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31 Oct 2017 description
report Africa Rice Center

Article contributed by SARD-SC ‘Rice component’ team members (Abiba Omar, Josey Kamanda and Sidi Sanyang)

After graduating in accountancy and management, 29-year old Loki Charles Cocou worked as a part-time teacher and gave private lessons at home in Cotonou, Benin. However, his income was insufficient for the needs of his wife and three children. Consequently, he returned to Bantè, his home village, located in the center of Benin, about 292 km from Cotonou.

25 Oct 2017 description

Rainfall deficits in September in Mauritania and Senegal may affect crops

KEY MESSAGES

  • The seasonal rainfall has been globally average to above average (Figure 1 and Figure 2) over most of the region, but September rainfall has been below average over most of the Sahelian zone with pockets of severe deficits in areas of Senegal, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

24 Oct 2017 description

The Algerian authorities have launched a discriminatory crackdown against foreign nationals, rounding up and forcibly expelling more than 2,000 sub-Saharan African migrants from a range of countries to neighbouring Niger and Mali over the past three weeks, said Amnesty International. Those expelled include more than 300 minors, among them at least 25 unaccompanied children.

20 Oct 2017 description

Moisture deficits in the Greater Horn of Africa could indicate delayed onset of seasonal rains

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall during August and early September has delayed crop development over parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana. Below-average rain is forecast next week, which further reduces the chance for recovery.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

12 Oct 2017 description

Despite average rainfall over East Africa, risk of flooding remains high in Sudan and Ethiopia

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. and below-normal rainfall in August and early September has produced moderate to large moisture deficits in parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.

  2. Below-average rain over the past three months has resulted in poor ground conditions in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

09 Oct 2017 description

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Plague in Madagascar
  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Cholera in Uganda
  • Cholera in north--east Nigeria
  • Hepatitis E in Niger
  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

06 Oct 2017 description

Elsie Assogba /PNUD Benin and Latifou Dakin /VNU

We have only one well that provides water to the whole village. During the dry season, each household can carry only a 30-litre basin of water for three days. Sometimes, we have to go right to Savalou, kilometres away to do our laundry and bring back a can of water.”

Angèle Zodjilou, a mother of five, recounts the ordeals of women in Tatonougo village, in the central hills region of Benin.

05 Oct 2017 description

Below-average rain recorded in West Africa, while above-average rain persists over Eastern Africa

  1. Inconsistent and below-normal rainfall since mid-August has increased moisture deficits and led to abnormal dryness for parts of southern Burkina Faso and northern Ghana.

  2. Recent heavy rains have caused the Niger and Benue Rivers in Nigeria to flood. Reports indicate that 100,000 people were displaced by flooding and many crops have been destroyed. Continued rain will keep rivers high.

05 Oct 2017 description

La carte d’anomalie de biomasse est une mesure en % de la production végétale d'une année donnée comparée à la moyenne des production depuis 1998. Cette carte permet d’identifier les zones en production exédentaire ou déficitaire vis à vis de leur production usuelle. Consulter www.sigsahel.info pour plus d'information.

04 Oct 2017 description

I. EUROPE ET MONDE

L’Espagne condamnée pour avoir immédiatement renvoyé des migrants perati à Melilla

03 Oct 2017 description

MISE EN OEUVRE DU PLAN D’ACTION DE BANJUL

Adhésion aux Conventions internationales portant sur l’apatridie (Objectif. 1.1)

03 Oct 2017 description

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BANJUL ACTION PLAN

Accession to International Conventions on Statelessness (Goal. 1.1)

  • Burkina Faso acceded to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness on 3 August 2017, marking an important milestone for the country in its commitment to eradicate statelessness as well as for the region, where 12 of the 15 ECOWAS Member States are now party to both the 1954 and 1961 Conventions.

National Legislation Reforms (Goal 1.3)

03 Oct 2017 description
report African Union

Le Conseil de paix et de sécurité (CPS) de l'Union africaine (UA), en sa 721ème réunion tenue le 28 septembre 2017, a examiné le rapport de sa mission dans les pays du Bassin du Lac Tchad, effectuée du 27 au 31 juillet 2017, et a adopté la décision qui suit:
Le Conseil,

03 Oct 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 721st meeting held on 28 September 2017, considered the Report of its Field Mission to the countries of the Lake Chad Basin that was conducted from 27 to 31 July 2017 and adopted the following decision:

Council,

01 Oct 2017 description

Le Réseau de systèmes d’alerte précoce contre la famine (FEWS NET) surveille les tendances des prix des aliments de base dans les pays vulnérables à l'insécurité alimentaire. Pour chaque pays et chaque région couvert par FEWS NET, le Bulletin des prix fournit un ensemble de graphiques indiquant les prix mensuels de l’année commerciale en cours pour certains centres urbains, et permettant à l’utilisateur de comparer les tendances actuelles à la fois aux moyennes quinquennales, qui indiquent les tendances saisonnières, et aux prix de l'année précédente.