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22 Jan 2013 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 22 janvier 2013 (IRIN) - Selon une étude de l'Institut international de recherche sur les politiques alimentaires IFPRI, l'Afrique pourrait réduire son niveau de pauvreté plus rapidement en privilégiant la production d'aliments de base plutôt que les cultures d'exportation.

10 Jan 2013 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Above normal rainfall is expected for the remainder of the season.

  • Dry conditions in late 2012 have led to late planting, raising concerns that agricultural production could be negatively impacted.

  • Localized storm damage has been reported in Malawi, Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.

  • A Cholera outbreak has hit Zambia.

  • Madagascar has declared an emergency to address the locust invasion threatening food security in the south.

25 Dec 2012 description

 Torrential rains continued for a second week across northern Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.

 Locally heavy daily rains impacted parts of Kenya.

21 Dec 2012 description

KEY MESSAGES

-November dryness caused a delay in the start of season in many areas across the region.

-Poor rains during the 2011/12 agriculture season and low rainfall in November have resulted in persistent below-average vegetation conditions and reduced water availability.

-Good rains in early December could help reduce moisture deficits.

-Zambia has reported army worm infestations in several provinces and efforts to control the worms and replant crops are underway.

13 Dec 2012 description

A global review of the literature with a focus on the application of integrated pest and vector management in East Africa and Uganda

13 Dec 2012 description
report Save the Children

No child should be denied their right to immunisation – but millions still are

One child in five misses out on basic vaccinations.

Immunisation for All identifies country-level strategies to reach the unreached. And it identifies factors at the global level that will help to create a more conducive environment for countries to achieve and sustain universal immunisation coverage.

26 Nov 2012 description

KEY MESSAGES

The 2012/2013 rainfall season is starting normally in most areas in the region.

Several areas in the region are starting the season with below-average vegetation conditions.

Forecasts call for below-normal rains in several of the areas affected by last season’s drought.

22 Nov 2012 description

Increased rainfall during the last week helped to improve mid-season dryness across Kenya and Somalia, however moderate seasonal deficits remain for many local areas.

1) Even with a reduction of precipitation last week, several weeks of above-average rainfall has led to significant moisture surpluses. An elevated potential for moderate to heavy rainfall may trigger additional flooding, damage local infrastructure, and negatively impact cropping activities throughout Uganda, Kenya, northern Tanzania,
Rwanda and Burundi.

21 Nov 2012 description
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Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

15 Nov 2012 description
report Voice of America

Kim Lewis Last updated on: November 15, 2012 6:38 AM

A 7.8 million dollar grant offered through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will help an American university work with eight African countries to improve their farming techniques.

Michigan State University, through funding from the Gates Foundation Global Development Program, says the research aims to intensify farming methods that meet the agricultural needs of Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

14 Nov 2012 description

Heavy rains continue across eastern Kenya and Tanzania, while a mid-season cessation of rains bring developing moisture deficits to portions of Somalia and neighboring regions of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Heavy, but not well-distributed rains received in parts of Kenya, Somalia.

01 Nov 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Geoffrey Kamadi

RONGAI, Kenya (AlertNet) - Small farmers across sub-Saharan Africa are turning to simple, affordable techniques to increase harvests and help them cope with climate extremes - from growing trees on their land, to keeping their soils healthy and making their own fertiliser.

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25 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 25 octobre 2012 (IRIN) - Dans les pays africains, des chercheurs tentent de trouver des moyens d'améliorer la production de blé nationale afin de faire face à des conditions sous-optimales et à une concurrence internationale féroce.

24 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2012 (IRIN) - Researchers in Africa are identifying ways to improve domestic wheat production in the face of sub-optimal conditions and stiff international competition.

For example, in Somalia - a country better known for conflict and famine than agricultural research - postgraduate volunteers are exploring ways to reduce the country’s wheat import bill, a subject discussed in one of several research abstracts released at the recent Wheat for Food Security in Africa conference in Addis Ababa.

18 Oct 2012 description

Feed the Future is the President’s global hunger and food security initiative and the U.S. Government’s contribution to the common approach to agricultural development and global food security agreed to at the G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy in July 2009; reiterated and expanded by G-20 leaders at the Pittsburgh Summit that September; and ultimately endorsed by 192 countries at the United Nations at the World Food Summit in Rome that November. The initiative is a whole-of-government effort that joins resources and expertise from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S.

11 Oct 2012 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/EF/338

Sixty-seventh General Assembly
Second Committee
6th Meeting (AM)

Efforts in Agriculture, Energy, Disaster Risk Reduction Also Highlighted

The international community must launch a “fully fledged war” to eradicate poverty, the world’s greatest challenge, the representative of the Dominican Republic told the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) today, as it concluded its general debate.

09 Oct 2012 description
report Voice of America

Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

09 Oct 2012 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

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04 Oct 2012 description

Assemblée générale Soixante-septième session Conseil de sécurité Soixante-septième année Point 64 b) de l’ordre du jour provisoire**
Nouveau Partenariat pour le développement de l’Afrique : progrès accomplis dans la mise en œuvre et appui international : les causes des conflits et la promotion d’une paix et d’un développement durables en Afrique

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