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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Understanding the context for agriculture for nutrition research

Identifying country typologies of child-stunting determinants

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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ECHO Factsheet – Nutrition – 2014

Humanitarian situation and needs

Key messages

  • Fighting acute undernutrition is a priority for the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). €164 million of humanitarian assistance was allocated in 2013 alone. Through its funding ECHO contributes to addressing the root causes of this problem.

  • Women and children are particularly vulnerable to undernutrition, which has dramatic impact on morbidity, mortality but also on children's physical and cognitive development.

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México y los países de América Latina y el Caribe se reúnen para fortalecer acciones de nivel nacional, regional y global para erradicar el hambre y la malnutrición

El plan de CELAC para la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional y el acuerdo Mesoamérica sin Hambre serán foco de atención de la reunión anual de la Iniciativa América Latina y Caribe sin Hambre, que se realiza en México.

Ciudad de México, 30 de julio de 2014.- Más de 50 representantes de los gobiernos de América Latina y Caribe se encuentran reunidos en México para revisar y fortalecer los avances de la región en la lucha contra el hambre y los pasos dados para contrarrestar la creciente amenaza de la obesidad.

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Purchase for Progress (P4P) June 2014 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

Collaboration for improved nutrition in Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia…pages 1-2

Improving community cohesion in post-conflict Liberia……………page 3

P4P highlighted on International Day of Cooperatives………..…pages 4-5

Spotlight on P4P in El Salvador……………………………………………pages 5

P4P contact information and news…………………………………………page 6

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Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 1 August 2014, vol. 89, 31 (pp. 345–356) [EN/FR]

Cholera, 2013

In 2013, 47 countries reported a total of 129 064 cases of cholera including 2102 deaths, giving a case-fatality rate (CFR) of 1.63%. This represents a decrease of 47% in the number of cases reported compared to 2012 and this is the second consecutive year in which reported cholera cases declined. The number of reporting countries in 2013 was 47 compared to 48 in 2012.

Choléra, 2013

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UNHCR welcomes Council of Europe convention on combatting violence against women

STRASBOURG, France, July 31 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Thursday warmly welcomed the entry into force of a Council of Europe convention aimed at preventing and countering violence against women and domestic violence.

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General Assembly adopts text encouraging states, organizations to bolster mediation efforts for peacefully solving disputes

Sixty-eighth General Assembly
105th Meeting (AM)

Delegates Also Agree to Convene 2015 Meeting Addressing Information, Communications Technology Gap

Reiterating that all Member States should strictly adhere to their obligations under the United Nations Charter to peacefully settle disputes and prevent and resolve conflicts, the General Assembly today encouraged those States, the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations to bolster mediation as a tool towards that end.

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Negotiating perceptions: Al-Shabaab and Taliban views of aid agencies

What armed groups like Al-Shabaab and the Taliban think of aid agencies can mean the difference between gaining access to areas under their control to provide aid people in need – or being expelled from their territory.

Based on research and interviews with members of the Taliban and Al-Shabaab, this HPG policy brief explores how these armed groups perceive aid agencies and the implications on humanitarian response in those areas.

Key messages:

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Long Term Planning Framework Southern Africa 2012-2015 Version 2 of 31.07.2014

  1. Who are we?

The Southern Africa Regional Office (SARO) located in Botswana is part of the Africa Zone and the wider IFRC Secretariat. The regional office covers 10 countries, namely Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Global Fund Welcomes Germany’s Increased Contribution

The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria warmly welcomed a decision by the German parliament to increase Germany's contribution to €245 million for 2014 in the budget for this year, reaffirming a strong commitment to global health.

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UNISDR partners with ABU and EBU to encourage more TV productions on DRR

GENEVA, 31 July 2014 – To celebrate its global alliance with TV broadcasters and the role they played in the past ten years to advance the disaster risk reduction agenda, the UN office for Disaster Risk Reduction is teaming up with the Asian Broadcasting Union (ABU) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and launching its first Disaster Risk Reduction Documentary Award.

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Polio this week as of 31 July 2014

  • In Pakistan, three new cases have been reported, including one from Balochistan. It is the first case in this province since October 2012. However, four positive environmental samples were collected in 2014 from Quetta, Balochistan, the most recent of which on 20 June. This case is linked to these positive environmental samples, suggesting local circulation of WPV1 this year in this area.

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Migrants at sea highlight need for humanitarian assistance and legal protection

By Andreea Anca, Sr. Communications Officer, EZ

In Sicily, dozens of Italian Red Cross (ItRC) vehicles and ambulances as well as volunteers, receive migrants who land on the southern shores of Italy on a daily basis, exhausted and traumatized after a perilous journey at sea.

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Latest innovations in cash transfers


Instead of queuing for rations, many aid recipients today are quite likely to be given the means to buy their own food. As the cash transfer sector matures, IRIN spoke to experts to discuss the latest innovations and lessons learned.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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African Solidarity Trust Fund - by Africans for Africans

A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.

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Infographic: Investing in Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific

Asian Development Bank

Two-thirds of the world’s hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific, and food insecurity persists bringing the specter of hunger and undernutrition to millions more of the region’s poor. In response, ADB is focusing on a comprehensive multi-sector engagement with the goal of curbing food insecurity.

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