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02 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renewed fighting displaces more than 20,000 families across five provinces

  • Targeted attacks on aid workers and foreigners result in 20 aid worker deaths

  • USAID/OFDA commits additional assistance to support humanitarian coordination and health initiatives

16 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Approximately 48,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan to date in 2015, reflecting a substantial rise in the daily return rate from 2014.

  • Severe weather events affect more than 8,800 Afghan households in February and March.

  • USAID/FFP provides 40,300 metric tons (MT) in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

31 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Syria enters its fifth year of conflict

  • Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate

  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Jan 2015 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

28 Feb 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Sep 2012 description

OVERVIEW

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

PANORAMA GENERAL

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

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • 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

HIGHLIGHTS

- 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.