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06 Mar 2015 description

The African Development Bank Board approved an additional financing of US $8.37 million (on March 4, 2015 from the Global Environment Facility’s (GEF) Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF)[1] for the Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (WSSP), already financed by the Bank. The GEF financing will increase the resilience of the natural environment and the physical infrastructure of vulnerable drought and flood prone districts in Eastern Uganda.

05 Mar 2015 description

DFID is funding research to help destroy Striga’, a parasitic plant that seriously constrains productivity of food staples such as maize in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Striga’, also known as ‘Witchweed’, is a parasitic plant that seriously constrains productivity of food staples such as maize in Sub-Saharan Africa. Causing considerable crop losses, it compromises income and food security for more than 100 million people across Africa.

05 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • A total of 144,602 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 91,0011 in Adjumani, 12,741 in Arua, 33,370 in Kiryandongo and 7,490 in Kampala. There were 572 new arrivals during the reporting period.

  • Across all South Sudanese refugee hosting areas preparations were underway for International Women’s Day (8 March) with women’s groups and refugee leaders.

05 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO has further raised its estimate of the 2014 world cereal production and its forecast for global cereal stocks. Early prospects for cereal supplies in 2015/16 are mostly favourable, partly sustained by large stocks accumulated over the previous two seasons.

  • FAO’s first forecast for global wheat production in 2015 indicates a likely small contraction, mostly reflecting an expected decline in Europe from last year’s record output.

05 Mar 2015 description

Unaccompanied boys and girls are among the hundreds of thousands of people who have been fleeing continuing violence, from South Sudan into neighbouring Ethiopia, Uganda, Sudan and Kenya. The use of a "snapshot book" by the ICRC and local Red Cross Societies is helping both adults and children find missing relatives. Since the beginning of the year, about 120 matches have been made.

05 Mar 2015 description

Nearly two billion people worldwide live in rural areas and are heavily dependent upon small-scale subsistence farming, and the majority of these smallholder farmers are women. As the demand for crops from developing countries increases, more smallholder farmers have ramped up their production and attempted to connect with the global supply chain. However, these farmers often lack the technical and managerial skills to effectively navigate finances, production costs, fluctuating market prices, and crop pests and diseases.

05 Mar 2015 description

February 26, 2015
Feed the Future | Newsletter

Stella Oyuku is a 34-year-old mother of four and member of the Obol Neno Women’s Group in northern Uganda’s Oyam District – a region where livestock farming is an important economic activity, and a means to eliminate household poverty.

Oyuku had long hoped to save money and buy a goat that would produce milk and offspring that she could sell for income. However, banks and lenders were far from her community and, without financial education, her dream was very far from reality.

04 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• The ‘short rains’ (‘Deyr’) season of late 2014 has performed poorly across East Africa. North-east Kenya and southern Somalia have been affected by persistently drier than average conditions since the early stages of the season.

• This poor seasonal performance compounds the effect of significant rainfall deficits during previous seasons, resulting in extended long-term dryness mostly affecting pastoralist resources.

04 Mar 2015 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l’Union africaine (UA), en sa 488ème réunion tenue le 23 février 2015, a adopté la décision qui suit sur la situation dans la région des Grands Lacs:

Le Conseil,

03 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

EDUCATION

03 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • An increase in the average nominal retail prices for maize grain, sorghum and beans was noted during the month of January in Karamoja. However, prices for maize grain were still lower than for the same period last year.

  • In Karamoja, an increase in goat prices led to improved terms of trade (TOT) against maize grain.
    On the other hand, the TOT for daily labour wage deteriorated due to a slight increase in maize grain prices.

03 Mar 2015 description

General Situation during February 2015 Forecast until mid-April 2015

03 Mar 2015 description

Afghanistan: Heavy snowfall has caused avalanches in northern, central and eastern Afghanistan; 280 people have died. Panshir province is most affected. Communication lines have been disrupted in places, power supplies to Kabul have been cut. Priority needs are for NFIs and emergency shelter; access to isolated areas is difficult.

03 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • As per the inter agency regional refugee response plan, WFP provides hot meals at reception centers and monthly family rations to those who have resettled in the camps. High energy biscuits are provided at the border points for immediate relief.
    In addition, nutrition activities are ongoing to rehabilitate those malnourished and prevent further deterioration of malnutrition levels.

03 Mar 2015 description

Kampala, 3 March 2015 — Climate stresses and limited adaptive capacity are increasing Africa´s vulnerability to climate change. For example, Uganda currently is exposed to impacts of climate change as a large majority of its total population is dependent economically on rain-fed agriculture.

02 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A total of 143,806 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 90,3431 in Adjumani, 12,728 in Arua, 33,229 in Kiryandongo and 7,506 in Kampala. There were 1,203 new arrivals during the reporting period.

02 Mar 2015 description

In Iganga, Uganda, the community group Musana has changed its model from dependency on outsiders to local initiative.

By Beth Alaimo, Global Envision MARCH 2, 2015

Iganga, a town conveniently located along the central highway from Kampala to Nairobi, is much more than a popular truck stop. It's where Musana, a community organization breaking Uganda’s reliance on foreign aid, has made its home.

01 Mar 2015 description

Livestock quarantine lifted across most northern areas

Key Messages

Poor households in Karamoja started their lean seasons one to four months earlier than expected in March, due to a below-average harvest arising from poor and erratic April/May rains. Food consumption is below-average due to depleted food stocks and inadequate incomes. Although Stressed (IPC Phase 2) is expected, food security could deteriorate to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) by May.