This technical note provides a synthesis of findings from national assessments of F2F extension programs in Cameroon, Kenya and Malawi (Franzel et al., 2014; Tsafack et al., 2014; Kundlande et al, 2014), a survey of lead farmers in Cameroon and Malawi (Khaila et al., 2015; Tsafack et al., 2015), supplemented by a prior survey of lead farmers in Kenya (Kiptot and Franzel 2014) as well as other studies. In total, representatives of 84 organizations using the approach (26-30 organizations per country) were interviewed using a semi-structured questionnaire.
Mali: Gao and Timbutku regions have been the scene of multiple clashes between the Azawad Movement Coalition and Malian forces, as well as the pro-government Gatia militia. At least 12 people have been killed, including nine civilians. About 31,500 people have been displaced from three districts in Timbuktu region. They are in urgent needs of water, food, NFIs, and shelter support, but access is limited.
Addis Ababa, 25 May 2015: The Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU), Smail Chergui, the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), Sanusi Imran Abdullahi, and the Chadian Minister delegate at the Presidency of the Republic in charge of National Defense and Veterans Affairs, Benaindo Tatola, today, in N'Djamena, officially inaugurated the operational Headquarters (HQ) of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) deployed by the member States of the LCBC and Benin, to combat the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Brussels, 26 May 2015
The challenges facing the Central African Republic (CAR) are so complex and interlinked that only a comprehensive approach focused on security, humanitarian aid, stabilisation and development cooperation will help make a difference. This is the approach of the European Union (EU).
REGIONAL SITUATION ANALYSIS
In the month of April, the crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR) continued with an increase of the number of refugees fleeing to the neighbouring countries of Cameroon (1,424), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (3,282), and the Republic of Congo (778) - bringing the total to 462,015 refugees. At the same time, half of the CAR population (about 2,7 million people) rely on international assistance.
The crisis in CAR has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes. Today, more than 426,000 people remain displaced, living in the bush, in camps or with host families. They are among the 2.7 million Central African who depend on aid to survive, including 1.4 million people food insecure.
Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti
Africa Weather Hazards
Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.
Situation of refugees & displaced people in Far-North in numbers
106,000 TOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE (IDPS) (OCHA, APRIL 2015)
34,368 TOTAL NUMBER OF REFUGEES IN CAMPS (UNHCR, APRIL 2015)
39,000 TOTAL ESTIMATED SAM CASELOAD IN THE FAR NORTH IN 2015
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. He regrets that in spite of the military gains made by the affected countries, Boko Haram continues its wanton destruction and killing of civilians.
Le CICR intensifie ses actions dans la région du lac Tchad (L’OBS, 21/05/15)
Alarming Rise of Malnutrition and Food Insecurity in Western Chad (UNICEF, 12/05/15)
L’OIM aide les migrants tchadiens bloqués au Cameroun à rentrer chez eux (OIM, 05/05/15)
Le Tchad vise un taux d’accès à l’eau de 95% pour les 15 prochaines années (Alwihda Info, 21/05/15)
In Chad, making quality education a reality for a million children (UNICEF, 18/05/15)
By Javier Pérez de la Cruz
MELILLA , 22 May 2015 (IRIN) - It is a hot, sunny spring day in Melilla, Spain and a Syrian family is sheltering from the sun under a plastic tent while a group of young Africans are chatting in the shade of a small bridge.
Return movements, within Nigeria and cross-border, are increasingly reported. IOM Nigeria registered 8,900 returnees from Niger during the reporting period.
Results from a joint UNHCR-IOM assessment have been published, indicating there are 81,693 IDPs in Cameroon’s Far North.
May 22, 2015 / 64(19);527-531
José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)
A Pact for Peace, National Reconciliation and Reconstruction was adopted at the end of the Bangui National Forum which was held from 4-11 May. The Forum was attended by political and religious figures, armed groups, civil society members and youth groups. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the adoption of the Pact as well as an agreement signed by armed groups on the principles for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and called for its “swift implementation”.
PERIOD: January 2015 - December 2015
To immediately improve the living conditions of newly displaced individuals, ensuring their protection and providing them with basic goods and social services
To reinforce the protection of civilians, including their basic rights, in particular those of children and women.
To increase access to basic services and means of subsistence for vulnerable men and women.