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21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

30 Oct 2014 description
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Fuente: Prensa Libre

Centroamérica registra una perdida de más de US$9 mil 801 millones por el impacto de los desastres naturales en las últimas décadas, hasta 2011, según un informe de las Naciones Unidas presentado este martesen San Salvador.

SAN SALVADOR.- De acuerdo al “Informe Regional del Estado de la Vulnerabilidad y Riesgos de Desastres en Centroamérica” , hasta el 2011 esta región ha tenido una “pérdida acumulada” por desastres naturales que asciende a al menos 9.801.414.403 dólares.

30 Oct 2014 description

DESTACADOS

 Los desastres ocurridos en el segundo trimestre (julio-septiembre) afectaron a 2.3 millones de personas.

  • La sequía mantiene en riesgo por inseguridad alimentaria a más de 1.7 millones de personas. Los países más afectados son Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y Nicaragua.

  • Unos 68,500 niños, niñas y adolescentes migrantes no acompañados han sido detenidos en EEUU de octubre 2013 a septiembre 2014.

30 Oct 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Disasters between July and September affected 2.3 million people.

  • Drought exacerbates the risk of food insecurity for 1.7 million people. The most affected countries are Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua.

  • About 68,500 unaccompanied children have been arrested in the US from October 2013 to September 2014.

  • Humanitarian partners continue to show interest in participating in consultations ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit (Turkey, 2016).

27 Oct 2014 description

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

24 Oct 2014 description

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

17 Oct 2014 description

Dryness remains in Haiti, while flooding risks continue in South Sudan, Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

14 Oct 2014 description

TRACKING FOOD SECURITY TRENDS IN VULNERABLE COUNTRIES

The Global Food Security Update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.

In focus

• In conflict-affected south sudan, the food security situation is much worse than at harvest time in a typical year. Around 1.5 million people are expected to remain in Phase 3 (Crisis) and Phase 4 (Emergency) through December 2014.

11 Oct 2014 description
  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

  2. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions. August and September rains have improved ground conditions, although the rainy season is quickly coming to a close.

03 Oct 2014 description

Above-average rains continue in Central America, dryness remains in several parts of East and West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops in the Arsi and West Arsi zones of central Ethiopia.

26 Sep 2014 description

Rainfall improving in Latin America, with dryness ongoing in parts of West Africa and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

19 Sep 2014 description

Above-average rainfall improves conditions across Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

12 Sep 2014 description

Dryness remains despite improved rains in Latin America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

  2. An early cessation of Mar-May seasonal rainfall and an abnormally dry July has hurt crop and pasture conditions in parts of central and northern Ethiopia.

03 Sep 2014 description

09/02/2014 23:57 GMT

SAN JOSÉ, September 2, 2014 (AFP) - From Guatemala down to Panama, Central America has become the world's first region to declare itself free from cluster bombs, officials said Tuesday.

The weapons, which eject explosive bomblets, have killed some 55,000 people worldwide in the past five years, experts say.

Belize's accession to the treaty banning them means they join the rest of Central America -- Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

01 Sep 2014 description

Rainfall expected to alleviate some dryness in Central America and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and hurt the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

22 Aug 2014 description

Dryness expected to continue in much of Central America, Haiti, and Central Asia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since early June, poor rainfall distribution has delayed planting and hurt crop development in northeastern Nigeria. Although an increase in rainfall was observed recently, continued favorable rainfall amounts are needed to overcome long-term deficits.

15 Aug 2014 description
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Severe dryness persists in Latin America and Haiti, with flooding in Sudan and South Sudan

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, abnormally dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

09 Aug 2014 description

Severe dryness continues across Latin America and Haiti, with dryness and flooding in parts of Africa

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.