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27 Dec 2012 description

Key messages:

• In West Africa, food prices were stable or decreased in November as staple food availability continued to improve with the ongoing marketing season. Some earlier-­than-­anticipated price increases occurred in region’s urban centers and structurally-­deficit zones due to limited commodity flows from surplus­producing areas.

21 Dec 2012 description

Key points

  • Good crop prospects confirmed by PREGEC

  • Locust situation remains of concern

  • Grain prices in West Africa and on the international market: millet prices remain high but other coarse grain prices are normalizing in West Africa

  • Households whose livelihoods remain affected by the 2011-2012 crisis might face food difficulties in 2013

20 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 20 December 2012 (IRIN) - Despite good rains across much of the Sahel this year, 1.4 million children are expected to be malnourished - up from one million in 2012, according to the 2013 Sahel regional strategy.

The strategy, which calls on donors to provide US$1.6 billion of aid for 2013, says fewer people are expected to go hungry in 2013 - 10.3 million instead of 18.7 million in 2012.

20 Dec 2012 description
report World Bank

More than 10 million people have been affected by the recent flooding in West Africa. Rainfall has eased across much of the region and clean-up and reconstruction efforts are underway. Nigeria remains the most affected country with 2.3 million people still displaced. There is also renewed flooding in Niger following upstream rains in Guinea. Relief efforts have now shifted to medium and long-term prevention measures.

Response missions to Cameroon, Benin, Niger and Chad were recently completed and a Bank-led impact assessment scoping mission is currently underway in Nigeria.

14 Dec 2012 description

Above-average harvests, with high prices persisting

KEY MESSAGES

  • Total cereal production by Sahelian and West African countries for the 2012/2013 growing season is estimated at 57,318,000 metric tons. Even without data for Burkina Faso, this puts production up by 13 percent from last year and 18 percent from the five-year average.

13 Dec 2012 description

WFP’s response to the food crisis in the Sahel

Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa brought hunger to millions for the third time in seven years.
The harvest has started in most areas and crop prospects are overall favorable. Neverthe-less, communities remain weakened after months of hardship during a lean season that was longer and more difficult than usual.

During the lean season when needs were greatest, WFP supported between five and six mil-lion people each month through nutrition and food security activities.

12 Dec 2012 description
The Gulf of Guinea: The New Danger Zone - French version

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

11 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDRES, 11 décembre 2012 (IRIN) - En juillet 2011, le président béninois Thomas Boni Yayi avait envoyé une lettre au secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour lui faire part de ses préoccupations. Son pays était menacé par des pirates qui faisaient fuir les navires dont dépendait son économie. Il demandait le même genre d'opérations que celles menées par la communauté internationale pour lutter contre la piraterie au large de la Somalie.

10 Dec 2012 description

L'Essentiel

 Bonnes perspectives agricoles confirmées par le PREGEC

 Une situation acridienne qui demeure sérieuse

 Tendances sur les marchés internationaux et en Afrique de l’Ouest : prix du mil toujours très élevés et normalisation du prix des autres céréales en Afrique de l’Ouest

 Difficultés alimentaires possibles en 2013 pour les ménages dont les moyens d’existence sont toujours affectés par la crise de 2011-2012

10 Dec 2012 description

This summary note is an excerpt from the chapter on Benin that will appear in the peer-reviewed IFPRI monograph, West African Agriculture and Climate Change: A Comprehensive Analysis.

The research, produced in collaboration with scientists from the countries studied, is based on scenarios from economic global climate change models, and takes into account estimates of each country’s economic and population growth. Each study includes a set of policy recommendations.

10 Dec 2012 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 10 December 2012 (IRIN) - In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. His country was being threatened by the activities of pirates, who were scaring shipping away from the ports on which his country's revenues depend. He wanted international help of the kind which had been deployed against piracy off the coast of Somalia.

30 Nov 2012 description

The African Development Bank Group has led an intervention in Benin, where over 60,000 people are living with HIV, aimed enabling the country to take the helm in the fight against the disease.

As part of AfDB’s investments in Benin’s human capital, the project had a strong focus on local ownership and capacity building, resulting in:

  • The training of 241 health workers in screening and treatment of HIV/AIDS, resulting in 200,000 people screened and 7,305 HIV-positive people treated.

29 Nov 2012 description

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

27 Nov 2012 description
report The Guardian

Facing hardship, families in Benin are sending their children to work in sometimes brutal conditions in neighbouring Nigeria

The abuse Timothy Goudjana suffered as a teenage labourer in Nigeria still haunts him. But decades later, he sent two of his own children, at a much younger age, to a similar fate.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

22 Nov 2012 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 22 novembre 2012 (IRIN) - Les travailleurs de la santé, qui vaccinent actuellement des milliers d'enfants et de jeunes adultes contre la méningite A au Bénin, le font désormais sans passer des jours à préparer des accumulateurs de froid, des glacières et des réfrigérateurs pour les charger dans des camions, car le vaccin a reçu l'autorisation d'être stocké à une température maximale de 40 °C pendant quatre jours maximum.

20 Nov 2012 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 20 November 2012 (IRIN) - Health workers currently immunizing thousands of children and young adults against Meningitis A in Benin are currently doing so without having to spend days preparing ice packs and sourcing generators and fridges to load on trucks because the vaccine has now won approval for being kept at up to 40 degrees Celsius for as long as four days.

Before, like almost all vaccines, the Meningitis A vaccine (marketed in Africa as MenAfricVac) was only licensed for use if kept at temperatures of 2-8 degrees Celsius.

16 Nov 2012 description

Cotonou, 15 November 2012. --The WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Luis SAMBO has commended the commitment of governments, development partners and other health stakeholders in the ongoing efforts to prevent and control meningitis in the Meningitis belt of the African Region.

12 Nov 2012 description

Both Guatemala and Myanmar were affected by earthquakes during the reporting period. On 7 November, an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude struck the pacific coast of Guatemala, affecting more than 600,000 people followed by a second quake of 6.2 magnitude on 11 November. There were no immediate reports of major infrastructural damage caused by the second earthquake. The 6.8 magnitude earthquake which struck in Myanmar on 10 November, meanwhile, damaged infrastructure but the full extent of the impact remains unclear.