International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.
In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.
Our work in Armenia in 2017
In Armenia, the ICRC focuses on civilians living in exposed communities along the international border, missing people and their families, mine victims and people deprived of their liberty.
We also spread knowledge of the international humanitarian law among national authorities, academics and armed forces. Our key partner is the Armenian Red Cross Society (ARCS) with whom we coordinate activities aimed at assisting people affected by the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
• The launch of the National Strategic Review in Armenia is scheduled for Monday 15 January 2018.
• Yerevan to receive a new loan from the German Development Bank (KfW) worth $93 million to assist with budgetary expenditures.
• Word Bank provided further support to the development of Armenia’s irrigation systems though a $2 million loan for the Additional Financing of the Irrigation System Enhancement Project.
Children in the Central Asia and South Caucasus sub-regions are vulnerable to poorly mitigated natural hazards, under-resourced social services, and weak governance and protection, despite the middle-income status of these countries. More than 80 per cent of children in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan live in areas of high or very high seismic risk, and 87 per cent of schools in Kyrgyzstan assessed for seismic risk are unsafe. The unfinished child health agenda includes tackling stunting rates as high as 30 per cent and related risks.
FACTS & FIGURES
300 000 beneficiaries for the entire region from the period of 2016 to 2017
Total disaster risk reduction (DRR) funding in the South Caucasus: €2.8 million from 2016 to 2018
Total EU humanitarian funding: €188 million from 1993 to 2016
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to average level
Cereal imports in 2017/18 marketing year (July/June) expected close to previous year’s level
Prices of wheat flour were stable in last months
Cereal production in 2017 estimated close to five-year average
Global Overview DECEMBER 2017
The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.
↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.
VIENNA, 7 December 2017 - On the occasion of the OSCE Ministerial Council Meeting in Vienna, we the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries -- Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, U.S.
New FAO report reveals food insecurity, nutrition problems in Europe and Central Asia
Some 14.3 million adults are still not getting the food they need and malnutrition is on the rise
4 December 2017, Budapest/Rome – The countries of Europe and Central Asia have made good progress reducing the prevalence of undernourishment, but some 14.3 million women and men in the region are still not getting the food they need and malnutrition problems are on the rise, according to an FAO report published today.
This paper synthesizes experience and learning from the European Commission-funded South Caucasus multi-country project ‘Improving Regional Food Security in the South Caucasus through National Strategies and Smallholder Production’. The aim is to support the design of future national policy influencing programmes.
MSF calls on Gavi to put children’s health at the centre of its funding model – not just economics
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 — 20 countries about to fall off Gavi funding ‘cliff,’ risking their ability to pay for life-saving vaccines for children long term
Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.
The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.