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Liberia: Caterpillars take over fifteen towns in Lofa County

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Written by Peter Fahny

Tuesday, 02 November 2010

Report from Lofa County says thousands of caterpillars have invaded fifteen towns and villages in Kolahun District.

Our correspondent quotes the district's Agriculture Officer as saying the caterpillars resemble the ones that invaded Bong County in January 2009.

Mr. Nathaniel Korvah told our correspondent five of the fifteen towns and villages are seriously affected by the caterpillar invasion.

According to Mr. Korvah, farmers in the affected towns and villages are abandoning farming activities around the

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Central Emergency Response Fund - Report of the Secretary-General (A/64/327)

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination
of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations


The present report on the Central Emergency Response Fund is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/139 of 11 December 2008 and covers activities from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009.

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India donates half million dollars worth of bio pesticides and sprayers to Liberia

The Government of India has donated an assortment of bio pesticides and sprayers to the Ministry of Agriculture worth over half a million dollars.

The pesticides and sprayers (manual and motorized) were presented today to the Liberian Government by the Indian Ambassador to Liberia , Her Excellency Shamma Jain at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Agriculture Complex in Gardnersville.

In her remarks, Ambassador Jain said the donation was her Government's initial contribution to contain the spread of the caterpillars that recently invaded several towns in three Counties

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Liberia's agriculture minister resigns amid caterpillar crisis

MONROVIA, April 5, 2009 (AFP) - Liberian Agriculture Minister Christopher Toe has resigned, the information minister announced Sunday, amid an ongoing row over funds for victims of crop-destroying caterpillars.

Information Minister Laurence Bropleh said on ELBC radio Toe had resigned and sent his letter of resignation to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who accepted it.

No reason was given for his resignation and when contacted by AFP Toe said he could not say more than what the government had announced.

"It was a discussion between the

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Liberia: Residents of caterpillar-infested areas still lack safe water

ZOTA, 20 March 2009 (IRIN) - Many Liberians in areas recently infested by crop-eating caterpillars are scrambling to find safe water as some wells contaminated by the insects have yet to be cleaned up.

"The wells and the hand-pumps most of us used to drink from are still infected with faeces," said Nowai Kollie, one of the residents in Shankpalla, the first town invaded by caterpillars in Zota District, 170km north of the capital Monrovia.

"There is a serious problem with having clean water right now in this town."

In January thousands of residents were


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The start of a green revolution in Liberia

Concern was named "Best International NGO in Liberia" by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in part for its innovative efforts to give the poorest marginalized farmers tools and training to improve the country's local food supply. Are Concern's Farmer Resource Centers part of a new "green revolution" in Liberia?

Liberia is beginning its recovery from a devastating 14-year civil war that wiped out its agricultural sector, the main source of income and food for most people. Today, nearly 80 percent of the population live in extreme poverty, on less than 70 cents a day,

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Liberia: UNMIL Humanitarian Situation Report No. 161


- Caterpillar Infestation Receives Presidential Support

- Voluntary Repatriation of Liberian Refugees

- Cholera and Lassa fever Outbreak and Response

Caterpillar Infestation Receives Presidential Support

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf visited Bong County where she toured the villages of Zota District in which was recently infested by caterpillar worms. The President was reportedly dismayed to find a lack of transparency and accountability in the distribution of relief aid as many of the targeted groups had not been assisted. The President

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Liberia invaded by crop-eating caterpillars again: ministry

MONROVIA, March 12, 2009 (AFP) - Liberia has been hit by a second invasion of crop-destroying caterpillars which have wreaked havoc in the west African nation, agriculture ministry officials said Thursday.

"We have two weeks maximum to react. We have our teams out on the field preparing to contain the situation," Moses Subah, head of the agriculture ministry's technical team, said.

"We have mobilised experts from the sub-region; experts came from Brazil, from the United States, who provided technical assistance," Agriculture Minister Chris Toe told AFP.

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Liberia: Update on the caterpillar infestation

On Wednesday March 4, 2009, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. J. Chris Toe held a regular press briefing on the caterpillar infestation in Liberia . He was joined by the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare for Administration, Hon. Vivian Cherue, FAO Representative in Liberia , Dr. Winfred Hammond, and the Director-General of CARI, Dr. Joseph Q. Subah.

He told journalists (national and international) that the purpose of the briefing was to provide an update on the status of the caterpillar containment effort and to inform the public about what

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UNMIL Focus: Vol. 5, No. 2 - Issue No. 18; Second battalion activated

Message from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Five years after the civil war came to an end, Liberia continues to face daunting challenges in many areas. In line with the "One UN" concept, UNMILand all the UN agencies, funds and programmes in the country are accelerating their joint collaboration to support the Liberian Government in meeting these challenges.

The Government's Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS), the blueprint for the country's recovery efforts, outlines the overall vision and key initiatives for the next three years. UNMILand the UN Country

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West Africa: OCHA Monthly Situation Report Feb 2009


- West Africa holds polio vaccination days

- Measles and meningitis strike in Burkina Faso

- International Contact Group holds first meeting in Guinea


While the food crisis remains a concern, the onset of epidemics of measles and meningitis in Burkina Faso, meningitis in Nigeria, yellow fever in Guinea, and the appearance of a number of polio cases in Ghana, Nigeria and Niger among others , is a reminder of the fragility of the region and of the need for governments, with assistance from humanitarian

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Note Information Sécurité Alimentaire NISA - février 2009 : Analyse des prix élevés donne bonne recolte

Paradoxe entre les bonnes perspectives de récoltes et les niveaux de prix exceptionnellement élevés en Afrique de l'Ouest

Les céréales locales connaissent des niveaux de prix jamais atteint pendant la période de récoltes 2008/09 sur certains marchés.

La flambée des prix entamée en 2007/08 s'est renforcée en début 2009. Malgré les bonnes productions agricoles qui se situent nettement au dessus des moyennes quinquennales et un approvisionnement satisfaisant sur la majorité des marchés clés de la région, la campagne de commercialisation 2008/09 démarre avec des niveaux de prix des céréales

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Food Security Information Note FOSIN - Feb 2009: Analysis of high prices amidst good harvest

A paradox: good harvest forecasts and exceptionally high cereal prices in West Africa

Local grain crops are commanding record-high prices on some markets in the midst of the 2008/09 harvest season.

The steep price increase that began in 2007/08 gathered new momentum early this year. Despite good harvests with production levels well above the five-year average and adequate supplies on most key markets across the region, the 2008/09 marketing season is getting underway with grain prices at record highs. Nominal grain prices

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Liberia: Update on caterpillar 25 Feb 2009

Agriculture Minister, Dr. J. Chris Toe has been giving the latest update on the caterpillar infestation in the country.

Dr. Toe said although surveillance is underway in preparation for a potential resurgence of the caterpillars, there is no need to panic as all is being done to control any possible outbreak.

He gave the assurance today following widespread rumors that swarm of caterpillars have surfaced in Monrovia thereby causing pandemonium among residents who were being persuaded to secure water for fear of pollution.

The Agriculture Minister said in continuation

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Afrique : Mise à jour hebdomadaire des situations d'urgence Vol. 2, No. 8

Contexte général

L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe continue d'être une grande préoccupation pour la communauté humanitaire. Une mission humanitaire des NU de haut niveau est actuellement dans le pays pour évaluer la situation et discuter du problème avec les autorités nationales afin de contrer la maladie. Les opérations militaires conjointes (RDC et Rwanda) continuent dans l'est de la RDC. La situation sécuritaire en RCA est toujours très préoccupante.

Situation dans les pays

Crises aiguës

- Ethiopie: Les perspectives pour

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Africa weekly emergency situation update Vol. 2, No. 8

General Context

The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe continues to be of high concern for the humanitarian community. A high level UN Humanitarian mission is now in the country to assess and discuss the problem with the national authorities on the way forward to tackle the disease. The joint military operations (DRC and Rwanda) are still on-going in eastern DRC. Security situation in CAR is still a major concern.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- CAR: Security situation in the North is worsening. An armed group attack on a military barrack and a prison

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Liberia: ECOWAS provides US$100,000 to contain caterpillars

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has provided one hundred thousand dollars (US$100,000) to help contain the caterpillar infestation in Liberia.

The Special Representative of the President of the ECOWAS Commission in Liberia, His Excellency Ansumana E. Ceesay presented the check Friday at the Ministry of Agriculture in Monrovia in the presence of some members of the National Task Force for the Containment and Prevention of the Caterpillars.

Making the presentation, the ECOWAS Envoy said the contribution is in response to the humanitarian crises experienced

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Liberia: Red Cross ensures clean water for residents affected by caterpillar invasion

by Lincoln Reeves, Liberian Red Cross Society

In mid-January, six years after the official end of war in Liberia, the local and international media announced a new wave of attacks in Bong County in central Liberia. Thousands of people, including many farmers, have been left with ravaged crops, contaminated water sources, and the threat of food insecurity and waterborne diseases.

But these attacks are unlike any other that Liberians have experienced in the past 14 years. The invaders are a type of caterpillar known as Achae catocaloides that are sometimes called

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New caterpillar plague hits Liberia, spreads to Ivory Coast

MONROVIA, Feb 18, 2009 (AFP) - Liberia has been hit by an invasion of so far unidentified caterpillars while another species, which has attacked crops in several areas, has now crossed over into neighbouring Ivory Coast.

"On Friday ... we got information that there was an invasion of caterpillars in the Margibi County area. We know that is not the same species that was found in Bong, Gbarpolu, Nimba and part of Lofa," Agriculture minister Christopher Toe told a press conference late Tuesday.

"Our task force, our crop protection

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Crop prospects and food situation - No. 1, Feb 2009


Early indications point to a reduction in global cereal output in 2009 from the previous year's record. Smaller plantings and/or adverse weather look likely to bring grain production down in most of the world's major producers.

In Low-Income Food-Deficit countries, prospects for the early 2009 cereal crops point to a lower output. Good crops are expected in North Africa. Although the early outlook has improved in southern Africa a lower maize crop is still expected; prolonged dry weather is adversely affecting wheat prospects in most of Asia, where much