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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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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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Canada commits $20 million for childhood undernutrition prevention project

Jul 30, 2014 by Kimberly Keeton

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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CERF underfunded emergencies: 2014 2nd round, as of 21 July 2014

Eleven countries were selected for allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
USAID Press Office
+1.202.712.4320 | Email: USAIDPressOfficers@usaid.gov |​​ Twitter: @USAIDPress

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UN Emergency Fund gives $75 million to boost aid operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

(New York, 23 July 2014) – United Nations humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost life-saving relief work in two of the world’s most neglected regions: the West African Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Le Canada se porte à la défense des filles à l’occasion d’un sommet mondial pour mettre fin au mariage d’enfants

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il assistera au Sommet sur les filles 2014 à Londres, au Royaume-Uni, afin d’appuyer les efforts mondiaux déployés pour mettre fin aux mariages précoces et forcés ainsi qu’à la mutilation génitale des femmes.

« Le mariage d’enfants est un problème mondial qui exige une action concertée de tous les pays, a déclaré le ministre Baird. Son élimination donnera aux femmes et aux filles l’autonomie dont elles ont besoin pour contribuer au développement et à la prospérité de leurs collectivités. »

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La Cooperación Española llevará a cabo un proyecto europeo en favor de la seguridad alimentaria en África Occidental

​​El Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación y el Representante de la UE en Togo, el Embajador Nicolás Berlanga Martínez, firmaron ayer la Convención de Delegación por la que España participará en el proyecto de la Unión Europea (UE) de Apoyo a la Reserva Regional de Seguridad Alimentaria de la Comunidad Económica de Estados de África Occidental (CEDEAO). La firma se realizó en presencia del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Togo, Robert Dussey, de viaje oficial en España.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 18-24, 2014

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average rain during the past 30 days has saturated ground conditions and caused localized flooding in parts of South Sudan and southern Sudan. Above-average rains forecast during the next week are expected to increase the risk of localized flash flooding
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Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report

Introduction

  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

Financial Status

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 9 - 15 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary July 11-17, 2014

Flooding possible in Mali, Sudan, and South Sudan; dryness continues in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy and above-average rains since May has oversaturated ground conditions in southern Mali and resulted in rainfall surpluses greater than 200 percent of normal in some locations. With heavy rain forecast for the next week, the risk for new flooding across the region will be increased.

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Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa (S/2014/442 )

S/2014/442
Distr.: General
26 June 2014
Original: English

1. Introduction

  1. In a letter dated 23 December 2013 (S/2013/759), the President of the Security Council agreed to extend the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) until 31 December 2016 and requested that I report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the mandate.

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Coping with Crisis: Violence, Mental Health Gap

The latest issue of our magazine deals with issues of violence, focusing on psychosocial support for those affected by the on-going conflict in Central African Republic, by typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and gender-based violence. The magazine also highlights the mental health gap and what is being done to improve it, as well as psychosocial support for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 2 - 8 July

The Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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Ending Child Marriage: Canada Speaks Up for Rights of Girls Worldwide

July 4, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today announced that Canada is contributing $20 million over two years to UNICEF toward ending child, early and forced marriage.

“Today’s announcement is the latest step in Canada’s campaign to end child, early and forced marriage”, said Baird. “This troubling practice is a violation of human rights and also hinders economic development. When girls can’t reach their full potential, everyone suffers—girls, their communities and their countries.”

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Crop Prospects and Food Situation, No. 2, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Prospects for 2014 global cereal production improve further with upward revisions to coarse grains and wheat forecasts, contributing to an enhanced cereal supply outlook for 2014/15.

  • International prices of wheat and maize dropped in June, reflecting favourable production prospects, while rice export quotations increased slightly. Cereal export prices were overall lower than their year earlier levels.