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Ethiopia + 11 others
Program working to improve maize, legumes productivity

Addis Ababa September 25/2014 The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume cropping systems for food security in Eastern and Southern Africa program (SIMLESA) is working to improve farmers' productivity through supplying improved seed.

Improved maize and legumes seed have been released to farmers through the program since 2010, said Mulugetta Mekuria, the Program Coordinator.

The improved maize and legumes seed provides 20 percent and 15 percent respectively higher production per hectare than the seed previously used by farmers.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Population Movement Emergency 6 months Update Appeal n° MDRUG037

Appeal History:

  • Mid-December 2013: Escalation of fighting in the Republic of South Sudan resulting in massive cross border population movement.

  • January 2014: CHF 170,000 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries from South Sudan in refugee settlements across Arua and Adjumani districts of West Nile Sub Region of Northern Uganda.

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World + 52 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Uganda Food Security Outlook Update September 2014

The below-average harvest will temporarily relieve the Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in Karamoja


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Sudan + 4 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Sudan and South Sudan Last update: 24/09/2014 Version 2

AMOUNT: EUR 100 000 000

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2013) 9533 final.


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South Sudan + 4 others
IOM Regional Response to South Sudan Crisis, External Sitrep, 22-29 September 2014


South Sudan: IOM launches a psychosocial project that aims to enhance the mental health and psychosocial well-being of individuals.

Sudan: 48,484 refugees have been tracked and registered since the beginning of the conflict.
An IOM medical staff assists a patient after her medical check up in Assosa, Ethiopia.

Kenya: IOM continues to transport refugees from Nadapal border point to Kakuma Refugee Camp.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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South Sudan + 5 others
U.S. Pledges $83 million Additional Emergency Assistance for the People of South Sudan

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson

Washington, DC

September 29, 2014

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 55 (as of 25 September 2014)


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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South Sudan + 1 other
South Sudanese displaced by Kajo-Keji conflict receive aid items

25 September 2014 - Assisting South Sudanese uprooted by communal violence which started on 15 September at the country’s border with Uganda, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) began distributing relief items this week.

The conflict between communities in Kajo-Keji County and Uganda’s Moyo district left almost 12,000 South Sudanese refugees displaced and forced to return to their country, according to Kajo-Keji County Relief and Rehabilitation Commission Secretary Henry Sokiri,

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World + 18 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary September 26 - October 2, 2014 

Rainfall improving in Latin America, with dryness ongoing in parts of West Africa and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi areas of central Ethiopia.

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Land Eviction Breeds Violence in Oil-Rich Hoima, Uganda

Voice of America

Lizabeth Paulat

September 24, 2014 1:04 PM

HOIMA, UGANDA.— Land disputes in western Uganda's Lake Albertine region have become common in recent years. The discovery of oil and the building of refineries and waste facilities have raised the stakes in these disputes. Near the town of Hoima, allegations of illegal evictions and human rights abuses have underscored a need for governmental oversight in these land matters.

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World + 21 others
‘The Fasten Seat Belt Light is Illuminated’, Warns Secretary-General, Summoning World Leaders at Start of Annual Debate to ‘Find and Nurture Seeds of Hope’


Sixty-ninth General Assembly
6th, 7th & 8th Meetings (AM, PM & Night)

The world’s fasten seat belt light is illuminated, with turbulence testing the multilateral system, national institutions and people's lives, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the General Assembly today as he opened the sixty-ninth session’s general debate.

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World + 4 others
Child hunger and its long-term effects


Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his home in the mountains of southern Uganda. Yelling “Arsenal with the ball! Arsenal with the ball!” in his mother tongue, Nkore, he jostles with his younger brothers for possession.

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Ethiopia + 9 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook September 25 – October 1, 2014

  • Favorable, late-season rains were received throughout many regions of West Africa during the last week.

  • A seasonable distribution of rains was received across East Africa during late September.

1) Below-average rains during the Belg season and a late onset of the Kiremt rains have led to persistent moisture deficits, which have delayed planting and negatively affected the development of already-planted crops over the Arsi and West Arsi zones in central Oromia of central Ethiopia.

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South Sudan + 15 others
24 September 2014: World - ECHO Flash Events

U.S.A. – Wildfires

• Over 36 000ha have been burnt by an active wildfire (named “King Fire”) near Sacramento, northern California, while it has also destroyed 68 structures, including 12 houses, as of 24 September. Evacuations are still in effect.

• A second large wildfire, “Happy Camp Complex”, has burnt over 53 000ha in Siskiyou County. It is currently 86% contained. (NICC, USDA)

Ukraine/Russia – Severe Weather

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World + 8 others
OPINION: The Fight Against the Long-Term Effects of Child Hunger Reaches Fever Pitch

By Noel Marie Zagre and Gary Quince

Dr. Noel Marie Zagre, MPH, PhD is UNICEF’s Regional Nutrition Adviser for Eastern & Southern Africa and Ambassador Gary Quince is Head of the European Union Delegation to the African Union.

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 24 2014 (IPS) - Eric Turyasingura chases after a ball made from plastic bags outside his mud-brick home in the mountains of southern Uganda.

Yelling in his tribal tongue, Nkore, “Arsenal with the ball! Arsenal with the ball!” he jostles with his younger brothers for possession.

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Kenya + 4 others
Leaders, farmers call for creation of regional food security commission



Posted Tuesday, September 23 2014 at 10:06

In Summary

•East African crop scientists this year embarked on a five-year project to conserve indigenous plant genetic resources to improve food security across East Africa.

•Plant genetic resources are seeds and planting materials (traditional and modern varieties, crop and wild plant species) that can be used to develop crop varieties resistant to pests and diseases as well as tolerant to climate change.