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The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Southwest monsoon-2014: Daily Flood Situation Report - Summary of important events as on 30.07.2014


Yesterday, the southwest monsoon was vigorous over East Rajasthan and active over West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Region, Konkan & Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014-2023

Watch the press conference (Friday 11:30 am)

11/07/2014 - The recent fall in prices of major crops is expected to continue over the next two years before stabilising at levels above the pre-2008 period, but markedly below recent peaks, according to the latest Agricultural Outlook produced by the OECD and FAO.

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GIEWS Country Brief: India 24-July-2014


  • Prospects for the 2014 main season rice and maize crops improved with recent rains

  • Cereal exports decreased in 2013/14 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice and wheat prices generally stable in June but above their year-earlier levels in several markets

  • Food security concerns remain for the vulnerable groups of population due to high prices

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Situation Report in India, 23 July 2014

Sphere India

Sitrep: Flood Situation in Uttar Pradesh 22nd July, 2014

Sitrep: Traumatic Flood and Landslide Situation in Uttarakhand 17th July, 2014

Sitrep: Depression over North East Odisha and Adjoining area of West Bengal 21st July, 2014

Sitrep: Coastal Flood Situation in West Bengal 18th July, 2014

Sitrep: Flood Situation in Assam 8th July, 2014

Sitrep: Drought Situation in Rajasthan 21st July, 2014

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Putting Agriculture on the Takeoff Trajectory: Nurturing the Seeds of Growth in Bihar, India

The Green Revolution bypassed the state in its first wave in the 1960s and 1970s. Subsequently, during a short interval in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the agricultural growth rate reached almost 3 percent per year, one of the highest in the country, though over a smaller base. Even this modest growth was short-lived, and stagnation has set in again. This report explores why.

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11


  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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Study Highlights New Agricultural Methods and Technologies that can Save Governments Millions and Conserve Vital Natural Resources

Experts and policy-makers meet to share key findings from Ugandan and Indian national planning and food security study

Nairobi, 15 July 2014 - A shift in agricultural policy to encourage crop diversification and use of new water and energy saving technologies could save millions of hectare-metres (ha m) of water annually, as well as millions of dollars in energy costs, finds a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and partner food security study.

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Poor Sanitation in India May Afflict Well-Fed Children With Malnutrition

New York Times


HEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition.

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What are the Factors Enabling and Constraining Effective Leaders in Nutrition? A Four Country Study

Nisbett, N., Wach, E., Haddad, L., and Shams, E. L.

IDS Working Paper 447

Leadership has been identified as a key factor in supporting action on nutrition in countries experiencing a high burden of childhood undernutrition.

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The 2013 Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI 2013)

Executive summary

What is the HANCI?

This report presents the Hunger And Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) 2013. It seeks to:

1 . Rank governments on their political commitment to tackling hunger and undernutrition;

2 . Measure what governments achieve and where they fail in addressing hunger and undernutrition – providing greater transparency and public accountability;

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10


  • Food price inflation in the region continued to ease in April, rising at a pace of 3.2 percent compared to 4.5 percent in March as price rises slowed in China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

  • General inflation in the region fell to 5.1 percent, the fifth straight month inflation eased as moderate rises in food prices helped curb general inflation.

  • FAO is predicting global cereal production will plunge by 2.4 percent in 2014 from the record output in 2013 mainly because of decreases in wheat and coarse grains output.

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16th June 2014 – One Year of Uttarakhand and Himachal Disaster

CDRN Emergency Response & Rehabilitation Impact till date:

  • 5 Districts (Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi, Kinnaur & Tehri)

  • 31 Villages

1917 Families as Beneficiaries

o 6149 individual as Beneficiaries

o 1515 Children as Beneficiaries

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Bringing back smiles in cyclone-hit Odisha


Posted by Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam, Plan's Cash Transfer in Emergencies Specialist Syed Mohammed Aftab Alam

May 2014: As Kumari Ghadei, 48, recalls her experience of Cyclone Phailin - the strongest storm to rip across India’s east coast in 14 years - tears flow down her face.

Listening to her story takes me straight back to that fateful night last October, when I was deployed the night before Cyclone Phailin made landfall to monitor its movement and impact.

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Concern Worldwide Annual Report & Accounts 2013

Message from the Chairperson

As Chairperson I have the great privilege of working with extraordinarily dedicated Council members and staff throughout the organisation. The commitment to working with the poorest people in the developing world and fulfilling our mission is very evident throughout the organisation.

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SEWA and ICRISAT launch ICT-based knowledge sharing tools to boost smallholder agriculture

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India (16 May 2014) – The Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India and the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have joined hands to carry out Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based knowledge sharing platforms and other agricultural innovation initiatives, to improve productivity and profitability of smallholder agriculture.

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Response Bulletin - Phailin & Subsequent Flood, Odisha 2013, Volume 2, May 2014

Sphere India


Editorial & Messages

Coordination Initiatives

Cash Transfer

Water and Sanitation Hygiene

Shelter Support

Physical rehabilitation services

Livelihood support

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Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, April 2014 - Issue 9


Food price inflation in the region increased to 4.5 percent in March from 4 percent in February but still weaker than general inflation, which slowed to 5.7 percent.

  • FAO estimates China’s 2013 aggregate cereal production was 547.4 million tonnes in 2013, 1.4 percent higher than the 2012 record crop, even with a 1 percent smaller rice harvest.

  • In Indonesia, the price of rice has increased by 11.2 percent year-on-year despite record paddy production of 71 million tonnes in 2013.