FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Winter grains production in 2015 forecast to increase from previous year’s drought-reduced level
Below-average cereal harvest gathered in 2014
Cereal imports expected to increase, exports to decline in 2014/15
Aggregate food price index increases
Favourable production outlook for 2015 winter grains
Disaster in the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today (Sunday) announced additional humanitarian funding of €2 million in response the ongoing crisis in Syria and the region, as well as funding of €9.5 million for the worldwide operations of two of Ireland’s key humanitarian partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Minister Flanagan is currently in Turkey during the visit of President Higgins to the region. The Minister has met with Foreign Minister, Cavusoglu.
Approval was granted by Turkish MOFA in late March for the renewal of UN radio frequency licenses which will be used to expand radio coverage in south-eastern Turkey. ETC has installed a UHF repeater in Gaziantep to expand radio coverage in the south.
Approval is still pending from Syrian MOFA to import telecommunications equipment to support the humanitarian community in Syria.
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United Nations Humanitarian Chief, Citing ‘Atrocity after Atrocity’, Warns Time Running Out
Expressing alarm that the Syrian crisis had become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening regional stability, the Security Council this morning called for stepped-up, coordinated international support to neighbouring countries hosting refugees from the conflict.
WFP delivered enough food to support over 4 million people in March, of which almost 15 percent was delivered cross border from Turkey and Jordan
While efforts to negotiate access continue, WFP reached less than ten percent of those believed to be in need of assistance in hard to reach and besieged areas
Despite donor generosity, shortfalls forced WFP to cut assistance to some 1.8 million Syrian refugees by 30 percent since the beginning of the year
A new education centre for Syrian children was officially opened today in Turkey with the financial support of the EU Children of Peace initiative.
The education centre was built in the city of Kahramanmaraş by UNICEF, in partnership with the Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority and the Ministry of National Education.
This fourteenth report is submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014) and paragraph 5 of Security Council resolution 2191 (2014), in which the Council requested the Secretary-General to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.
Qatar Charity's Taif Program recently provided 12 trucks carrying more than 120 tons of in-kind humanitarian assistance to help Syrian refugees on the Turkish border. A similar initiative was held earlier this year in Yemen whereby Qatar Charity helped 56,000 Yemenis with such aid in the governorates of Sana’a, Amanah, Aden, Hodeidah and Dhamar, including Ethiopians living as refugees in Yemen and orphans at the Al-Rufaqaa Orphanage.
The UK has allocated £378 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £182 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.03.2015) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.
Istanbul, Turkey | Tuesday 4/21/2015 - 09:53 GMT
Turkey's coastguard rescued 30 Syrians from a boat heading towards Greece after their vessel began to take on water in the Aegean Sea, state media said Tuesday.
The rescue operation came amid a surge in the numbers of migrants seeking to reach Europe, following the Mediterranean's worst migrant disaster in which as many as 800 people drowned off Libya.
Following the appeal launched by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on behalf of Syrian refugees, the Prince’s Government is allocating 75,000 euros to the World Food Programme.
After four years of conflict, nearly 11.5 million Syrians are being displaced within the country or have sought refuge in neighbouring states.
A Fijian aid team in Vanuatu has delivered 19 babies on the island of Tanna.
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Once a sleepy border town, Reyhanli, Turkey, is now bursting with Syrian refugees, many of them school-age. More than half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school, and the education crisis is fueling an epidemic of early marriage, child labor and bleak futures.
"I just finished the 12th grade and I don't know what to do," says Abdullah Mustapha, a refugee from the Syrian town of Hama.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.