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29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.

28 Apr 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Poor rains affect crops in parts but overall 2014/15 winter/spring rice prospects remain favourable

  • Rice exports in 2015 are forecast to remain close to last year’s below-average level

  • Domestic prices of rice were unchanged in March 2015

Prospects for 2014/15 winter/spring rice remain favourable despite dry conditions affecting crops in central and southern provinces

28 Apr 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

DA NANG (VNS) — The central city has created a pilot programme to build stronger houses in disaster-affected areas in co-operation with domestic and foreign insurance companies.

Head of the city's Climate Change Co-Ordination Office (CCCO), Dinh Quang Cuong, said the insurance model would help poor rural people repair damage after natural disasters.

"It will be the first ever model introduced in Viet Nam," Cuong said. "We have been working with domestic and foreign insurers to offer minimum fees to the poor people.

27 Apr 2015 description

Allan Dow, Communication Officer

25/04/2015 Bangkok, Thailand

Representatives and scientists from 15 countries in Asia have agreed the establishment of a regional network to exchange information on conservation, preservation and utilization of Plant Genetic Resources (PGR), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has announced.

23 Apr 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Regional Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

22 Apr 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 13 April, there were 66 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015. Compared with the same period of the previous of 2012 to 2014, the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased slightly in 2015 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

22 Apr 2015 description

Local government officials in Quang Nam province trained the community on mitigating disaster risks and “evacuated” more than 250 people with the support of HFH Vietnam

21 Apr 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HCM CITY (VNS) — Many well-off farmers in Ninh Thuan, one of the provinces in the central region hardest hit by drought, have dug and dredged wells, and donated water to other farmers to help them save their crops and animals.

Nguyen Huu Tri in Ninh Hai District's Nhon Hai Commune, who owns the only well with water in his area, has shared his well water with more than 20 farming households in the Lon Spring area, Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer) newspaper has reported.

21 Apr 2015 description

By South East Asia correspondent Samantha Hawley

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The United Nations refugee agency has revealed a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers had their claims assessed at sea before being returned home by the Australian Navy.

14 Apr 2015 description

VGP - PM Nguyen Tan Dung has asked leaders of the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa to continue synchronous measures to minimize damage caused by ongoing drought.

PM Dung made the statement during a meeting with Khanh Hoa province’s key leaders on realizing socio-economic tasks and local drought prevention.

He asked the leaders to ensure safe water for local residents and minimize damage to agricultural production while suggesting ample water supply for cattle and growing drought-resistant plants.

12 Apr 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HAU GIANG (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has agreed to a three-year extension of the second phase of a programme to build elevated houses for people in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region affected by floods. Speaking at a conference to review the implementation of the programme in the Mekong Delta province of Hau Giang yesterday, Dung said that although the second phase had finished this year, there were still more than 8,400 households in need of help.

10 Apr 2015 description

Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha received Prof. Dr. Kyoji Sassa and Japan’s landslides research team from the University of Kyoto. At the meeting, the two sides exchanged and shared experience related to the prevention and mitigation of damage caused by the landslide disaster in the context of climate change.

10 Apr 2015 description

At the working meeting with Ninh Thuan provincial People’s Committee on loans of agricultural development and poverty reduction in the context of climate change, World Bank Country Director Victoria Kwakwa said that the province design specific institutions and policies to cope with the impact of climate change in the short, mid-range and long-term.

At present, due to climate change, Ninh Thuan has been facing severe and continuous droughts over the last 20 years. The province is reducing its rice-growing areas and developing high-value crops requiring less water.

09 Apr 2015 description

Ha Noi 7 April 2015 - Almost 2000 of the most vulnerable communes in Viet Nam have developed risk reduction and response plans, Mr Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director in Viet Nam, told today’s meeting to review the progress of the national community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) programme. The meeting gathered representatives from 43 provinces, central Government as well as ODA and NGO partners.

06 Apr 2015 description
report Viet Nam News

HA GIANG (VNS) — Some 250,000 people living in the Dong Van Rocky Plateau region in Ha Giang Province have suffered for many years from a lack of water during the dry season.

This plateau stretches across the four districts of Dong Van, Meo Vac, Yen Minh and Quan Ba.

Located in the northern part of Viet Nam at an altitude of 1,000 to 1,600 metres above sea level, Ha Giang is a land of harsh terrain that is frequently affected by drought. For years, it has faced shortages of water during the dry season.

03 Apr 2015 description

Posted by Rose Gottemoeller

April 4 is International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, when we mark the international effort to reduce dangers posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war on men, women and children in post-conflict countries around the world. The United States is proud to be the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction programs and to partner with the UN on the international effort to address the humanitarian effects of these weapons on civilian populations.

02 Apr 2015 description

Highlights

  • In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.

  • Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.

  • The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.

30 Mar 2015 description

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.