A severe drought is affecting more than 1,100 towns in northeastern Brazil, where short water supplies have devastated farm output, endangering the lives of local people and their livestock. 'Water wars' are observed in rural areas. (AFP, 13 May 2012)
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Maize production in 2013 to reach new record highs
Favourable prospects for the 2013 wheat crop
Domestic prices of maize declining but those of wheat flour and rice on the increase
North-East region affected by severe drought for the second consecutive year
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
The 2012 aggregate maize production estimated at record level, while wheat production anticipated to decline
Exports of maize to increase in 2012/13 (April/March)
Domestic rice and wheat flour prices increased in the first half of September
The 2012 aggregate maize production estimated at a new record level but that of wheat to decline
América Latina y el Caribe continúa siendo afectada por desastres naturales. En este periodo destaca los eventos relacionados con lluvias e inundaciones. Unos 11 países fueron afectados por inundaciones, dejando a más de 1,7 millones de personas afectadas y 171 muertos. Brasil, Colombia y Perú encabezan la lista con el mayor número de personas afectadas.
La actividad volcánica en Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala y México obligó a las autoridades a activar los planes de contingencia e intensificar el monitoreo de los volcanes activos en cada país.
Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be affected by flood related events in this reporting period. Floods in 11 countries affected more than 1.7 million people and killed 171. Brazil, Colombia and Peru had the highest number of affected people.
Authorities in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico activated contingency plans and intensified monitoring of volcanic activity in their countries.
Low temperatures affected Corrientes Province in Argentina and the Andean highlands in Peru. Local authorities are assisting affected people.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Upward revision of the 2012 aggregate maize production forecast
The 2012 wheat crop anticipated below last year’s level
Maize exports to increase in 2012/13 (April/March)
Maize prices continue to decline in June
Severe drought affects the North-East region
06/04/2012 16:17 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 4, 2012 (AFP) - Brazil will spend $1.3 million to send water to the drought-ravaged northeast which is in the grips of its worst dry spell in a half-century, President Dilma Rousseff announced Monday.
Speaking on local radio here, Rousseff said the newly released funds will pay for more than 3,300 tanker trucks to carry water to the affected areas.
Drought has been taking a heavy toll more than 1,100 towns, triggering fighting in some areas.
COLOMBIA: Más de 180,860 afectados por la temporada de lluvias.
CUBA: Más de 8,500 personas fueron evacuadas por lluvias.
BRASIL: Gobierno decreta estado de emergencia en 99 municipios de Pernambuco por sequía.
05/14/2012 17:37 GMT
BRASILIA, Brazil, May 14, 2012 (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has unveiled social programs to assist low-income families with young children, mainly in the country's economically depressed north and northeast.
Known as "Caring Brazil", the scheme "will be the most important action launched in this country to combat absolute poverty in early childhood," the president said on Mothers' Day on Sunday.
PERÚ: Autoridades prorrogan estado de emergencia por 60 días para los departamentos de Piura y La Libertad.
BRASIL: Más de 70,000 familias afectadas en el estado de Amazonas por lluvias.
BRASIL: Gobierno federal libera $1,4 millones para los afectados por la sequía.
PERU: Authorities extend the state of emergency for 60 days in the departments of Piura and La Libertad.
BRAZIL: More than 70,000 families affected in the state of Amazon by heavy rains.
BRAZIL: Government allocates US$1.4 million to aid people affected by drought.
No one will claim the recent massacre in Mexico was caused by a drought, but water shortages in the north of both Mexico and Brazil are aggravating already difficult situations, writes a blogger.
Read the full blog post by James Bosworth in the Christian Science Monitor.
05/13/2012 23:12 GMT
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 13, 2012 (AFP) - Severe drought gripping northeastern Brazil -- the worst in a half-century -- is taking its toll on more than 1,100 towns, even triggering fighting in rural areas, local media reported Sunday.
An average of one person a day is being killed in "water wars" in rural areas, while scores of animals are wasting away before perishing, the O Globo newspaper reported over the weeekend.