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01 Jul 2015 description

USA – Forest Fire
• A forest fire broke out in Chelan County (Washington State) near Wenatchee on 28 June.
• According to media (as of 30 June), the fire burnt nearly 1,200 ha, destroyed 23 houses and injured three firefighters, while an evacuation order is in effect.

INDIA – Floods
• The Upper Assam districts of Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji were hit by new floods on 29 June, that killed two people and affected over 5,500 people in 20 villages. A relief camp has been opened by the district authorities, sheltering 75 people.

30 Jun 2015 description

African crops and livestock in a changing climate
June 29, 2015 by Julian Ramirez-Villegas
Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.

30 Jun 2015 description

Snapshot 24–30 June 2015

Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.

South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

30 Jun 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The objective of this overview is to support the development of national-level response and preparedness plans and facilitate joint priority actions in the areas of advocacy, resource mobilization, and coordinated engagement in cross border areas.

There has been a step change in the threat level in the region in 2015. There is an increasing concern about the confluence and compounding impacts of these threats, both at the national and the regional level. The outlook presented here will be updated on a bi-monthly basis.

26 Jun 2015 description

By Ann Weru and Samuel Okiror

KAMPALA, 26 June 2015 – Like much of the continent, East Africa is frequently exposed to natural threats such as floods, droughts and landslides, as well as epidemics and man-made hazards, of all which affect livelihoods and development across the region.

20 Jun 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:39 GMT

Author: Megan Rowling

BARCELONA, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Urgent plans to help the world's poorest people become more resilient to extreme weather and rising seas are on hold because of a lack of cash in a U.N. climate fund set up for least developed countries, amid fierce competition for limited aid.

Read more on AlertNet.

19 Jun 2015 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 19 de junio de 2015.- Con motivo de la celebración mañana, 20 de junio, del Día Mundial del Refugiado, Cáritas Española suma su voz a la de Cáritas Europa para recordar que “lo que los refugiados necesitan con mayor urgencia es solidaridad”.

Falta de voluntad de la UE

Asimismo, señalamos que “la falta de voluntad de los responsables europeos para escuchar y ver el sufrimiento de los migrantes y refugiados que llegan a nuestras fronteras, supone matar el sueño de una Unión Europea líder en derechos humanos y la solidaridad”.

13 Jun 2015 description
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This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most for ward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverag e countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population (IPC Phase 3 and higher) is compared to last year and the re cent five-year average and categorized as Higher ( S ), Similar ( X ), or Lower ( T ). Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indica te either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

04 Jun 2015 description

Contents

Government of Guatemala supports smallholder farmers pgs. 2-3

Locally-developed equipment to improve crop quality in Burkina Faso pgs. 4-5

Smallholders and school feeding in Ghana pgs. 6-7

5 facts about P4P in Rwanda pgs. 8-9

Impact Assessment overview pgs. 10-11

P4P in the news, updates and contacts pg. 12

03 Jun 2015 description

CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
CONFÉRENCES DE PRESSE

Le Représentant permanent de la Malaisie auprès des Nations Unies, M. Ramlan Bin Ibrahim, qui préside le Conseil de sécurité pendant le mois de juin, a présenté, cet après-midi à la presse, le programme de travail mensuel de cet organe, qui sera notamment marqué par un débat thématique ouvert, le 18 juin, sur le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé.

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

20 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By MOSES K GAHIGI

IN SUMMARY

East Africa's rural poor remain underserved in terms of primary and secondary health care services despite continuous investment in the sector.

Besides national budget allocations, the health sector in East Africa has received extensive funding in form of aid and direct support from multinational development partners. Despite this, however, the region is still grappling with universal health service delivery deficits especially in the rural areas.

13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

07 May 2015 description

Le rapport annuel 2014 sur la Coopération belge au Développement est disponible depuis le début du mois de mai, non seulement en ligne et sur papier, mais aussi sous la forme d'applications numériques(BE-COOPERATION) dans l'App Store (iOS) et sur Google Play store (Android).

06 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Robel Tesfahannes spends his days looking for work in Juba. An Eritrean who recently arrived in South Sudan after six years in Tel Aviv, Tesfahannes is one of a new wave of refugees forced out of Israel by the country’s increasingly tough stance towards migrants.

He is covered in tattoos, including a message on his right arm to Israelis: “I hate them but I can’t live without them.” Tesfahannes says that with “no money I have no aims. But you have to keep moving, always. I live risk to risk.”

01 May 2015 description

Over the past decades, the Great Lakes region in Africa, consisting of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Burundi, has been experiencing recurring violent conflicts. Despite the many peace agreements that have been signed, humanitarian aid and political support from the international community, the violence erupts on a regular basis and the region struggles to remain stable. Which problems are at the root of the recurring violence? Which projects are currently being led by KOFF member organisations and Swiss authorities to attempt to bring an end to the violence?

30 Apr 2015 description

Overview

Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

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.