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11 Dec 2008 description

Through the UN, Japan will support 21 African countries

Poznan, 11 December 2008 - Twenty-one African countries are set to benefit from a US$92.1-million programme backed by the Japanese Government, which is designed to support their efforts to adapt to climate change.

The details of where the money would be invested were finalized this week between Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), coinciding with the International Climate Change Conference in Poznan, Poland.

Through the new programme, UNDP will work with the African countries to help them develop their …

09 Dec 2008 description

High food prices to blame - economic crisis could compound woes

9 December 2008, Rome - Another 40 million people have been pushed into hunger this year primarily due to higher food prices, according to preliminary estimates published by FAO today.

09 Dec 2008 description

Le bilan s'est alourdi du fait des prix élevés des denrées alimentaires et la crise économique ne présage rien de bon

9 décembre 2008, Rome - Quarante millions de personnes supplémentaires ont rejoint cette année les rangs des sous-alimentés de la planète du fait principalement de la hausse des prix des denrées alimentaires, selon les estimations préliminaires de la FAO. Cela porte le nombre d'affamés dans le monde à 963 millions, contre 923 millions en 2007.

02 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG , 2 December 2008 (IRIN) - In another 12 years, 16 million more children could be malnourished at a time when even fewer people will be able to afford staple cereals like maize, rice and wheat, which would cost between 13 percent and 27 percent more.

29 Sep 2008 description
report World Bank

Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a lancé un mécanisme de financement rapide doté de 1,2 milliard de dollars - le Programme d'intervention en réponse à la crise alimentaire mondiale (GFRP) - afin d'accélérer les apports d'aide aux pays qui en ont le plus besoin. Le GFRP a approuvé et commencé à décaisser, en date du 26 septembre 2008, 152 millions de dollars pour des projets dans 18 pays. Un projet de 36 millions est en cours d'approbation. 393 millions de dollars supplémentaires sont en cours d'affectation pour des programmes dans 12 autres pays.

26 Sep 2008 description
report World Bank

Food Crisis

What the World Bank is Doing

The World Bank Group created a new $1.2 billion rapid financing facility-the Global Food Response Program (GFRP)-in May 2008 to speed assistance to the neediest countries. GFRP has approved and begun disbursing $152 million in 18 countries as of September 26, 2008. One project totaling $36 million is pending approval.

18 Sep 2008 description

Instead of the usual depiction of conflicts as countrywide and defined by national boundaries, this map displays distinct conflict-affected areas in Africa as sub-national and transnational pockets of insecurity, violence, and armed aggression.  Areas of conflict were drawn around locations of reported conflict incidents in 2007 and 2008, as well as concentrations of internally displaced persons and cross-border rebel bases and refugee camps in neighboring countries.

05 Sep 2008 description

Le Secrétaire général adjoint aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence, M. John Holmes a indiqué aujourd'hui lors d'une conférence de presse tenue au Siège de l'ONU, à New York, que les récents désastres climatiques qui ont affecté les Caraïbes, l'Asie du Sud et l'Afrique de l'Ouest étaient survenus au pire moment, alors que les pays touchés sont confrontés de surcroît aux conséquences néfastes de la crise alimentaire mondiale.

S'agissant de la situation dans les Caraïbes, M.

05 Sep 2008 description

Watch the Press Conference

The United Nations' emergency relief official today told a United Nations Headquarters press conference that the recent severe weather that had hit the Caribbean, South Asia and West Africa could not have come at a worse time, as many of the affected countries were already reeling from the effects of the global food crisis.

Briefing correspondents on the humanitarian situation in areas that have been affected by recent storms and floods, John Holmes, …

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

31 Aug 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations


Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

22 Aug 2008 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-third session
Item 42 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, questions relating to refugees, returnees and displaced persons and humanitarian questions

(covering the period 1 January 2007-15 June 2008)

03 Aug 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 Jul 2008 description

The UN system has rapidly taken note of the seriousness of the challenges to world food security by the recent dramatic escalation of the food price crisis worldwide and recognized the need for Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) to address the crisis and its root causes.

The UN System has mobilized to provide a common response to the crisis that takes into account the comparative advantages of all stakeholders.

31 Jul 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

25 Jul 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 2.8 percent to a record 2 180 million tonnes. Most of the increase is in wheat following significant expansion in plantings in all regions. Coarse grains output is expected around the bumper level of last year but lower than earlier anticipated due to severe floods in the United States, the world's largest producer and exporter. Rice is tentatively forecast to increase slightly from last year's good level.

- Despite the anticipated increase in world output, cereal markets will remain tight in 2008/09.

11 Jun 2008 description

Il permettra d'améliorer les statistiques dans 17 pays africains

11 juin 2008, Rome - Les informations statistiques de 17 pays d'Afrique subsaharienne feront un saut de qualité grâce à un don de 5,6 millions de dollars de la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates, annonce aujourd'hui la FAO.

Les pays concernés par le projet sont l'Angola, le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, le Cameroun, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Ethiopie, le Ghana, le Kenya, le Malawi, le Mali, le Mozambique, le Nigéria, l'Ouganda, le Rwanda, le Sénégal, la Tanzanie et la Zambie.

Etalé sur deux ans, le …

11 Jun 2008 description

New grant for FAO statistics improves information in 17 African countries

11 June 2008,Rome - The quality of statistical information from 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa will be dramatically increased with grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported FAO today.

The US$ 5.6 million grant over two years will allow the 17 countries identified, through the FAO country statistics information system (CountrySTAT), to substantially improve the quality, accessibility,relevance and reliability of their national statistics on food and agriculture.

01 Jun 2008 description


Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2008 Programme of Work

As the second semester of 2008 begins, the World Food Programme continues to focus its attention on the more than 81 million beneficiaries requiring food assistance. The total cost of 2008 activities is just over US$4.78 billion. Considering carry-over stocks and resources mobilized so far in 2008, and considering US$1 billion for prepositioning of food stocks for 2009, the total shortfall at this time of the year is US$2.71 billion.

06 May 2008 description
report Voice of America

By William Eagle

As food prices climb, African policymakers are considering short- and long-term ways to make food prices affordable. The measures range from food subsidies for consumers to incentives for farmers to increase production. From Washington, William Eagle has the story.

African governments are under pressure from consumers - and in some cases protestors - to act now.  Some, like Nigeria, are working to satisfy demand and lower prices by releasing emergency grain reserves.