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19 Dec 2014 description

World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems

Rome, 19 December 2014 ­ - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.

19 Dec 2014 description

Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Tracking food security trends in vulnerable countries

Highlights

· According to the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster analyses, 9.8 million people in Syria need various types of food, agriculture and livelihood-related assistance.

· As fighting prevails in Iraq, an estimated 2.2 million people across the governorates of Anbar, Kirkuk, Diyala, Ninewa and Salah al-Din are in need of emergency food assistance.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.

17 Dec 2014 description

Late start of the rains results in delayed land preparation and planting

KEY MESSAGES

  • The food security situation is stable across the country as most households are still consuming staple food from their own production. Some rural households are supplementing this food with market purchases, particularly in the traditionally cereal deficit areas in the south and western parts of the country. Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity outcomes are projected from January through March 2015.

16 Dec 2014 description

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group, during its ordinary sitting on Monday, December 15, 2014 in Abidjan, approved a proposed ADF loan of US $39 million to the Republic of Zambia, and a grant of US $12 million from the Bank’s Transition Support Facility (TSF) and a grant of US $24 million from the African Development Fund Regional Operations (RO) envelope to the Republic of Zimbabwe for the Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project.

16 Dec 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Mavis Karenyi desperately tried one treatment after another, but her cattle kept dying and she watched helplessly as her family’s symbol of livelihood dwindled.

She and other affected villagers realised that their cattle had started showing symptoms of the unknown illness in 2011, after diamond mining started in Chiadzwa.

15 Dec 2014 description
report BioMed Central

BMC International Health and Human Rights 2014, 14:35 doi:10.1186/s12914-014-0035-6

Abstract (provisional)

Background

14 Dec 2014 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The month of November 2014 witnessed an accelerated purge of perceived and known political opponents within Zanu PF by a faction allegedly aligned to Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and in support of the political ascendancy of First Lady Grace Mugabe ahead of the party’s “elective” congress in December.

12 Dec 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

Unsteadily supported by her matchstick legs, three-year-old Liberty Ngulube (not her real name) eagerly clutched her undernourished mother’s flattened breast and sucked. Nothing. The milk has dried up.

About a dozen other children lay in the dust at Libeni primary school in Ntabazinduna in Matabeleland North, where their mothers had come to receive food aid from the World Food Programme. This picture is typical in most drought-prone areas in Matabeleland, where villagers are bearing the brunt of consecutive poor harvests.

12 Dec 2014 description

Despite heavy rains in localized areas, rainfall deficits persist in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Low and poorlydistributed seasonal Deyr rains have led to growing moisture deficits and deteriorated ground conditions throughout several local areas of southern Somalia, central Kenya, and coastal Tanzania. Recent rains have relieved dryness over most parts, but rainfall deficits remain in many local areas.

11 Dec 2014 description
report African Union

December 10, 2014 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: In commemoration of the second year anniversary of the entry into force of the Kampala Convention, The Department of Political Affairs of the African Union Commission in partnership with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ­ Liaison Office with the AU, successfully concluded a two and half day training workshop on National Responsibility to protect IDPs. The training workshop took place in the African Union headquarters from 8th ­10th of December 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

Mais les conflits, Ebola et les conditions climatiques défavorables exacerbent l’insécurité alimentaire

11 décembre 2014, Rome – Les dernières indications confirment que la production céréalière mondiale devrait atteindre un niveau record de plus de 2,5 milliards de tonnes en 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.

11 Dec 2014 description

Conflict, Ebola and adverse weather exacerbate local food insecurity

11 December 2014, Rome - Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.