Food and Nutrition

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01 Feb 2017 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the fourth quarter of 2016 (October to December).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

16 Jan 2017 description


  • A Country Programme Advisory Committee meeting, chaired by all WFP partner ministry officials, was organized to discuss and facilitate WFP’s work in India.
    The committee in principle ratified the Annual Work Plans for 2017.

  • A gender assessment commissioned by the country office was concluded. The recommendations of the assessment will be used to develop the country office gender strategy and action plan in-line with the global gender policy and regional gender strategy.

12 Jan 2017 description
report Caritas

On 12 December 2016, Tamil Nadu was gutted by a severe cyclonic storm Vardah, with wind speed up to 140 km per hour, making it the strongest storm to hit India since Cyclone Hudhud in 2014. Many homes – especially which were makeshift or poorly constructed were razed to the ground making them uninhabitable. Cut in water supply and access to food created conditions of compromised hygiene and health risks, particularly for adolescent girls and (pregnant and lactating) women.

11 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The South Asia region is prone to flooding, landslides, droughts and earthquakes, and faces a number of protracted conflicts and related internal and cross-border population displacement. By the end of March 2017, the refugee return crisis from Pakistan and Iran to Afghanistan – brought about by the obligatory or forced repatriation of Afghan refugees from both Pakistan and Iran to their country of origin – will affect an estimated 1.5 million people, 60 per cent of whom are children under 18.

05 Jan 2017 description

By Roli Srivastava

Khoch, INDIA, Jan 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Soni Wadwi breastfed her one-year-old son, Sonu, outside her hut in Khoch village, western India, she recounted how he almost died from severe malnutrition four months ago.

The family left the village in the Palghar district of Maharashtra state last year for work for several months as many do. When they returned, Sonu was weak and admitted to hospital.

28 Dec 2016 description
report Times of India

An inter-ministerial team will visit Tamil Nadu next week to assess the damage caused by cyclone Vardah. An official statement by the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) said the team would carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of the cyclone storm. The team will be led by MHA joint secretary Praveen Vashista. Representatives of the department of agriculture, cooperation & farmers welfare, department of expenditure, ministry of finance, are the members of the team, it said.

23 Dec 2016 description
report Government of India

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 17.12.2016, there is no Unprecedented, High, Moderate and Low flood sites in the country.


17 December (Day 1): ♦ Heavy rain at isolated places very likely over Andaman & Nicobar Islands. ♦ Cold wave conditions very likely over Interior Odisha, northeast Jharkhand and north Chhattisgarh.

22 Dec 2016 description


The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are an inspiring and essential call to action. We are being called upon to end hunger by 2030 for everyone – forever. So how do we respond? How can we make this a reality?

The following case studies from Burundi, India and Malawi highlight several steps which are being taken towards achieving ‘zero hunger’ in three very different countries. They focus on the complex challenges faced and the progress made so far, and demonstrate how lessons are being learned along the way.

22 Dec 2016 description


  • Early prospects for 2017 wheat crop favourable

  • Cereal production to rebound in 2016

  • Total cereal exports in 2016/17 forecast close to last year’s reduced level

  • Rice prices stable or decreased, while those of wheat strengthened in November

Early prospects for 2017 wheat crop favourable

20 Dec 2016 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) On Monday Dec. 12, Tropical Cyclone Vardah, with winds reaching close to 87 miles per hour, made landfall near Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and also affected the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone Vardah, equal to a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, forced thousands to evacuate and killed 23, according to the National Disaster Management Authority.

19 Dec 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 211,409

Balance Requested: US$ 211,409


• Emergency Assistance/NFI

• Food Security

• Shelter

• Hygiene (WASH)

13 Dec 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

The Severe cyclonic storm ‘Vardah’ made landfall near Chennai, the capital city of South Indian State of Tamil Nadu with winds around 140kmph for about 90 minutes during the afternoon of 12th December 2016, until it crossed the city and travelled inland, bringing at least 10 cm rainfall and claiming 10 lives. According to the recent weather forecast, light to moderate rainfall will occur in Chennai, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram and Villupuram districts of Tamil Nadu in the next 12 hours.

13 Dec 2016 description
report Times of India

TNN | Updated: Dec 13, 2016, 08.49 AM IST


  • As cyclone Vardah lashed Chennai, IT employees in city worked from home
  • Factories near Chennai were mostly shut
  • Amma canteens, ensured that the city did not have to bear the ordeal on an empty stomach and continued to serve food

CHENNAI: IT majors like Cognizant, Infosys, HCL Tech and Wipro gave work-from-home option to many of their employees on Monday as cyclone Vardah lashed the city. The few who did go were allowed to leave early. .

13 Dec 2016 description
report Government of India

According to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report dated 13.12.2016, there is no Unprecedented, High, Moderate and Low flood sites in the country.

09 Dec 2016 description
report ActionAid

Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts become more serious.

09 Dec 2016 description

This report is produced by Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 1 November to 30 November 2016. The next issue will be published around 31 December 2016.


  • Joint Rapid Assessment Reveals Disturbing Trend in Kunene Region

  • Namibia organises Information Management Scoping Mission

  • SBPP Expert Deployed to DDRM

  • Mauritius Hosts Africa Regional Platform on DRR

Situation Overview

06 Dec 2016 description
report Islamic Relief

Increased tensions on the Pakistani-Indian border have caused 11,000 families to flee.

Over the last two days Islamic Relief has delivered 300 food packs to feed 1,500 people who have fled their homes in the Upper Neelum Valley.

It’s believed thousands of families living along the border line have left their homes behind and moved towards nearby towns.

Some are staying with family members, while others are seeking shelter in government-allocated buildings.