Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.
Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.
Post 2015: Space-based information for disaster risk reduction
In this issue
How can Space-based information contribute to disaster risk assessment?
Risk knowledge in tsunami early warning: the GITEWS project Modelling changes in the behaviour of floods using Earth observations
Editorial: The future key role of Earth observations in disaster risk reduction
The levee of Cimanuk River Pilangsari Village, Jatibarang Sub District and Tulungagung Village Kertasemaya Sub District in Indramayu District, West Java, on Monday (16/3), at 03.00 pm has caused widespread flooding in seven sub districts in Indramayu. It is reported from Local Agency for Disaster Management (BPBD) of Indramayu District that flooding has happened in the 7 sub-districts i.e. Sub district of Jatibarang,Kertasemaya, Bangodua, Lohbener, Sindang, Tukdana, and Pasekan. Worst sub-district affected in Jatibarang and Kertasemaya.
Last week, a group of Save the Children volunteers flew out to Indonesia to see first-hand how our Families First Signature Programme is transforming children’s lives.
East Anglia volunteer David Float has been blogging daily on the experience.
Yesterday we ventured from the big cities and out into the field (in more ways than one).
UNDP recognizes governance as a key unresolved issue in both the configuration and the reduction of disaster risk. With the aim of protecting development investments and ultimately building people’s resilience, UNDP has made strengthening disaster risk governance a cornerstone of its efforts to understand, reduce and manage risk.
'Of course we are terrified. Each time there is heavy rain, there are landslides and fallen trees everywhere... But what can we do, we try to stay calm and hope nothing will happen to our family. Our livelihood is here, our coffee plantation is our main source of income, so we have no choice'.
Six countries in Asia are taking the lead in collaboration with the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to deliver “blue growth” – a regional initiative which aims to promote the intensification of aquaculture production in an ecological and sustainable way, FAO officials announced today.
The six countries, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are taking the lead to pilot plans to upgrade aquaculture in order to help meet the food security needs of a growing global population – expected to top nine billion people by 2050.
The Director’s Letter
Col. Joseph Martin, USAF
The imperative of sustaining public trust, and the complexity of governance demand strong accountability mechanisms to assure that the governments and other parties managing disaster response carry out their commitments
Regional inflation edged downward in January to 3.3 percent from 3.4 percent in December, while food inflation picked up to 4.7 percent compared to 4.3 during the same period.
Vegetable prices spiked in India because of extreme cold weather and unexpected rains in December. Wheat prices rose 11.8 percent, supported by increased minimum support prices.
Soybean prices fell 11.2 percent in Myanmar on increased imports and new harvest arrival.
Strong winds followed by heavy rain seriously damaged 75 houses in the village of Sidan, the regency of Gianyar, Bali, on Tuesday, and some of them were leveled to the ground.
"Fortunately there were no casualties amid the ruins of the houses," village secretary AA Gede Alit said on Wednesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
The winds slammed across Banjar Bukit Sari, Jagaperang, Sidan and the village of Sidan, in the sub-district of Gianyar, Gede Alit said.
RESULTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
• GFDRR has provided $2.8 million in grants and technical assistance support for community-level risk awareness raising and streamlined disaster preventive measures. This support has also served as building-blocks for World Bank-financed community driven development projects of $1.2 billion which cover more than 100 million urban dwellers spread across 33 provinces.
Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post, Karo, North Sumatra | Archipelago | Wed, March 04 2015, 7:06 AM
Residents displaced by the Mount Sinabung eruption in Karo regency, North Sumatra, have yet to receive cash aid to pay for accommodation and day-to-day needs despite the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) having transferred the funds to the Karo Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) last week.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Good prospects for 2015 main season rice crop
Aggregate rice production in 2014 estimated slightly below previous year’s record level
Cereal imports expected to increase in 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)
Rice prices at record levels in February
Why community-led partnerships matter
Tianyi Luo, Andrew Maddocks, Charles Iceland, Philip Ward and Hessel Winsemius - March
This blog was co-written with Hessel Winsemius and Philip Ward. Hessel is a researcher at Deltares. Philip is a senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam.
Last September, Hamberton Nongtdu woke to a loudspeaker at a nearby mosque blaring a warning: Floods were coming.
2 March 2015: To most of us, the belief that our children should have to worry about violence at school is unthinkable. Parents should be able to trust that their kids’ schools are safe, and that an environment of learning should be devoid of violence.
Yet according to evidence being released this week from Plan International and the International Centre for Research on Women, violence is distressingly commonplace within schools in Asia.
3 March, Jakarta - The Indonesian and Dutch government today launch a comprehensive five-year multi million public-private partnership initiative for enhancing coastal safety at the North Coast of Java. It aims to build stable coastlines with reduced erosion risk through a unique integration of mangrove restoration, small scale hard-engineering and sustainable land use.