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.
A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers are deployed by WHO to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. This team comes with vast experience in managing Ebola outbreaks, having faced many cases of this disease since 2000. They work shifts alongside their Liberian colleagues to provide around the clock care and to help maintain strict infection control measures.
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).
Malteser International distributes food, seeds to displaced population
Cologne/Juba. In South Sudan’s Western Equatoria, Malteser International is distributing staple foods such as corn, rice, beans, and cooking oil to 7,500 people at risk of starvation after being displaced by the country’s civil war. In addition, the agency is distributing corn and peanut seeds as well as farming tools for the next planting season.
Addis Ababa, on 27 August 2014: The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union
(AU), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, met with the newly-appointed United Nations Special Envoy
for the Great Lakes Region, Said Djinnit, on 26 August 2014, at the AU’s headquarters in Addis
Ababa, as he begins his new mission in the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Djinnit also held discussions
with the Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui.
Le HCR a clôturé le rapatriement des réfugiés de la RDC vivant en République du Congo le 30 juillet. Au total 119.024 réfugiés ont été rapatriés, ce qui dépasse les chiffres de planification de 110.000. Plusieurs projets sont mis en oeuvre dans les zones de retour pour assurer la réintégration.
Addis Abéba, le 27 août 2014: La Présidente de la Commission de l'Union africaine (UA), Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a reçu le 26 août 2014, au siège de l'UA, le nouvel Envoyé spécial des Nations unies pour la Région des Grands Lacs, Saïd Djinnit, qui a également rencontré le Commissaire à la Paix et à la Sécurité, Smaïl Chergui, et ce alors qu’il entame sa nouvelle mission dans les Grands Lacs.
Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.
KAMPALA, Aug 21 2014 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an “AIDS-free generation” now a “backwards” HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the “wilful and intentional” transmission of the disease has been signed into law.
The act, they say, will lead to people shunning testing and treatment, but will particularly drive sex workers and gay men underground, and make women more vulnerable to domestic violence.