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World + 10 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, July 2014 - Issue 12

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Regional general price inflation moderated to 5.7 percent in June after reaching 6.1 percent in May. Food price inflation slowed to 4.4 percent from 5 percent during the same period.

  • The benchmark Thai 100% B rice price rose 2.6 percent, but regional rice prices were stable.

  • Wheat prices fell annually by 3.5 percent in South Asia, and 8.2 percent in Pakistan.

  • China expects 122.6 million tonnes of wheat output this year, up 2 percent over last year.

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Nepal + 5 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (12 - 18 August 2014)

The Government of Nepal is leading the response. Humanitarian partners have strengthened their presence on the ground to support the delivery of food, water and medication.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Malaysia + 11 others
Dengue Situation Update, 12 August 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

In the last past weeks, Malaysia has experienced an increase in new dengue cases. As of 23 July:

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 53,246
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 147

The Philippines are experiencing a lower level of Dengue than in 2013. As of 19 July (Table 1):

  • Cumulative number of reported cases: 35,264
  • Cumulative number of deaths reported: 134
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Thailand + 3 others
Chonburi extends deadline for the registration of migrant workers

CHON BURI, 13 August 2014 (NNT)- Chonburi province will extend the deadline for the registration of undocumented foreign workers from Burma, Cambodia and Laos in keeping with the NCPO’s policy to eliminate human trafficking and labor abuse.

The two One Stop Service centers in the province will be operating until Oct 31st, 2014 while the previous deadline was in mid August. The extension of the deadline was decided on because of the crowd of employees needing registration and the inability of the centers to meet the huge demand for service each day.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Lao People's Democratic Republic 11-August-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • The 2014 rice output is forecast to decrease slightly
  • Rice production in 2013 was revised downward
  • Cereal exports in 2014 forecast to increase slightly
  • Food insecurity is of concern in parts of the country
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World + 51 others
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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World + 3 others
Improving nutrition through agriculture

Nearly 25 per cent of children under 5 are chronically malnourished. In South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, home to three quarters of these children, the figure is 40 per cent.

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Myanmar + 6 others
Drug-resistant malaria spreading fast in SE Asia

07/30/2014 22:12 GMT

PARIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Drug-resistant malaria parasites are now firmly established in border regions in four Southeast Asian countries, imperilling global efforts to control the disease, experts warned on Wednesday.

Blood samples taken from 1,241 malaria patients found that parasites which are resistant to the frontline drug artemisinin have spread to border areas in western and northern Cambodia, eastern Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, they said.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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How to Destroy a 100-lb White Phosphorus Bomb

This 100-pound white phosphorus bomb was found in a rice field in Khammouane province, Laos. White phosphorus munitions were used extensively during the Vietnam War.

All 17 provinces in Laos and around a quarter of all villages suffer from unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination. More than 90 per cent of people living in these areas live in fear of UXO. The most common worry is that children will be killed or injured whilst they are playing.

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Cambodia + 9 others
Dengue Situation Update, 15 July 2014

Update on countries experiencing a large increase in Dengue cases

Southern Hemisphere

Pacific Islands

Currently there are reports of dengue cases occurring in the Pacific including New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Solomon Islands and Fiji.

Fiji

No update available

French Polynesia

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11

Highlights

  • 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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Lao women leading effort to clear millions of unexploded bombs left over from Vietnam War

By Sally Sara

Women are on the frontline of the effort to find and destroy millions of unexploded cluster bombs which are still claiming lives decades after being dropped on Laos.

The US dropped up to 260 million cluster bombs on Laos during the Vietnam War - the equivalent of one bombing mission every eight minutes, for nine years.

It left Laos as the most heavily bombed country, per capita, in the world.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation:

© ABC

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Thailand + 1 other
UNHCR deplores deportation of Laotian refugee from Thailand

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 8 July 2014, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

UNHCR is dismayed by the deportation by Thailand of a refugee recognized by UNHCR to the Lao People's Democratic Republic, where he could face harsh treatment amounting to persecution.

According to information confirmed this week by the Thai authorities, the deportation of this former Lao Hmong leader took place on 13 June.

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Standard Operating Procedure (SOP): Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment (DaLNA) in Khammouane Province, Lao PDR

From 24 to 26 June 2011, Typhoon Haima swept through the northern and central provinces of Lao PDR, causing widespread flooding in four provinces – Bolikhamxay, Xayaboury, Vientiane, and Xiengkhouang. The floods caused extensive damage to people’s livelihoods, property, and to social and physical infrastructure.

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Planning, Budgeting and Financing: Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction Activities in Khammouane Province, Lao PDR

This guideline on planning, budgeting and financing guides all provincial and district government officials to prepare a recovery plan which is responsive to the outcomes of the Damage, Loss, and Needs Assessments in Khammouane province.

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Myanmar + 2 others
Education focus in Burma and Laos

During my visit to Burma and Laos I announced that the Australian Government will focus on increasing educational opportunities for primary and tertiary students, and improving teacher quality.

In Burma about half of the country’s five million school aged children do not complete primary school. In some districts of Laos only one quarter of girls complete primary school.

The Australian Government will provide $86 million over four years for education in Laos to help around 450,000 children achieve literacy, numeracy and other life skills for a better future.

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Malaria outbreaks remain worrisome but progress is being made in response and control

Despite a substantial reduction of the malaria burden, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic continues to experience outbreaks and the country’s first-line drugs are beginning to lose effectiveness. A national strategy is being developed to tackle the challenge.

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Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods MDRLA003 DREF Final Report

Appeal history:

  • A DREF Operation was initially launched on 3 October 2013 for CHF 292,168 to support Lao Red Cross (LRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 10,000 beneficiaries (2,000 families) for six months and to further assess needs.

  • Operations Update 1 (dated 6 November 2013) reported on initial steps to procure in-country relief goods and plans for Thai Red Cross to provide in-kind support in terms of staff to be deployed to LRC.

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Thailand + 3 others
Fears of Crackdown Trigger Exodus

Adopt Reforms to Protect Migrant Worker Rights

(New York, June 20, 2014) – The Thai military authorities should urgently improve human rights protections of migrant workers to end their mass flight from the country, Human Rights Watch said today.

Human Rights Watch:



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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, May 2014 - Issue 10

Highlights

  • 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.