GAIN and Unilever have signed an agreement at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that aims to improve the lives of 2.5 million farmers and their families.
The Memorandum of Understanding has targets to improve the health and nutrition of smallholder farmers and farm workers in Unilever’s supply chain, through the creation of a global Nutrition Intervention Programme (NIP).
Countries are recognising their obligation to feed their citizens, but with growing corporate control over food systems, the battle is far from over
Biraj Patnaik in Delhi
As the first round of intergovernmental negotiations on the sustainable development goals gets under way in New York, I am reminded of the immense struggle over time to ensure that every human being has quality food in sufficient quantity to meet their needs – a right laid out by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights back in 1948.
- Disaster Overview
Heavy monsoon rains began on September 2, 2014 in Jammu and Kashmir region leading to heavy flooding. On September 3, a border security officer and five others were killed in landslides and flash floods triggered by heavy rain the Jammu region. The Jammu and Kashmir government sounded a flood alert for the state on September 4 after three days of incessant rain had flooded 23 villages. By September 6 the flooding was recognized as the worst in 50 years and the death toll had risen to 150.
Snapshot 14–20 January
Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.
1. Executive Summary:
Nigeria: Violence has escalated significantly in the northeast. Boko Haram killed more than 2,100 people in the first 11 days of the year. Most were killed in an attack on the town of Baga and surrounding settlements in Borno state, on Lake Chad. Up to 20,000 people were displaced. Other attacks took place in Maiduguri, Damaturu, and Potiskum.
The NDFB warned of the retaliation when Assam Police launched an operation against them and started attacking the tribal people. NDFB attacked on 23rd December 2014 in the three different districts of Assam including Kokrajhar, Sonitpur after two of their people were killed on 21st December resulted in deaths of 71 local tribal people (adivasis) in Assam so far. Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirag, Baksa, Bongagaon and Udaiguri are affected by conflict and have been attributed to National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit faction).
A. SITUATION REPORT ASSAM
According to the latest reports from different sources, the death toll rose to 85 till 28th December in attacks and counter attacks between the two groups (Bodo and Adivasis).
The overall situation has remained peaceful with no fresh incidents of violence reported from affected districts during last 48 hours. Curfew has been relaxed in all the districts following gradual improvement in the overall situation.
CONDUCTED BY: STATE INTER AGENCY GROUP – WEST BENGAL
DATE: 4TH January 2015
DISTRICT: ALIPURDUAR, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
Soon after the Assam Conflict on 23rd of December 2015, Internally Displaced People (IDP) have taken shelter in Kumargram Block of West Bengal. Considering the situation and based on the initial feedback from associates, IAG WB has decided to go for Joint Rapid Need Assessment (JRNA) in four relief camps at Kumargram block with the above mentioned team.
1.- Brief description of the emergency and impact:
Les variétés améliorées doivent aller de pair avec des systèmes agricoles respectueux de l'environnement, conviennent des experts internationaux
19 décembre 2014, Rome – Les systèmes d'exploitation à base de céréales doivent entamer la transition vers l'agriculture durable si l'on veut qu'ils répondent un jour à une demande inégalée de maïs, de riz et de blé. Tel est l'un des messages clés d'une réunion, cette semaine à la FAO, d'un groupe d'éminents experts internationaux.
Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.
World experts agree improved crop varieties need to go hand-in-hand with eco-friendly farming systems
Rome, 19 December 2014 - Cereal-based farming systems must join the transition to sustainable agriculture if they are to meet unprecedented demand for maize, rice and wheat. That was one of the key messages to emerge from a meeting held by FAO this week and attended by leading crop production specialists.
General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.
Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.
In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.
Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
Snapshot 3–9 December
Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.
Tout le monde se souvient de ce qu’il faisait ce jour-là, quand les images ont déferlé quasiment en direct dans les foyers. C’était il y a 10 ans. Le 26 décembre 2004 se produisait le plus grave tsunami de l’histoire : les côtes d'Indonésie, du Sri Lanka et du sud de l'Inde, ainsi que l'ouest de la Thaïlande étaient dévastées en quelques heures.