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01 Nov 2012 description

Food security conditions to deteriorate as the lean season begins


Although food insecurity conditions in most parts of the region have remained Minimal (IPC Phase 1) since the beginning of the consumption period, conditions are expected to deteriorate over the next six months with the start of the lean season in October.

31 Oct 2012 description

Food aid

The protracted civil strife increased the size of the population at risk of livelihood protection or survival deficits and requiring assistance to obtain basic goods. From 1994 onwards, the government started supporting the victims of the conflict and natural disasters, as well as specific social groups, with the help of the international community, particularly the World Food Program (WFP).

31 Oct 2012 description

The SADC Regional Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis (RVAA) Programme which comprises the multi-agency Regional Vulnerability Assessment Committee (RVAC) and the National Vulnerability Assessment Committees (NVACs), reported that the SADC generally experienced poor rainfall performance for crop production during the 2011/12 growing season. Many parts, especially in the southern half of the region experienced late onset of rains, followed by widespread localized prolonged gry spells especially in the second half of the season when most of the crops were at critical development stages.

30 Oct 2012 description

Chinjenje - At least 49 residences were destroyed on Sunday, in Chinjenje city, Huambo province, following the heavy rains hitting the municipality, Angop has learnt.

The disaster took place in the awards Valódia, Calondeia, Cachiquela, Caenda and Caparracassa leaving 49 families homeless.

The rains also destroyed a community school and a church.

29 Oct 2012 description

Atlas of health and climate launches new collaboration between public health and meteorological communities

Atlas provides maps, tables and graphs showing links between health and climate

Geneva, 29 October 2012 (WHO/WMO) – As the world’s climate continues to change, hazards to human health are increasing. The Atlas of Health and Climate, published today jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), illustrates some of the most pressing current and emerging challenges.

29 Oct 2012 description

Lubango - A total of 359,572 square metres of land was cleared of landmines since last January in the district of Quilengues, central Huila province, by the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), informed this Saturday in Lubango (provincial capital), the head of the division of engineering and infrastructures of the southern military region, Jerónimo da Costa.

29 Oct 2012 description

This week, renewed violence between Arakan Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims took place in Rahkin state in Myanmar, affecting an estimated 28,000 people. Sectarian violence between the two communities in June already left more than 75,000 people displaced. Despite a four-day truce that was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria. The number of flood-affected people in Chad has risen to 700,000, up from 445,000 in September, with 16 of the country’s 22 regions affected.

24 Oct 2012 description
report UN Children's Fund

In September 2012, UNICEF released the 2012 Progress Report on Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed. The report shows that the number of children dying before the age of 5 has drastically declined over the past two decades.

Click here for more information on A Promise Renewed.

By Luca Solimeo

22 Oct 2012 description

This week, armed violence continued to escalate in Syria with heavy fighting occurring in Homs, Daraa, Deir Ezzor, Idlib, Latakia, Aleppo and Damascus. The Government has been accused of using cluster munitions in populated areas. There is an increasing risk of regional spill over, the most recent event being the assassination of a senior intelligence official leading to unrest in Lebanon. Recent reports indicate that more than 900,000 people have been affected by conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile state in Sudan.

21 Oct 2012 description

Landmine victims data project opens Uíge - A national project to gather data on people with disabilities and landmines victims, intended to ensure their control and social integration opened Friday in northern Uige province.

This was said at the projects opening ceremony by the coordinator of the national subcommittee for assistance of disabled people and landmine victims, Maria da Nazare de Neto.

16 Oct 2012 description

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners launched a Flash Appeal on 28 September in response to the dire food security situation in Lesotho. The appeal seeks $38.46 million to address the needs of the most vulnerable people affected.

16 Oct 2012 description

Longonjo - At least 29 families from Longonjo town, some 64 kilometres west of Huambo city (central Angola) were left homeless as a result of rains pouring in the region.

Angop learned that the compounds of Camaco, Capango and Cassola were the most affected.

Tiago Rodrigues, one of the victims of the disaster, said this is the second time he is left homeless.

He said on the previous occasion in 2011, he was supplied with zinc sheets and other basic commodities by the Government.

10 Oct 2012 description
report Médecins du Monde

Médecins du Monde a décidé d’agir dans la zone de santé de Luambo (RDC), à la frontière de l’Angola.

A la recherche de meilleures conditions de vie, des Congolais traversent la frontière avec l’Angola pour y rechercher du travail. Malheureusement, leurs rêves de vie meilleure se terminent fréquemment par une arrestation suivie d’un emprisonnement et d’une expulsion vers la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).

09 Oct 2012 description
report Voice of America

Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

09 Oct 2012 description

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

Read the full article on AlertNet

05 Oct 2012 description
report The Guardian

By Mark Tran

Report finds discovery of oil and mineral resources doing little to improve prospects for poor people, whose lot may even worsen

Read the Full Report

04 Oct 2012 description
report Médecins du Monde

A la recherche de meilleures conditions de vie, des Congolais traversent la frontière avec l’Angola pour y rechercher du travail. Malheureusement, leurs rêves de vie meilleure se terminent fréquemment par une arrestation suivie d’un emprisonnement et d’une expulsion vers la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC).