Food insecurity and poverty pose major challenge to goal of ending hunger by 2030 in sub-Saharan Africa
FAO report stresses need to increase agricultural productivity
24 February 2017, Freetown - Some 153 million people, representing about 26 percent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014-15, according to a new FAO report.
Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region experience a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, and volcanoes. El Niño and La Niña, extreme phases of natural climate cycles, periodically exacerbate the impacts of hydrometeorological events in the LAC region. Unplanned urban expansion, environmental degradation, and poor land-use management also increase populations’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
This report has been developed collectively with humanitarian partners in the region to inform preparedness and advocacy efforts to mitigate and manage humanitarian risk in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes region*. It presents a three-month trend analysis from October to December 2016 and a humanitarian outlook from January to March 2017. It is the sixth report in the series and updates the previous scenario report which was published in October 2016.
Regional Trends: October-December 2016
The “Pacific Islands Meteorological Services in Action” Compendium which was compiled by SPREP-FINPAC Project in partnership with World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Climate and Oceans Support Programme for the Pacific (COSPPac) and Environment and Climate Change Canada is a result of a first “writeshop” for climate services in the Pacific.
22 February 2017, Rome - Mankind's future ability to feed itself is in jeopardy due to intensifying pressures on natural resources, mounting inequality, and the fallout from a changing climate, warns a new FAO report out today.
• 2016 cerró con 10.7 millones de personas afectadas, 10 % más que en 2015.
• Las inundaciones ocupan el primer lugar en tipo de desastre en la región, aunque la sequía genera el mayor número de personas afectadas.
• La temporada de huracanes en el Atlántico fue la más activa desde 2012 y las más mortal desde 2005.
• Durante 2016, Naciones Unidas solicitó fondos por US$339 millones en la región.
• 2016 marcó el 25 aniversario de la Resolución 46/182 de la ONU.
• 2016 closed with 10.7 million people affected, 10 per cent more than in 2015.
• Floods are the most frequent type of disaster in the region, although drought affected more people.
• The Atlantic hurricane season was more active than 2012 and more deadly than 2005.
• The United Nations requested funding for US$339 million for emergencies in the region.
• 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of UN Resolution 46/182.
More than 10 million people affected by disaster in 2016
Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.
Concerted action needed to stop diseases and pests from ravaging the food chain
FAO toolbox shows how prevention, early warning, preparedness can save lives and livelihoods
1 February 2017, Rome - Food availability and food hygiene are compromised every day by diseases and pests that plague plants and animals as well as various types of contaminants. This happens on farms, in factories, at home, in fresh or sea water, in the open air and in the midst of dense forests.
Une boîte à outils de la FAO montre comment la prévention, les alertes rapides et la préparation peuvent sauver des vies ainsi que les moyens d’existence
Experts meet in Delhi to discuss how South Asian countries could adopt the new drought monitoring system to better prepare and mitigate drought risks
The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.
by Stephen O’Brien and Stephen Catlin
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In an uncertain world, insurance can form part of a swifter, more predictable and cost-effective response package
ASUNCIÓN, 20 January 2017 – More than 34 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean still suffer from hunger, but the region is boosting its ability to make agriculture sustainable and ensure food security by curbing disaster risk.
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and regional body the Organization of American States have worked together with governments to craft a blueprint for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in the agriculture, food and nutritional security spheres.
Regional Office 2017 Requirements: US$7,200,000
The Lessons Learned Portal Project is a recommendation by participants of the February 2015 Expert Forum in Antalya, Turkey, a gathering of more than 90 participants that focused on “Lessons Learned about Lessons Learned about Hydro-meteorological Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate.”
Demand for climate information to inform decision- and policymaking is growing as the private and public sectors recognize its relevance and value in mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Users are seeking tailored and actionable climate information on a wide range of timescales, from past, current and future climate. Their needs are broad, including long-term decisions and planning, early warning of potential hazards and managing risks arising from climate variability and change.
East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.