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23 Jan 2015 description
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  • Humanitarian organizations respond to impacts of severe winter weather in Syria and neighboring countries.

  • UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution renewing the mandate to conduct UN cross-border and cross-line humanitarian assistance.

  • In 2014, Syrians surpass Afghans as the largest refugee population covered under the global mandate of UNHCR.


28 Feb 2013 description


  • Humanitarian agencies provide assistance to populations affected by weather-related incidents, including severe cold and floods

  • USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for countrywide nutrition and WASH support

  • The U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $38 million to date in FY 2013


30 Sep 2012 description


Natural hazards such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

12 Feb 2012 description

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | FEBRUARY 12, 2012 – International Organizations and aid groups funded by USAID have begun distributing emergency winter aid to vulnerable migrant populations in camps in areas surrounding Kabul. The aid, distributed by a task force led by the U.N. Office for the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), includes blankets, tarpaulins, clothing, stoves, and fuel. USAID, working through implementing partners Save The Children and the International Organization for Migration, distributed additional supplies to fill any gaps left by OCHA's distribution.

01 Nov 2011 description


Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.

30 Sep 2011 description


  • An estimated 2.86 million people are food insecure in 14 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces due to a below-normal wheat crop production following limited rain and snowfall during the winter months, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Households in northwestern Afghanistan that are dependent on rain-fed wheat crops are expected to experience consumption deficits until the next harvest occurs in the spring of 2012, according to the USAID-supported Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

25 Jul 2008 description


- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.