Por Kenton X. Chance
El agricultor de la isla caribeña de Santa Lucía, Anthony Herman esperaba recuperar el año próximo parte de lo que perdió cuando 70 por ciento de su cultivo de castaña de cajú se marchitó y murió bajo el abrasador sol del sur del Caribe. Pero le clima le tenía preparada otra sorpresa.
CASTRIES, Jun 2 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun.
But on June 1, the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season which coincides with the rainy season, the 63-year-old man, who has been farming for four decades, received “frightening” news about weather conditions in the region over the next year or so.
Latin America and the Caribbean: World's first region to reach both international hunger goals
With the percentage of undernourishment falling to 5.5% and the total number to 34.3 million, LAC achieved the goal of the Millennium Development Goals and the World Food Summit.
Porcentaje de subalimentación cayó a 5,5 % y el número total a 34.3 millones, con lo que ALC logró la meta de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio y la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación.
0. MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
Important achievements have been made in the Caribbean in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. However there is still room for further improvement in terms of institutionalization of tools and processes. The change in the HIP will consolidate the work made on seismic risks and will allow concretizing linking relief, rehabilitation and development opportunities with EU Delegations. In addition, more synergies will be sought with the private sector in the region.
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.
The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), will continue its volcano awareness activities this week, as it continues to focus on the risk and science associated with an active volcano.
The activities are being held to coincide with the commemoration of the 36th Anniversary since the last eruption of La Soufriere on 13th April 1979.
NEMO said that this year it is targeting primary and secondary school students throughout the mainland and two communities which are likely to be impacted by an eruption of La Soufriere.
A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• In 2009, a $150,000 grant from GFDRR enabled the World Bank to galvanize over $200 million in disaster risk reduction investments in the Eastern Caribbean such as coastal protection, strengthening of schools and health clinics, improved drainage systems, and slope stabilization.
Health officials say this country is continuing to see a decrease in the number of reported cases of the Chikungunya, Mosquito-borne illnesses.
Several persons across St. Vincent and the Grenadines were affected last year by the outbreak of the Chikungunya virus, which is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Epidemiologist, Dr. Rosmond Adams, told NBC news that there were approximately 1,245 suspected cases in 2014, with 173 confirmed. He further stated that there has been a steady decline in the cases locally and regionally.
GFDRR supports resilient reconstruction planning and post-disaster assessments, helping more than 50 disaster-affected countries with these approaches since its launch in 2007.
Why Resilience Matters for Recovery
América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación
La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%
Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal
Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger
10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.
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Working environment The intensification of several humanitarian crises in Africa and in the Middle East is keeping global resettlement needs high. Thanks to the generosity of countries such as the United States and Canada, which have large resettlement programmes, many vulnerable refugees are able to find a solution to their plight.
Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre
El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año
Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.
Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.
By Desmond Brown
PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 2014 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.
But the last two times, it was more “severe and frightening” than anything she had witnessed before.
“The last time the river came down it reached on the ball ground [playing field] and you had people catching fish on the ball ground. So this time now (Dec. 24, 2013), it did more damage,” Williams, 48, told IPS.
The Event and immediate aftermath
A low pressure tropical trough brought heavy rainfalls to the Eastern Caribbean on 24th December 2013, severely affecting the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and St Lucia. The sustained torrential rains caused severe flooding, landslides, and damage to infrastructures including health facilities, homes, roads and bridges.