eastern Africa during the past week.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook August 22 – August 28, 2013

 A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed across a wide portion of Africa during the past week.

1) A delayed start of the rainfall season across northwestern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and bordering areas in Sudan has negatively impacted cropping activities, including planting. After this past week’s heavy rainfall, moderate rains are forecast during the next outlook period, which could help to alleviate dryness over the region.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET August 15 – August 21, 2013

  • Rainfall deficits grow along the Gulf of Guinea, while dryness persists in eastern Sudan.

1) A delayed start of the rainfall season across northwestern Ethiopia, southern Eritrea, and bordering areas in Sudan has begun to negatively impact cropping activities, including planting. Heavy rains are, however, forecast during the next outlook period, which could provide some relief to dry conditions throughout the region.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET August 1 – August 7, 2013

  • Torrential rains impacted parts of far western West Africa during the past week.

  • While above-average seasonal rains caused flooding in Ethiopia, dryness persisted in Sudan and Eritrea.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET July 25 – July 31, 2013

 Dryness worsens across Sudan, Eritrea and northwest Ethiopia.

 Abnormal dryness develops across bi-modal areas in Ghana and southern Togo.

1) A migratory locust outbreak in October-November was accelerated with the landfall of Tropical Cyclone Haruna in February, which provided favorable conditions for locust breeding throughout western Madagascar. This large-scale outbreak should subside with cooler weather in July-August.

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Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook For USAID / FEWS-NET July 18 – July 24, 2013

 Rains continue to recover across the Sahel of West Africa, while rainfall deficits develop along the Gulf of Guinea.

 Seasonal rainfall deficits grow and expand into eastern/central Sudan.

1) During much of May and the beginning of June, intermittent and insufficient rains had increased rainfall deficits over parts of northeastern Nigeria, resulting in poor NDVI values and delayed planting. However, recent moderate to heavy rains have decreased seasonal rainfall deficits and expected rains should be enough to satisfy cropping requirements.