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31 Dec 2009 description
  • Off-season farming activities are increasingly widespread and, in certain cases, harvests are already underway, providing a diversified food supply and income for interested population groups. Thus, households in Sudanian areas are generally food secure while those in other parts of the area, particularly in the Eastern Sahel, are moderately food-insecure.

    - However, the food access of pastoral groups, whose livestock sales on major markets in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal have been slow due to weak household purchasing power, is beginning to cause concerns.

24 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

COTONOU, 24 December 2009 (IRIN) - Benin's cereal production is expected to be 45 percent higher than last year, but poor storage ruins an estimated 40 percent of the annual harvest, according to UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

"The same effort we are putting into production is not going into conservation," said Benin's FAO representative, Jean Prosper Koyo. "It is not enough to just produce, but the surplus needs to be stockpiled."

He added: "Storage is important so that products can be processed here.

22 Dec 2009 description

Conseil des droits de l'homme

Treizième session

Point 3 de l'ordre du jour

Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l'homme, civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels, y compris le droit au développement


Après avoir évoqué l'état de l'insécurité alimentaire au Bénin, le Rapporteur spécial analyse le cadre juridique et institutionnel qui régit le droit à l'alimentation. Il examine ensuite les différentes politiques publiques qui ont un impact significatif sur la réalisation progressive du droit à l'alimentation au Bénin.

22 Dec 2009 description

Human Rights Council
Thirteenth session
Agenda item 3
Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic,

21 Dec 2009 description


Having regard to the Treaty on European Union and on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid, and in particular Articles 2, 4 and Article 15(2) thereof;


(1) The most vulnerable populations in the Sahel region of West Africa are exposed to an extraordinary high level of risk of crisis due to this year's erratic rains and continued high local food prices;

(2) GAM (Global Acute Malnutrition) rates in the region remain constantly above the alert …

20 Dec 2009 description

Jeddah,14.12.2009: The Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), which concluded its 263rd session at IDB Headquarters in Jeddah, approved new finances totaling US$ (504) million for development projects and technical assistance in favor of Benin, Kyrgyz, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Nigeria, Uganda, Bangladesh, Iran and Uzbekistan. A Technical Assistance Grant was also approved for the Regional Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).

16 Dec 2009 description

La Commission européenne décide d'allouer 30 millions d'EUR pour amortir l'impact de la crise économique en Haïti

La Commission européenne a approuvé les premières décisions de financement en faveur d'onze pays d'Afrique et de deux pays des Caraïbes, dont Haïti, pour 230 millions d'EUR au total, dont 215 millions au titre du «mécanisme FLEX relatif à la vulnérabilité (V­FLEX)». Il s'agit de la première série de décisions de financement dans le cadre du mécanisme V­FLEX, doté de 500 millions d'EUR, qui a été adoptée en août 2009 en réponse à la crise …

15 Dec 2009 description

Malaria: Overview

Saving Lives

Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. At least 1 million infants and children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa die each year from the mosquito-borne disease.

A Global Leader in Fighting Malaria

USAID has been committed to saving lives and fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with national governments to build their capacity to prevent and treat the disease.

15 Dec 2009 description


Brussels, 15 December 2009 - The European Commission approved the first financing decisions in favour of eleven African and two Caribbean countries for a total of € 230 million, including € 215 million under the so-called Vulnerability FLEX mechanism (V-FLEX).

06 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 6 December 2009 (IRIN) - Money to help the world's 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - the poorest and most vulnerable - cope with the impact of climate change will be in the spotlight when the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15) kicks off on 7 December.

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was set up in 2001 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help them address their "urgent and immediate" adaptation needs.

The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, …

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 décembre 2009): Les acteurs humanitaires de l'Afrique de l'Ouest ont lancé aujourd'hui un appel de fonds de plus de 160 milliards de FCFA (368 millions US$) pour répondre aux besoins de millions de personnes démunies dans la région au cours de l'année 2010.

Cet appel permettrait de sauver des vies à travers les 15 pays membres de la Communauté Economique des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et la Mauritanie en finançant des opérations dans des secteurs vitaux tels …

04 Dec 2009 description

(Dakar/New York, 4 December 2009): West Africa's humanitarian actors launched today an appeal for US$368 million (160 billion CFA) in order to respond to the humanitarian needs of millions of vulnerable people in 2010.

This appeal would contribute in saving lives throughout the 15 countries that make up the Economic Community of West African States and Mauritania by financing projects in life-saving sectors such food security and nutrition, health, water and hygiene, and protection.

Comprised of …

04 Dec 2009 description

CONTACT: Jennifer Klopp, Vice President of Development and Communications Helen Keller International 212-532-0544 x808 jklopp@hki.org

December 4, 2009, Dakar, Senegal - Benin and Togo recently celebrated the official launch of food fortification efforts in both of their countries, joining neighboring countries Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire and Mali, which already have efforts underway.

Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are highly prevalent in West Africa, especially for children under five years old and pregnant and lactating women.

01 Dec 2009 description

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes.

As World Aids Day is marked on Tuesday, globally some 33.4 million people were living with HIV.

30 Nov 2009 description


Responding to humanitarian emergencies in West Africa is challenging due to the region's diverse crises. Each crisis is complex, severe and affects the population's coping capacities. At least 139 million people live in extreme poverty in West Africa. These people are particularly vulnerable to overall food insecurity, the effects of recurrent and regular natural disasters, and cyclical epidemics compounded by climate change and socio-political instabilities.

30 Nov 2009 description


The 2010 Humanitarian Appeal addresses twelve major humanitarian crises around the world. It presents a strategic, concerted action plan for each crisis, bringing together hundreds of aid organizations working together to deliver vital aid effectively and efficiently. It requires donors also to act together to ensure that these joint efforts receive the urgent funding needed to save lives, prevent irrecoverable harm, maintain dignity and restore self-reliance.

30 Nov 2009 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights', and the efforts of the continent's developing countries to reach some of the key indicators of universal access are under closer scrutiny than ever. Will they do it?

In December 2005 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) adopted a resolution to assist governments, civil society and NGOs in "scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, with the aim of coming as close as possible to the goal of universal access …

25 Nov 2009 description
  • La situation alimentaire des ménages s'améliore globalement dans toute la région avec la généralisation des récoltes.

    - Les missions conjointes CILSS-FAO-FEWS NET-PAM ont estimé des productions moyennes à bonnes dans les zones soudaniennes et guinéennes de tous les pays de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. Par contre, dans la zone sahélienne les productions sont globalement mauvaises avec d'importants déficits au Tchad, au Niger et à l'extrême nord du Nigeria.

24 Nov 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 24 novembre 2009 (IRIN) - La première campagne multi-pays de vaccination contre la fièvre jaune dans le monde a débuté le 23 novembre, avec 12 millions de personnes ciblées au Bénin, au Liberia et en Sierra Leone.

23 Nov 2009 description

With the ratification by the government of Benin, the 'Convention against the proliferation of light and small caliber weapons' (ALPC) adopted in June 2006 in Abuja by the 15 member states of Western African States Economic Community (ECOWAS).

The Dakar based organism issued a note saying that the importance of Benin's ratification last September 29, (joining Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), allows for the convention to be adopted.