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09 Oct 2015 description

Heavy rainfall may trigger flooding in Central America and West Africa


07 Oct 2015 description
  • Continuation of suppressed rainfall along coastal Gulf of Guinea regions and enhanced rain across the Sahel and far western Gulf of Guinea.
  • Dryness persists throughout parts of Ethiopia.

1) Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in drought, which has severely impacted ground conditions and already led to livestock death across parts of north-central and eastern Ethiopia.

04 Oct 2015 description
report Africa Rice Center

An improved rice parboiling system – called GEM – combined with targeted training and the adoption of an innovation platform approach along the rice value chain, is starting to make a difference in the lives of more than 450 women rice parboilers in the Glazoué rice hub in central Benin. The technology is women-friendly, as it shortens the processing time, reduces drudgery and does not expose the women parboilers to heat burns.

02 Oct 2015 description

Dryness worsens in Ethiopia and coastal West Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Below-average rainfall over several bimodal areas of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Nigeria has led to a rapid increase in moisture deficits and a degradation of ground conditions. Reduced rainfall is expected during in the region during lateSeptember.

01 Oct 2015 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

29 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Alert in Lake Chad basin (Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad): Upsurge of cholera cases in Kaduna and Borno states

The number of cholera cases is increasing in last 3 weeks (w35-37) in the two most active basins (Congo River and Lake Chad basins). Cholera is spreading through camps sheltering displaced people in Maiduguri, capital of northern Nigeria’s Borno state. In the five days up to 15 September, 187 patients were admitted to MSF’s centre, two-thirds of them in a serious state.

29 Sep 2015 description
report MapAction

2009 brought long rains to Benin leading to 43 of 77 communes (districts) reporting widespread flooding, resulting in the Government of Benin requesting United Nations (UN) assistance. Initial Government figures estimated that over 2,000 families had been displaced due to the floods.

MapAction was consequently deployed as part of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team to provide GIS and mapping assistance.

28 Sep 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

The crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency threatens to undermine development throughout the region.

25 Sep 2015 description

Heavy rainfall expected to provide some long-term dryness relief in Central America

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Significantly aboveaverage seasonal rainfall has led to saturated ground conditions in several regions of West Africa. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue across the region during the next week, which is expected to sustain the risk of flooding.

22 Sep 2015 description

Key points:

  • The rainfall situation has improved markedly in most parts of the region. However, some areas particularly the south of Benin, Ghana and Togo, northwest Mali, central Mauritania, northeast Niger and northwest Chad still experiencing rainfall deficits.

  • Livestock remains affected by the long lean period especially in areas that have experienced delayed onset of the rainy season (southern Mauritania and Mali border, northern Senegal and eastern Chad).

21 Sep 2015 description

UNODC launches strategy against human trafficking and migrant smuggling in West and Central Africa

7 September, 2015 - UNODC recently launched its Regional Strategy for Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in West and Central Africa. With these two regions considered points of origin, transit and destination for victims of human trafficking and smuggling of migrants, the new Regional Strategy aims to assist the affected countries in dismantling the criminal networks while at the same time protecting the victims of these crimes.

18 Sep 2015 description
  • Pakistan launched a nationwide polio campaign this week to vaccinate more than 35 million children in 163 districts of the country. Approximately 200,000 polio workers are participating in the polio campaign, during which Vitamin A will also be distributed.
14 Sep 2015 description

Welcome to Issue 41 of THE ASSESSOR, WFP’s Food Security Analysis e-Newsletter!

• mVAM Rollout Update

• mVAM Featured in the Humanitarian Exchange Magazine

• Nielsen Case Study

• WFP and OCHA’s Open Data Partnership

• Seasonal Monitor: implications of the El Niño event

• Gender Analysis: cross-unit collaboration to strengthen gender sensitive reporting

• Food Security Information Network (FSIN)

• Emergency Food Security Assessments (EFSA)

• Baseline Studies

• Market Analysis

10 Sep 2015 description
  • A case of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (VDPV2) has been reported with onset of paralysis on 20 July 2015 in Bamako city, Mali. The virus was isolated from a 19-month old boy of Guinean nationality. The closest genetic match to this case is from a case from Kankan, Guinea, with onset of paralysis on 30 August 2014. The genetic changes suggest that the cVDPV2 has been circulating for more than 12 months. Discussions are currently ongoing with national health authorities to plan and implement an urgent outbreak response.

08 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Alerte Bassin du lac Tchad : Recrudescence des cas de choléra au Nigéria et au Cameroun, vigilance au Niger et au Tchad

04 Sep 2015 description

Recent increases in rainfall provide little relief to long-term dryness in East Africa and Hispaniola

  1. Widespread, persistent, and heavy rainfall over the past several weeks have led to saturated ground conditions and localized flooding in several regions of West Africa. The continuation of heavy rainfall is forecast for the upcoming week, maintaining flooding risks throughout several areas in Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, western Niger, eastern Guinea and Sierra Leone.

02 Sep 2015 description

DUBAI, 31st August, 2015 (WAM) -- Dar Al Ber Society, DABS, has inaugurated 29 charity projects at a cost of AED 2,732,000, in Benin and Togo as part of an eight-day official visit to the two African countries.

The DABS delegation comprised Abdul Kareem Jaafar, Manager of Projects Department at DABS, and Ali Abdullah Al Shehi, Manager of DABS in Ras al-Khaimah.

New projects have been agreed upon as well the development of the services being rendered by the society to the peoples of the two African countries, according to a top official.

01 Sep 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.