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04 Mar 2017 description

The Security Council would organize its work in March around the theme “Preventing conflict in Africa”, Matthew Rycroft (United Kingdom), its President for that month, said at a Headquarters press conference today.

Outlining the Council’s priorities, he said it would first dispatch a mission to the Lake Chad Basin area, where members would visit Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria from 2 to 7 March. The objective was to examine the threat posed by Boko Haram and the humanitarian crisis in the subregion, he added.

04 Mar 2017 description

by Umberto Bacchi | @UmbertoBacchi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 3 March 2017 18:53 GMT

"Humanitarian assistance has kept many people alive so far but their food security situation has continued to deteriorate"

By Umberto Bacchi

ROME, March 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100 million and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a senior United Nations official said.

03 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Famine declared in two counties in South Sudan’s Unity State

  • UN calls for improved humanitarian access amid ongoing insecurity

  • Health actors record more than 5,300 suspected cholera cases

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

03 Mar 2017 description

(Nairobi, 3 March 2017) – On a visit to one of the driest areas in northern Kenya today, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Stephen O’Brien, saw the devastating impact of drought on rural communities and called for international support for communities affected by conflict and drought in Kenya and the Horn of Africa.

The third consecutive year of drought in the Horn of Africa is causing thirst and hunger, decimating livestock, destroying livelihoods, spreading disease and triggering large scale population movements.

03 Mar 2017 description

“South Sudan’s political leadership needs to support its own citizens, who are in desperate need across the country and cease hostilities,” the United Nations Special Representative to the Secretary-General for South Sudan, David Shearer, said today.

United Nations humanitarian agencies declared a famine situation affecting around 100,000 people in parts of the former Unity State on 20 February.

03 Mar 2017 description

by Yves Daccord | https://twitter.com/ydaccordicrc | International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Switzerland

03 Mar 2017 description

Famine has been declared in some parts of South Sudan on February 20. This declaration is based on the highest level on the IPC scale* of food insecurity. It is only called out in the worst case scenario, where more than 20% of the families face acute food shortage and the death rate of children under five is higher than four deaths per 10,000 children a day. In some other parts of South Sudan, humanitarian actors talk of deaths of starvation and the urgent need of food and agricultural assistance.

03 Mar 2017 description

BALTIMORE, MD/NAIROBI, February 27, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is mounting an emergency response to assist some of the 23 million people facing hunger in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

A combination of violence, insecurity and weather upheavals made increasingly worse by climate change has brought on this crisis to East Africa, with some areas of South Sudan now facing a famine. In Somalia, the hunger crisis has reached a new high, with millions of people on the brink of famine.

03 Mar 2017 description
report Mercy Corps

Q&A with Kate McMahon, Mercy Corps food security advisor

Right now, an estimated 20 million people are facing life-threatening hunger due to drought and conflict in four regions around the world. The United Nations recently declared famine in some parts of South Sudan and warned that famine could soon hit in Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen. Mercy Corps is meeting the urgent needs of tens of thousands of people in all four of countries and is working hard to prevent catastrophe in the coming weeks and months.

03 Mar 2017 description
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Political instability, war, and dry weather has pushed food production systems to the breaking point in several countries in the Greater Horn of Africa.

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

02 Mar 2017 description
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Aid organisations are scaling up assistance to thousands of people in need in Golo town in Jebel Marra.

  • About 4,000 people in Golo are in need of shelter and essential household supplies, according to DRC.

  • About 118,000 people returned to various locations in West Darfur between 2013 and 2016, according to IOM.

  • Sudan Humanitarian Fund allocates US$21 million for humanitarian interventions in 2017.

FIGURES 2016 HRP

02 Mar 2017 description

In a quick response to the famine crisis in South Sudan, Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has activated its Disaster Management Information Center (DMIC) to closely monitor the situation. Preparations are underway to send a relief mission to the country for damage and needs assessment.

02 Mar 2017 description

Global harvests strong but hunger persists amid chronic conflict zones

Food security emergencies are likely to increase

2 March 2017, Rome - Global food supply conditions are robust, but access to food has been dramatically reduced in areas suffering civil conflicts, while drought conditions are worsening food security across swathes of East Africa, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

02 Mar 2017 description

La faim persiste dans les zones de conflits chroniques malgré de bonnes récoltes mondiales

Les urgences liées à la sécurité alimentaire sont appelées à augmenter

02 Mar 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Andrew Edward Tchie, Conflict Advisor, Ph.D. candidate and Associate Fellow, University of Essex

02 Mar 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The rate of new arrivals in to Uganda remains very high, with a total of 9,286 South Sudanese refugees received in Uganda between the 22nd and 28th of February. This brings the total new arrivals in February to 65,373. The average daily rate of new arrivals this week was 1,327.

02 Mar 2017 description

Following the declaration of famine in Leer and Mayendit Counties, Unity State, South Sudan,
REACH calculated the areas more likely to be food insecure basing the estimation on the data collected between December and January 2017 with the Area of Knowledge (AoK) approach, using the following methodology.

A simple, composite food security measurement was created by averaging the percentages of key informants (KIs) reporting on the following indicators for specific settlements:

01 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 20 February, famine was officially declared in parts of Unity state.
    This is the first time in six years that a famine has been declared anywhere in the world. Approximately 100,000 people are currently facing starvation, with an additional one million close to famine.

  • A recent assessment mission by UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam to Kapoeta,
    Eastern Equatoria found that drought has significantly affected water access and food security. A multilateral response is planned and underway.